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4 Things That Need To Be In Your Mobile App Testing Plan
Is your mobile app ready for testing? The mobile app testing phase of your development process allows a select group of people to install and test preproduction apps. During this process, testers must provide feedback for any problems they identify as well as recommending new features. Doing so increases the quality of your enterprise mobile apps and can improve mobile app adoption after the official release. A successful testing phase should have a wide range of participants. Having technology savvy testers on your list is a great idea, but don’t forget to include non-technical people as well. A combination of both will give you the variety of feedback you need. Here are four areas that should be included in your mobile app testing plan:
1. Installation testing
Chances are that your application will need to be downloaded and installed by the mobile device owner through a public or enterprise app store. Installation testing allows you to verify the installation process with a wide group of users. It will cover the installation, updating, and uninstalling of your application.
2. Basic functionality testing
Basic functionality testing makes sure that your application meets minimum requirements for functionality. These will typically be established at the beginning of the project.
3. Usability testing
After basic functionality testing, usability testing verifies every aspect of the application performs properly. It verifies that the application achieves its goals and that usability gets a positive response from testers. Achieving good scores on usability testing can be a critical part of an application’s success.
4. Performance testing
What happens when your application has to perform in less than ideal circumstances? Performance testing allows people to test the behavior performance of an application in situations of poor network coverage, low battery, low available memory, and other problems that may occur. Performance testing can also show how an application will perform with potentially hundreds or even thousands of people using the app versus a few people in a test environment. This type of load testing is no longer an optional part of the testing process. Load testing will show that a company’s service level agreements (SLAs) will be met even when a huge number of users try to access the system.
As enterprise mobility continues its steady rate of growth, mobile app testing will continue to be an important part of the mobile application development lifecycle. By testing the installation, functionality, usability, and performance, you can make sure that your application is ready to be released while ensuring end-user adoption and satisfaction.
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