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"If you fail to safe guard user data, there is a high chance that it can be stolen or manipulated"

Sachin Randive is a seasoned Test lead proffessional with 10 years of experience in the software testing industry. He has worked with various organisation and has worked on 140+ mobile app projects over his glorious career.

1. User based testing/UAT is gaining momentum at present. Do you think user-based testing is necessary or relying on experienced testers like you is the safest option?

 

– UAT has always been crucial and the most important activity in a testing lifecycle.  The most astounding benefit of UAT is that apart from measuring performance it can be also used to monitor the human interaction level or the engagement level of an app.  Talking about users, in a usual case, app will be used by many people ranging from technical experts to people who don’t have an idea about how an app works. UAT can be used as a validation tool to make sure that an app has met its requirement specification and can be easily used any kind of users

Answering the second part, yes! “Experience” helps a lot in UAT. To be precise, you need experienced testers to carry out user testing smoothly. So it’s a combined process where, user and the tester are equally important.

 

2.  Security threats are increasing day by day Unfortunately app development is not focusing that much on security. On other hand even OS’s is releasing security patches as a safety precaution. Do you think app development companies should give much more focus on a security?

 

Users are the king and it is important to ensure that their data is secure in your app database. If you fail to safe guard user’s precious data, there is a high chance that it can be stolen or manipulated, injected with virus or cloned to create a doppelganger of your app. ultimately you may end up wasting all your resources spent in development and end up ruining your business reputation. Thus app development companies should give more focus on security

3. Apps are now being deployed globally aiming at the market all over the world.
Owing to the same do you think crowd source testing should be put to practice more or will it gain momentum in future?

 

-True. We can also say that this is a current trend and future prospect of mobile app market deploying globally for world’s customers. Having already seen huge growth in the crowd sourcing sector, it’s clear that the future holds even bigger and better possibilities for crowd testers.

 

4. When it comes to mobile app compatibility, developers would like to get feedback from testers since testers are more used to various Oss. As a seasoned tester, what advice would you like to give them?

 

Ideal condition for healthy app development would be

Developers and testers working together, Seamless communication between testers and developers and testers included in the very first of the project itself

When it comes to developing the compatibility factor of a mobile app,

Developers should always rely on testers inputs without hesitation and developers should ask for their feedback as much as possible because

1. Testers spend more time testing entire product so they have an added advantage of knowing the product better
2. Testers deals the app from a customer perspective. So they are in better position in understanding the fitment of the product and the market

 

5. Since testers are used to various types of apps in a particular domain, do you think they can give proper advice to app developers regarding what will work and what wont? If so don’t you think testers also need to perform the competitive analysis?

 

-Yes, testers can give proper advice to developers regarding what will work and what wont. Talking about competitive analysis, there is no doubt that testers should perform the task of competitive analysis during their testing activities. Competitive analysis not only gives the amount of knowledge about the similar products in the market but also helps in identifying strengths & weakness of our product

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