You Need a Mobile Testing Strategy - Whether or Not You Have a Mobile App
You're walking down the street. You see something interesting, and you want
to know more about it. What do you do? Do you wait until you get home, open
up your laptop, and type "google.com" into your search bar?
No, of course not. You probably whip out your phone and go to the app store
to see if there is an appropriate mobile app you can download, right?
You search on your phone.
Overall, more and more users are heading straight to their phones when they
want to buy something, access quick information, or learn more about products
and services. It's happening on busy streets, in malls, at work, and on
couches. Put simply: if you have a website, you've got mobile users.
But do you test your mobile website experience? Unfortunately, many companies
make one of the following mistakes:
Even Chaos Generating Netflix Goes Down Once in a While
Where were you on February 3, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. PST? Snowed in? Desperately
trying to refresh Netflix? If so, you weren't alone. It turns out even best
and biggest companies experience failure from time to time. Despite the
success of their Chaos Monkey approach to operations, the Internet streaming
media provider experienced an outage for a little over an hour. Responses
from users ranged from outrage to well, hysteria. You can read more about the
media frenzy and see how the masses took to twitter to discuss here.
All was ... (more)
Performance Testing for Wearables, Smartwatches, and Fitness Trackers
Last year, I made my first wearable purchase on a whim - a Vivofit wristband
tracker. I had heard mixed reviews about a lot of wearables. A former
roommate's rant about his always-broken wearable was permanently etched in my
mind. Would my case be different? Well, as it turned out, I liked the Vivofit
but just couldn't get it to sync with my iPhone properly, so I had to return
It makes you think - is the wearables market ready for prime time? This
week's post is about the trials and tribulations of companie... (more)
Life's Certainties: Death, Taxes and Performance Testing
This year I filed my taxes using a popular online web tax service and started
to wonder how many other people were using the same services to do their
taxes. There had to be millions. I looked it up - and according to the IRS
over 80% of the 150 million tax returns that will be filed this year are
expected to come in electronically. About a third of them - or 45 to 50
million - are self-prepared, online submissions from people like me.
It is hard to comprehend just how quickly the companies who provide these
services (Turbo... (more)
Don’t Freak Out! Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP
If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that it's extremely difficult
to accurately reproduce a production environment for QA purposes. That's why
there is such a natural pull in the direction of Testing in Production (TiP),
in which testing is done within the live environment where real users are
actively engaged in the product.
There are many benefits to using the production system as a means to conduct
QA, but it can be stressful for an organization that isn't well-versed in the
practice. Oftentimes, the risks of Ti... (more)