Mobile testing shifts left – a trend to focus in 2018

Mobile testing shifts left – a trend to focus in 2018

The shift left and shift right in software engineering especially software testing has been prevalent for quite sometime now – with increasing intrinsic focus into the system internals and white box level operations emphasized in shift left and user and business centred thinking in the shift right approach.The mobile world though largely remains shift right in its quality approach with a heavy focus on end users and business scenarios. This domain also continues to receive a lot of focus on test techniques that are exploratory and crowd driven in nature.

A lot of manual testers showcase their end user focused thinking and strong black box QE prowess and continue to reign. While this has not changed much, the way mobile automation is being strategized is definitely changing. From a pure web based test automation approach, a lot is being looked at, at a micro-services/unit/API level. This is a change that is markedly visible in non-mobile applications already, but mobile is also moving to this trend in recent times. We have been seeing more client requirements calling for experience in frameworks such as XCTest, Espresso for iOS and Android mobile app testing, even if they had past investments in front end facing mobile automation using tools such as Appium.

As testers build on their automation skills this is a trend that cannot be ignored – in this next wave of automation, just a front end focus will not suffice – a true shift left in automation will encompass a lot of white box testing and the mobile world in its focus to shift left is already beginning to see this in large numbers – this will also enable developers take on a lot more mobile unit testing in true ownership of quality  – this will be a visible mobile testing trend in 2018.

 

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Established in 2003, with less than five testing experts, QA InfoTech has grown leaps and bounds with three QA Centers of Excellence globally; two of which are located in the hub of IT activity in India, Noida, and the other, our affiliate QA InfoTech Inc Michigan USA. In 2010 and 2011, QA InfoTech has been ranked in the top 100 places to work for in India.

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