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Public Course: Testing Mobile Applications, in London, UK, May 10-11

Working with Electromind, I’m offering a 2 day public course on Testing Mobile Applications in London, UK, May 10-11, 2012.

Register here: Testing Mobile Apps Registration

Testing Mobile Applications Workshop Description

2 day tutorial by Jonathan Kohl.

Applications for smartphones and tablets are incredibly popular. Teams are facing pressure to deliver testing quickly and successfully on mobile devices. When faced with a mobile testing project, many testers find it tempting to apply the same methods and techniques used for desktop applications. Although some of these concepts transfer directly, testing mobile applications presents its own special challenges. If you follow the same practices and techniques as you have before, you will miss critical bugs. Learn how to effectively test mobile applications, and how to add more structure and organization to generate effective test ideas to exploit the capabilities and weaknesses of mobile devices. Hear first-hand experiences with testing mobile applications and discuss how to address various challenges.

Note: Participants must bring their own mobile device for course exercises. This is a hands-on course.

Public Workshop: Testing Mobile Applications, in Vancouver, May 25

As part of the Agile Vancouver Quality in Agile conference, I’m offering a 1 day public workshop on Testing Mobile Applications in Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 25, 2012.

I will also be speaking about testing and value during the conference on May 26.

Register here: Quality in Agile Conference Registration

Testing Mobile Applications Workshop Description

1 day tutorial by Jonathan Kohl.

Applications for smartphones and tablets are incredibly popular. Teams are facing pressure to deliver testing quickly and successfully on mobile devices. When faced with a mobile testing project, many testers find it tempting to apply the same methods and techniques used for desktop applications. Although some of these concepts transfer directly, testing mobile applications presents its own special challenges. If you follow the same practices and techniques as you have before, you will miss critical bugs. Learn how to effectively test mobile applications, and how to add more structure and organization to generate effective test ideas to exploit the capabilities and weaknesses of mobile devices. Hear first-hand experiences with testing mobile applications and discuss how to address various challenges.

Note: Participants must bring their own mobile device for course exercises. This is a hands-on course.

 

New Tutorial:Testing Mobile Applications

I’ve been working in various roles on mobile application products, and I’ve channeled that experience into a new tutorial that is available this year. I found that there was little guidance on how to test mobile applications, particularly for manual testing, or tool-supported testing. I decided to start sharing my own ideas publicly, and demand has grown.The course description is available here: Testing Mobile Applications Course.

If your team is transitioning to develop mobile applications, I can help. Email me for more details if you are interested.

Update: I am offering this course through SQE Training in North America, and SoftEd in Australia and New Zealand.

Test Mobile Apps with I SLICED UP FUN!

I unveiled a new testing mnemonic I use for testing mobile apps at Star West last week. I adapted it from James Bach’s SFDPOT, but with a special focus on some unique challenges mobile apps can provide. Several people who saw the talk asked me to publish it so they could use it with their teams, and here it is: Test Mobile Apps with I SLICED UP FUN!.

I’ve used this on mission critical medical apps all the way down to simple entertainment apps to help generate test ideas, and I hope you also find it useful.

Update, Sep. 29/2012:
This framework is elaborated on in more detail in my book: Tap Into Mobile Application Testing

Update, Dec. 10/2010: Mobile Dev Mag republished the piece this week: Testing Mobile Applications with “I SLICED UP FUN”. Check it and other articles out there.