I’ve worked as a product manager on several different types of mobile apps: Android, HTML5, iOS, phone, tablet…but always B2B. Building a new mobile app is a great experience. During testing, changes can be made very quickly to overcome weaknesses of the app.
The most challenging part of building mobile apps is building to the devices. Devices have limitations. Not everyone buys a new, high-priced phone or tablet every two years. Therefore, both the test plan and the project plan for a mobile app are dramatically different from a browser-based version of the same workflow. Product managers need to know the different scenarios in which the user runs the app, and they need to convey that information to the team. Below are some good questions to ask the team:
1. What are some ways we are testing security?
2. How are we testing with different screen sizes?
3. How are we testing the install and uninstall events?
4. Which carriers are we testing with?
5. Are we testing with no storage space available on the device?
6. Are we testing with low battery?
7. Are we testing with “dirty” devices (OS not upgraded, apps not upgraded, generally neglected)?
8. Are we testing with low-priced devices?
9. Are we testing with incoming calls?
10. Are we testing with the devices in different positions, alternating between portrait and landscape?
11. Are we testing with screen covers?
12. Are we testing with different pixel densities?
13. Are we testing using public Wi-Fi, maybe at Starbucks?
14. Are we testing with different screen brightness settings?
15. Are we testing whether we can walk and use the app?
16. Are we testing whether we can use just a thumb to use the app?
17. Are we testing with headphones plugged in to the device?
18. Have we looked at https://appthwack.com for automated testing?
19. Have we looked at http://www.perfectomobile.com for automated testing?
20. Why will people not like using this app?
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