We all today understand the difference between web and mobile application testing (including web apps on mobile devices) and acknowledge the need for specialization amongst mobile software testers. Within the space of mobile app testing as well, there is ample scope for specialization – be it based on quality attributes such as functionality, performance, security or specific domains such as learning, healthcare, banking etc. And there is no dearth for mobile app testers today in the market. However what makes one group of testers’, mobile app testing experts over another?
Is it purely based on skill set, knowledge of tools and frameworks, capability to take on mobile test automation, access to a large mobile test lab etc. While all these are important another very important aspect to get themselves to an efficient state of operations is the ability to re-use. There is so much scope for re-use in the mobile testing realm today whether it be at a strategy level, data level, test scenarios and cases level, that it is the readiness with which re-use is taken up that further qualifies a team’s smartness compared to a bunch of mobile app testers in the market. For example, we have lately been working with several clients in a similar domain (not mentioning the domain here for obvious confidentiality reasons).
We are very cognizant and sensitive to any knowledge sharing between the projects that may impact client sensitivity, but beyond that the ability to share knowledge to be effective in what we do – be it at test cases, data or strategy level and then customize the same to the needs of the specific client, clearly has enabled us bring in efficiencies in our scale of operations. Such practices have certainly enabled clients seeing us as mobile app testing experts. In large services organizations, there are typically SME teams including say mobile SME teams. While these are meant to be centers of excellence for a given area, sometimes they may fragmented in their operations that achieving efficient results may be at stake. Even in such cases when a focus is laid on knowledge sharing and re-use both internally and with what is happening in the industry, a true set of mobile application testing experts are created, benefiting not just the current organization but the industry at large.