Mobile Labs recently weighed in on an article in the May 2017 Issue of the SD Times about continuous testing in an agile, DevOps world. In response, our team put together 5 tips to help enterprise mobility teams build a continuous delivery strategy to help them respond to demand.
We think you'll agree that enterprise mobility teams face many challenges due to the fast-paced, agile world where they operate. Thanks to digital transformation and consumer demand, there is mounting pressure to develop apps that are better, faster and more innovative than ever before. The waterfall model simply can't compete anymore.
Naturally with increased development comes the heightened demand for more testing to push out apps that are high-performing and that fulfill the expectations of savvy consumers. In today’s mobile world, consumers are now conditioned to expect user experiences that quite simply work with no issues right out of the box.
In this high-stakes environment, how can mobility teams stay competitive and respond to this demand? With so many factors in play, what happens to testing and how does it affect overall DevOps?
We recently had the chance to consider these pressing issues in a piece by the SD Times in its May Issue entitled, “Continuous testing in a fast-paced agile and DevOps world.”
At Mobile Labs, we believe that mobile teams can thrive in an agile, DevOps world by building a mobile continuous delivery strategy. A continuous delivery strategy will enable cross-functional teams to rise to the demands of increased agile software development without negatively affecting regression testing and new releases. With continuous delivery, developers, testers and QA work together to quickly build, test and fix any bugs that may pop up during testing while remaining agile and on schedule.
Here are our Top 5 Tips for Building a Continuous Delivery Pipeline:
#1: Use Real Devices
For enterprise mobility teams to truly thrive in an agile development environment, developers should debug on real devices. By relying on emulators, it is hard for both developers and testers to really know how their code will behave in the real world. By working with real devices, enterprise mobility teams can work in the actual environment, on the actual devices that will be in the hands of end-users, eliminating many hiccups and headaches in the debugging process. By working in the actual environment, debugging is faster and more efficient.
#2: Set up a Device Cloud
With so many new devices on the market, it is important for testing teams to be able to access the same devices for consistency. By having all devices connected in a device cloud in the same network, whether on-premises or in a hosted configuration, teams are not restricted by geographical barriers. With a device cloud, the devices are not only secure and easy to manage but mobility teams are able to test and debug on actual production systems.
#3: Construct a Continuous Build and Test Process
With continuous delivery, it is important to make sure each step of the delivery process is put together in a system that can be automated. Each step should have defined parameters for pass and fail. If a step fails, stop the build process. If the step passes, move on to the next phase. Build up the steps until you have each step covered in the entire process.
#4: Build a Comprehensive Suite of Automated Tests
With a continuous delivery strategy, enterprise mobility teams can benefit from automating the application testing using frameworks like Jenkins or Docker in conjunction with tools like Mobile Labs Trust. Automating tests allows the tests to be shared by QA and development. Automated tests do not deviate from their steps, making it ideal for your strategy. Testing as part of continuous delivery allows for an immediate status of quality as soon as a new build is delivered.
#5: Create an Efficient Feedback Loop
One of the most important results of a continuous delivery strategy is the feedback loop. With continuous delivery, all activities are intertwined and dependent on each other. Therefore, if an error occurs or an issue is discovered during testing, the feedback loop quickly transmits information to the team so that identifying the bug is easy and so that debugging can happen quickly and efficiently.
By crafting a robust continuous delivery strategy, enterprise mobility teams can efficiently rise to the demands of more development and increased testing without losing momentum.
Still curious about the benefits of testing on real devices? Download our whitepaper on the benefits of a mobile device cloud to learn more about its role as the core of the enterprise mobile app infrastructure for testing real devices.