Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crowdtesting


The latest buzz word in the Software Testing world is the ‘Crowdtesting’. The Crowd is an initiative by the software testing club. Here the people work as a group through online community forums. It is close interaction and better understanding of the software testing world that allow us to deliver testing related services with the help of community.

Crowdtesting depends on a crowd that is composed out of a large group of diverse people. This may be the most important part of crowd testing, to create crowd. A crowd should consist out of test experts, specialty testers, novice users and everybody else that want to test. A small group of 10 people with the same background gives crowdtesting no added value. But they should not only be of various test knowledge, but preferably also from different backgrounds and even different languages. The more different views there are on an application, the more different vies that can help get a better product

Reason for Crowdtesting
  • Reduce costs
  • Shorter time to market
  • Mutual concern in the crowd
  • More hands
  • Newly developed or updates of third party software
  • Testing and support for multiple platforms
  • Informal check of load and performance
  • Marketing of a new product
  • Find support for new product
  • Received feedback on usability

Applications
  • Lots of feedback
  • No sensitive data or functionality
  • Multi-platform software
  • Large end-to-end systems
  • Games
  • Beta software
  • Load & performance testing
  • Mobile software

Crowd testing will soon become synonyms with community testing. There will be tighter integration of “knowledgeable” users. Crowd testing integrated into overall testing strategy. Treat crowd testing as one of a basket of services used in combination with the optimal tool. Infrastructure and test type combinations as dictated by the overall test strategy. As organization and industry mature, crowd testing will gradually increases into the testing community.

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-Balaji Sriramamoorthy

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jack richard said...

Very well written , i especially liked "The Crowd is an initiative by the software testing club" section. it is necessary for app developers to deploy this thinking in order to achieve high focus and testing excellence. on the other hand not many companies depend solely on their resources to fully integrate the app building and maintaining i.e companies mostly opt for outsourced Quality Assurance services, here they particularly need to focus on the crowd which is testing their app. I think opting for a solid software testing community will be beneficial .i have come across Qualitrix(http://qualitrix.com/) and passbrains(https://www.passbrains.com/) which allows its users to select their crowd among the community of testers and tests the app in a real world environment.