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Risk-based Mobile Testing

By Rex Black, President, RBCS, Inc.

Risk-based testing is a long-standing best practice, but can you apply it to mobile testing? Absolutely! In this short article, we’ll review what risk-based testing is, and then explain how it can be applied to testing mobile apps. Risk-based testing will help you focus on what to test, how much, and in what order on your mobile apps, which, given the timescales of mobile app testing, is more critical than ever before.
 
For any realistic-sized system, testing cannot reduce the risk of failure in production to zero, due to the impossibility of exhaustive testing. While testing does reduce the risk of failure in production, most approaches to testing reduce risk in a suboptimal and opaque fashion.

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[The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Mobile Testing: An ASTQB-BCS Foundation Guide, coming out in summer 2018.  This section talks about the important issue of mobile test environments.]

Earlier in this book, I gave the example of my client that gave iPhones to all the sales associates in their stores.  Because of that, they have a fairly homogeneous environment. This is true not only of the client-side, but also the connectivity in the stores (through the in-store Wi-Fi installed by them) and the back-end servers in the stores and in their data centers.

In terms of mobile testing, this homogeneity makes them the exception that proves the rule, as the saying goes.  They don’t have to deal with widespread and unpredictable environmental diversity.  What diversity they do have is due to deliberate decisions. For example, they have to depreciate the iPhones, so over time there came to be multiple generations of iPhones in stores.
 

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Webinars

Podcast Episodes

Webinar: Mobile Apps: Testing on the Small Screen


Length: 1h 15m 0s

Mobile apps have more users than PC apps, and people spend more time on mobile apps than on PC apps. Mobile apps have been around since the 1990s, but the real explosion in mobile apps has occurred in the last ten years. And, while time-wasters and entertainment apps abound, mission-critical and safety-critical apps exist, and so quality matters. What do we need to know about testing mobile apps? It’s more than just a smaller screen, right? In this webinar, Rex will describe the key things that mobile application testers must consider. Join us for a quick introduction to the art and science of mobile app testing.

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Webinar: Can Your Mobile Device Save Your Life? 11/10/16


Length: 1h 20m 51s

At first, mobile phones were limited, clunky, dumb luxuries. Now, almost half of the world’s population carries in their pockets or purses more computing power than was involved in the Apollo program that landed men on the moon—and safely brought every one of them home. But a smart phone is not just a computer. What are the implications of always carrying a computer that is also a two-way radio and a GPS location device? Does it make you safer, or put you at risk? How is the ubiquity of mobile technologies changing the world? What are the intersections between mobile technologies, crime, fraud, privacy, security, and encryption? What are the testing and quality implications of this modern, mobile world? Join Rex for some thoughts, case studies, and suggestions about the exciting and sometimes scary world mobile technologies are bringing to us.

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In just a few years, mobile devices and the applications on them have upended the way people use computers. People spend more time than ever on their PCs, but people spend even more time on their mobile devices. Obviously, mobile devices and apps have important differences from their PC counterparts. It’s not just a smaller screen! However, does that mean that all proven best practices for testing and quality go out the window when dealing with mobile apps? In this webinar, Rex will explain what changes, and what doesn’t change, when you move into the mobile world.

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Training

ISTQB Virtual Advanced Security Tester Boot Camp

The Advanced Security Tester Boot Camp course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.

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ISTQB Virtual Advanced Test Automation Engineer Boot Camp

The Advanced Test Automation Engineer Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.

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Selenium Tester Foundation Training

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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Selenium Tester Foundation Training - Private

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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Virtual Selenium Tester Foundation Training

The Selenium Foundation is a practical training course aimed at test professionals who desire a basic understanding of Selenium WebDriver for creating web application tests.  Participants will learn about factors to consider when deciding to automate testing as well as specific techniques for navigation, interacting with GUI elements, logging, reporting, and more.  Upon the successful completion of the course, a participant will be able to create and run Selenium WebDriver tests without supervision.

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