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TF Building Your Mobile App Quality Strategy NEW
Jason Arbon,
Tue, 09/29/2015 - 8:30am

Let’s build a mobile app quality and testing strategy together. Whether you have a web, hybrid, or native app, building a quality and testing strategy means first understanding your customers and your competitors, and then testing your app under real-world conditions. Most importantly, it means having the data and tools to make quick, agile decisions on feature implementations and bug fixes. Jason Arbon guides you through the latest techniques, data, and tools to ensure you have an awesome mobile app quality and testing strategy. Leave this interactive session with a strategy for your very own app—or one you pretend to own. The information Jason shares is based on's thousands of mobile app test cycles on hundreds of top mobile apps, data analytics on millions of apps, hundreds of millions of app store reviews, development of mobile apps, and consultations with top app development teams.

Note: Bringing a laptop or tablet to this tutorial is preferred but is not required.


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Concurrent Sessions

T4 How to Design a Custom Mobile App Test Strategy
Parimala Hariprasad, Amadeus Software Labs
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 9:45am

Each day thousands of mobile apps are built, and many are released with poor quality. Pressure mounts exponentially on organizations to test mobile apps with shorter time-to-market cycles. Mobile app testing becomes overwhelming due to multiple platforms, varying OS versions, numerous device manufacturers, wide range of screen resolutions, and more. Parimala Hariprasad presents an approach to designing test strategies for mobile apps. She addresses such questions as: What devices should we test? How do we select them? Can we use simulators/emulators? How do we handle fragmentation challenges? Which platforms are good enough? Parimala shares her experiences and highlights how analytics and user reviews can facilitate the creation of an effective test strategy that evolves over time and balances tradeoffs between cost, quality, and time-to-market in the constantly changing mobile market. Key takeaways include learning about fragmentation, the shotgun approach, mobile personas, and use of analytics to fine-tune the test strategy.

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T10 Deliver High-Quality Mobile Apps with Continuous Testing
Tom Chavez, SOASTA
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:15am

With hundreds of mobiles, tablets, and wearables running different versions of iOS and Android, automated continuous testing is the only sane way to address mobile testing. Tom Chavez presents a review of automated testing tools for mobile apps, including tools that require writing tests in a programming language  and tools that record mobile app actions for replay requiring no programming at all. To complement and complete your device test pool, Tom discusses when to use your own devices versus a remote device pool—even thousands of miles away from your development team. Learn how mobile app developers and test teams have made the transition from manual testing to automation. Leave convinced and ready with the resources and steps to integrate continuous automated testing into your mobile development process. Don’t let a fatal bug sneak into your apps, annoying users or, even worse, causing them to move on to your competitor.M

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T16 How Walt Disney Tests Mobile Applications
Les Honniball, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 1:30pm

When developing and testing a mobile app, do you wonder how well it will perform under heavy WiFi load conditions? What happens if the WiFi signal drops? Will the app switch cleanly between WiFi and cellular with no data loss? Les Honniball explains that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology provides the applications and infrastructure that guests use to plan, book, explore, and enjoy their stay at Disney parks and resorts. Join Les for insights into how they designed tests, both manual and automated, to meet the unique set of challenges that comes with millions of pageviews per day. He explains their successful test strategies, analytics, user experience design, and lessons learned while testing Disney’s mobile app. Hear how Les and his team overcame the challenges of using mobile device emulators vs. the actual mobile device. Learn how Les and his team performed in-the-Park testing and how valuable those testing results were vs. testing in the office or lab.

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T22 Wow Your Mobile Users: Functional and Performance Testing Best Practices
Ron Anderson, Visionary Integration Professionals
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:00pm

Mobile users, driven by their actions as consumers, have high expectations. They also expect to be able to use their own mobile devices for work. All this change brings uncertainty. Nearly half of enterprises have concerns with IT’s ability to keep up with the rapid pace of mobile. Success depends on your enterprise’s ability to fully embrace and leverage these changes for optimal user experiences, making functional and performance testing critical to your strategy. Ron Anderson shares practical guidance on how to create testing processes that keep the user top of mind, fueled by best practices within an enterprise mobile environment. He presents several use cases to serve as the backdrop, giving you practical insight into the methods presented. Leave with significantly increased clarity on how to understand and address user expectations, plan for functional testing mapped to user characteristics, and develop strategies to ensure responsiveness.

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