3 Ways to Test for App Consistency

Over the Christmas holiday break, I had some spare time to try out a few new apps. Most of the apps I tried had a corresponding web portal to manage a user’s account and preferences. As a tester, I know that consistency is important. I like to pay attention to the consistency between an app and its web portal. What I noticed (and have read about other testers noticing the same thing) is that consistency between app and portal is not always great. And this was true with a couple of the apps I tried out.

Below are a few places where the apps I looked at struggled with consistency. By observing the problems, I’ll offer some tips on how to better test apps.
Read more on 3 Ways to Test for App Consistency…

A Tester’s Christmas Carol

I was recently interviewed by our marketing manager Lisa Tjapkes as part of her ongoing series of profiles on the people who work at Atomic. The interview itself was fun and made me think. Then after I’d had a little time to reflect on my answers, it made me think even more. In hindsight, I think there’s something to learn not just from the answers to her questions, but by the way I arrived at those responses—and it put me in mind of Scrooge and his ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
Read more on A Tester’s Christmas Carol…

Mind the Bus & Go on Red: Overcoming Biases and Assumptions

When I moved from the UK to the US, I had a number of things to get used to—strange accents, wrong spellings, incorrect pronunciations, lack of good bacon, the wrong sort of football…

One of the big things was driving on the wrong side of the road and getting into the car from the opposite side. I soon got used to it, but then came across all the traffic rules and laws that I didn’t know about. I’m used to roundabouts, not four-way stops—which, for a polite Brit, means I can get stuck there all day. Read more on Mind the Bus & Go on Red: Overcoming Biases and Assumptions…

Forget About the Orphans – Is it a Good Story?

My first job was with a company that made programs for typesetting books, so I was exposed to a whole new vocabulary and trade secrets: widows and orphans, kerning and leading, serif and san-serif, hanging punctuation, drop caps. Once I’d learnt the basic concepts and seen good and bad examples, it was difficult for me to read a book or a newspaper without first casting a critical eye over how it had been typeset.

This eye for detail came in useful when I became a tester. I was good at spotting typos, inconsistencies and ambiguities, ugly layouts, etc. The danger was that I could focus on these aspects and ignore other qualities that were more important to the user. Read more on Forget About the Orphans – Is it a Good Story?…

What Being Job Shadowed Taught Me about My Job

Atomic recently hosted a couple of students from the Kent County ISD doing a job shadow as part of the Groundhog Shadow Day. They spent an hour at a time with different people at Atomic, and I volunteered to be one of the people to be followed and questioned. It was a fun experience, made a nice change to the workday and was even productive as I was able to use them for some quick ad-hoc usability testing on one of the apps I was testing.

Read more on What Being Job Shadowed Taught Me about My Job…