When it comes to Beta Testing “One Size Fits All” is an ineffectual logic.
Just like a suit that needs to be tailored depending upon body, a beta strategy similarly needs to be custom made depending upon the product, company, customer etc.
To add on, there are no predefined structures and resources available either.
This blog is a step to step guide map to accomplish Beta Testing.
Step 1: Determining Plan Of Action
Step 2: Designing A Plan
Step 3: Rounding Up Testers
Step 4: Amass Distinct Evaluation
Step 5: Putting Your Evaluation To Application
=> DETERMINING PLAN OF ACTION
Deciding a strategy needs you to identify the product areas you are making strategy for.
Your strategy must be feasible to test in available time and have a symbolic effect on consumer experience.
It is important to connect with the stakeholders of the product and know their priorities regarding the assessment.
It is very important to follow a road map when you are deciding a strategy.
You can start off with hosting a strategy meet where you can talk to your stakeholders about their expectations and priorities in assessment.
This will help you to get an idea of their expectations and help you channelize your efforts in that direction.
Your data will lay in ruins if your testers divide their attention to different objectives.
Don’t hodge podge with the goal as most of the quality insight is possible only when the focus is balanced and guided.
The issues with the app will lay bare over the time.
=> DESIGNING A PLAN
One of the most prized possessions when it comes to Beta testing is your test plan.
It makes sure that you and your stakeholders align all your focus on your pre decided goals.
Make a checklist of all what you need to test your product, everything from software to hardware needs.
It is crucial to plan for unexpected situations.
From mailing delays to delays in work assigned to various departments a plan needs to be jotted down about what you’ll do in such scenarios.
This can help you reduce distraction mid test.
=> Rounding Up Testers
The first step of recruiting testers is to look for passionate aspirants who are willing to test and show genuine enthusiasm for helping you enhance your product by giving in quality feedback.
Steer clear of people who seem to be working for free product or incentive.
Recruit your testers from places where people who you want to entice and allure spend most of their time.
While recruiting testers it is crucial to keep in mind that your testing unit represents your target market.
So if your target market uses Android your testing unit should emulate the same.
=> AMASS DISTINCT EVALUATION
There are 2 important goals you should focus on collecting feedback of quality standards viz.
- Maintaining Participation
- Collecting Feedback
In order to maintain participation, it is crucial to keep everyone on the same page.
For that it is important to level set your expectations for what, when and how you need your feedback to be like.
How much ever irrelevant it may sound, it is very important to acknowledge the efforts of your testers.
It is also very important to keep workload of your testers in check.
Don’t pile your testers up with a heavy heap of workload.
Moving ahead with collecting feedbacks:
It is important to segregate submissions based on the audience.
For Ex. iOS tester feedback doesn’t work in place of Android tester feedback.
It helps to highlight patterns of specific groups.
Another tip is to use forms instead of emails as it becomes easier to funnel all your results in spreadsheets for further analysis.
Last but not the least it is about prioritizing submitted feedbacks.
Multiplying the priorities with its frequency, helps you decide high priority feedbacks and work on it.
=> PUTTING YOUR EVALUATION TO APPLICATION
Finally, after all this hard work it is time to put your results to use.
While showing your work, it is crucial for your stakeholders to know your priorities and explain to them how you reached your conclusions.
Rank your top issues in order of significance, and back up all your points with relative data.
You can improve your results by taking advantage of free resources and taking tips from experts.
Refining your process and developing your tools also help you improve your Beta testing results.
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