How the right type of QA testing delivers on your need for speed

If you want to compete and claim your share of this multi-billion dollar industry, you need to release a solid and secure mobile app without bottlenecking deployment. 

But how? 

The software development cycle is now measured in a matter of days –– not months. This trend is reflected in the mobile world, where releases are created and distributed faster than they’ve ever been. 

Testlio QA Insights Infographic with Data on Apple and Google Play App Store Update Frequency
So how do we embed the QA process in agile without incurring exponential costs?

Enter burstable testing 

Manual testing has historically suffered from inefficiencies and poor quality results. The traditional crowdsourced testing approach, for example, often falls short by incentivizing testers with bug bounties. This leads to a high volume of low quality bugs and more time for your dev team to sift through bugs to determine which issues need fixes. Relying solely on in-house testers also comes with challenges. In-house teams can’t easily scale with surges in testing demand. Or, they may sit idle when things slow down. Networked testing addresses a need for agility, scale, and efficiencies without compromising on coverage or accuracy.

The burstable testing approach sees tests defined in small chunks, which are then distributed to the assembled team members. This allows teams to fully complete a full cycle of tests in a comparatively short amount of time. For mobile app developers, it also allows a full suite of tests to be run on a variety of devices, allowing the identification of environment-specific problems. 

Those are the fundamentals, although there are other points worth mentioning: to ensure the expected standard of availability, testers should be well-compensated for their time and expertise. There’s a reason for that: burstable testing emphasizes the importance of having a deep understanding of the application in question, bolstered by knowledge-sharing and collaboration. For that to work effectively, you need to attract the best and most experienced testers AND ensure long-term retention of testing talent. 

The need for speed

For developers working to tight, iterative release cycles, the burstable approach offers several key advantages. 

The first is that of scale. As mentioned previously, this testing strategy emphasizes the importance of larger testing teams (often between ten and fifty people) and smaller individual tests. This allows more ground to be covered in a fraction of the usual time. 

That flexibility also helps considering the variable cadence with software releases. Some may be created and released in a matter of days, while others require greater effort and time. Traditional human-driven QA models could see in-house testers waiting without work at some times, and placed under extreme stress in others, as they’re forced to perform huge amounts of work in a crushingly short amount of time. 

Time, they say, is money, and the informality of burstable testing means you can deploy your testing resources as required, working to the cadence of your own release cycles. 

Advantages outweigh initial hurdles

Burstable testing isn’t without its own hurdles. To use it effectively, test plans might need to be refactored into more atomic elements, meaning smaller and isolated. For example, having multiple test accounts that can be distributed across multiple testers instead of one test account for all the testing. It also requires the acquisition of a large, on-call team. Identifying and recruiting that workforce, and vetting it to ensure they possess the core competencies to perform the job effectively. There’s also the challenge of coordinating dozens of testers in multiple time zones. 

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