Technology companies are leveraging innovative methods like crowdsourcing to overcome drawbacks of traditional software testing methods. Crowd-sourced testing is an emerging trend in software testing where the testing is carried out by a number of different testers from different places, instead of dedicated testers working from a common office. The software is put to test under diverse realistic platforms which makes it more reliable, cost-effective, fast and bug-free.
In addition, crowd-sourced testing allows for remote usability testing because specific target groups can be recruited through the crowd. As per ResearchandMarkets, the crowd-sourced testing market is projected to grow from USD 1,250 million in 2019 to USD 2,000 million by 2024, at a CAGR of ~ 10% during the forecast period.
Multitude of companies have started offering solutions based on this technique. For instance, Pay4Bugs, pays crowd-sourced testers based on number of bugs identified. Testers at Pay4Bugs find out the bugs in the software and report it immediately. Pay4Bugs get the testers from the crowd and get the product tested in a real environment. It also provides actionable bug reports to identify and fix the bugs before implementation of the product.
Looking at the potential of this techniques, some of the largest companies in the world including Facebook, Microsoft, Warner Bros. etc. are partnering with platforms like Global App Testing to reduce the time and effort spent on testing, gain access to global testers for real-world results and deliver much higher quality applications. The platform has over 20,000 professional QA testers, located in more than 84 countries.
Crowdsprint has a network of over 100,000 testers across the globe and around 1000 specialist testers. They also have a separate Test Manager and Delivery Manager who manages testing delivery at every step. These Test and Delivery Managers are involved in requirement scoping, creating test plan, managing test cycle, generation of different kind of reports and many other management activities. It uses over 50+ devices such as a laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphones to test the application on different devices with a different environment.
Though crowd-sourced testing offers significant advantages, we believe that this technique alone may not give the best feedback on applications. A diverse testing approach that pools both crowd-sourced testing and a dedicated testing team may be better suited for testing diverse applications under real-world conditions.
Credits : Akhil Handa