usability

Articles

Person using a mobile app on their phone, photo by Erik Lucatero Evolve Your Mobile Usability Testing Methods

Today’s mobile behaviors and expectations have radically changed, a result of the continuous evolution of mobile technology and the myriad new ways users can now interact with mobile. Because of this advancement in technology and user behavior, testing organizations must also advance their mobile testing solutions to ensure they continue to deliver the most intuitive, up-to-date experience possible.

James Hoshor
Puzzle pieces being put together to spell "Usability" Testing to the Usability Standards Our Customers Expect

Allowing minor defects to be included in releases impacts our customers’ perspective on software professionalism. We’ll never catch every weird, obscure bug, but there are some design elements where they tend to lurk. By focusing our testing efforts on these areas—or at least not neglecting them—we can catch more issues before our customers do.

Nels Hoenig
Keyboard buttons depicting accessibility concerns Accessibility Testing 101: Getting Started and Catching Up

As with any other quality attribute, it is ideal for accessibility to be incorporated in the early stages of design and engineering. But organizations that didn’t initially take accessibility into account can still address it now—it’s better late than never. Here are the main attributes you should consider from the design, development, and testing angles, whether you're building accessibility in from the beginning or adding it now.

Rajini Padmanaban
User analytics Focus Your Testing by Understanding How Customers Use Your Product

If you're uncertain about where to focus your testing or what kind of testing you should be doing, look at what your users are telling you. Understanding the analytics of how your customers use your application can help you improve your test efforts. This article explores instances of how this data can inform user interface automation, compatibility testing, and web services tests.

John Ruberto

Better Software Magazine Articles

Automation’s Role in the Fall of Software Testing

Has the rise in test automation resulted in product releases of lesser quality? Besides adopting more comprehensive automated scripting, there are process and organizational dynamics to consider.

John Tyson
Incorporating User Experience into Early Agile Cycles

Chris Nodder explores the emerging need to focus on a software app's user experience. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to perform some basic user experience analysis as long as it is done early and tested throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Chris Nodder
Usability Testing with "CAN I USE THIS?"

David introduces a unique approach for application usability testing. Each letter of the memorable "CAN I USE THIS?" will assist with test idea generation.

David Greenlees
No One Left Behind: Make Time for Accessibility Testing

Ten percent of the world's population lives with some sort of disability. So, is your software product optimized accessible to these people? Rajini Padmanaban takes a look at the different types of disabilities out there and the ways to ensure your product works well with as many of these needs as possible.

Rajini Padmanaban

Interviews

Marjana Shammi discusses user experience mapping Testing Based on Actual User Experiences: An Interview with Marjana Shammi
Video

In this interview, Marjana Shammi, the test lead at IceMobile, digs into a tester’s experience with user experience mapping. She explains the basics of experience mapping and tells how testers create great test ideas from that data.

Jennifer Bonine
Parimala Hariprasad discusses Test Strategies for Mobile Apps STAREAST 2015 Interview with Parimala Hariprasad on Designing a Robust Test Strategy for Mobile Apps
Video

In this interview, Parimala Hariprasad discusses her presentations that cover user experience testing, how to create a test strategy for today's mobile apps, and how analytics and user reviews can facilitate the creation of a good test strategy that evolves over time. 

Jennifer Bonine
Mike Benkovich discusses building Windows apps Building Universal Apps for the Windows Platform: An Interview with Mike Benkovich
Podcast

In this interview, Mike Benkovich, the founder of Imagine Technologies, digs into his upcoming tutorial at the Mobile Dev + Test Conference, Building Universal Apps for the Windows Platform. He covers the advantages of the Windows platform, as well as the process of making an app universal.

Josiah Renaudin
David Meyer discusses wearable technology Wearables and Contactless Technology: An Interview with David Meyer

In this interview, David Meyer, who manages mobile banking product development at FIS, talks about his upcoming Mobile Dev + Test presentation. He discusses his relationship and experience with wearables and details the many facets of contactless payment applications. 

Josiah Renaudin

Conference Presentations

Mobile Dev Test Vulnerabilities and Bugs in Mobile Apps with Quick Tours
Slideshow

As mobile devices, tools, operating systems, and web technologies rapidly evolve, testers in this changing domain must quickly adapt their thinking. Testers often struggle to find critical vulnerabilities and bugs in mobile applications due to lack of guidance, experience, and the right...

Raj Subramanian
Collocated West Logo Use Business Analysts for User Interface Design
Slideshow

Have you experienced difficulties eliciting “what would you like the system to do” from customers and SMEs? Have you then delivered the system only to find that the users don’t like it, even though it meets their stated requirements exactly? Cathy Sargent shares a technique for using...

Cathy Sargent
Usability Testing Goes Mobile
Slideshow

The introduction of mobile devices and applications presents new challenges to traditional usability testing practices. Identifying the differences between usability testing techniques for traditional desktop applications and mobile applications is critical to ensuring their acceptance and...

Susan Brockley, ExxonMobil
Plotting a Better Beer with Geolocation: An Untappd Case Study
Slideshow

Geolocation enhances the experience of many services and provides users with customized results based on their current location. Many people don’t realize what an important role geolocation can play in locating their favorite beer—and Untappd, a mobile application around beer discovery...

Greg Avola, Untappd

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