How to Manage a Fleet of Mobile Devices during Testing?

How to Manage a Fleet of Mobile Devices during Testing?
June 03 06:57 2016 Print This Article

Every specialist of software testing company engaged in mobile application testing wants to work with a well-organized set of required devices. Unfortunately, not every firm can afford such a luxury.

Often only outsourcing software testing companies possess big parks of devices. They can also be used for automated testing and compatibility testing. If a manager is responsible for several dozens of mobile devices, he should follow several simple rules to make their lifespan longer.

What Principles Can Help to Manage a Large Park of Mobile Devices?

  • Every device should be labeled with a tag indicating its inventory number and firmware version.
  • A very important condition is not to allow employees to take devices out of the office unless it was previously discussed and agreed.
  • Whenever a tester takes or returns a device, a person in charge should record it in a log book available to all employees of a company or department.
  • The settings of all gadgets should remain unchanged during their usage periods. Once a testing activity is finished, a tester has to restore the initial settings.
  • A good practice is to perform testing with a phone or tablet that is not connected to PC. A device should be connected to computer only in case of installing a new build or uploading files.
  • Before returning a gadget back after testing, an employee must charge it, clean it with a wipe and put it in a bag together with its charger, USB cable, headphones and other accessories.

Serious approach to mobile equipment is an important attribute of a manager’s competence.

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