Using Game Titles to Estimate Testing Scope

At Atomic, we have multiple projects happening at once, with team sizes ranging from a solo maker to teams of six and up. The teams are also working on different technologies (web, mobile, IOT devices) with different project risks—it might be a quick and dirty MVP, an app for a high-profile event used by tens of thousands, or a complete rewrite of a legacy system.

When projects differ so much in size and scope, how can I estimate the way I help out with my testing expertise and experience? I sat down with one of the managing partners at Atomic to analyze past projects. Our goal was to detect any patterns and figure out how we could use the data to help teams estimate how much time to schedule for me.
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‘Alarming’ Problems You Should be Preventing in Your App

I have an alarm clock app that I’ve been running on my iPad2 for a couple of years now. Apart from groaning when it goes off in the morning, I’ve been happy with it. It always goes off, no crashes, and it has carried on working through several iOS upgrades.

Well, I thought it was a great little app until last week. Read more on ‘Alarming’ Problems You Should be Preventing in Your App…

The Day the F Went Missing

I check Atomic Spin every day (and I hope you do, as well). One reason is because there is always interesting content, and I can learn about some new area that I knew nothing about. Another reason is that it can help me to get to know my colleagues better. And a final reason is that I’m a tester, so I want to check that the content is correct.

A few weeks ago, I was reading the latest post and noticed that the “f” was missing from the word “find.” I thought it was just a typo, made a note so I could correct it, and carried on reading. A bit farther on in the post, I noticed “ilter” instead of “filter,” then “irst” instead of “first.” It seemed that whenever a word started with an “f,” the “f” was being lost.

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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.
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