What is crowdtesting? What are the benefits of crowdtesting? Is crowdtesting right for you? Find the answers to all these questions in our ultimate guide.
Crowdtesting is all about harnessing the power of a ‘crowd’ of testers to conduct a variety of testing methods. This can include functional testing, exploratory testing, regression testing, localization and test case execution.
Crowdtesting is not about replacing the entirety of your QA team or overhauling your entire strategy. It is about building on your existing QA process and scaling it with the help of a pool of testers spread across the globe.
By using the power of the crowd, QA teams can have access to thousands of professional testers without ever having to hire new team members. The fact that the crowd is a global powerhouse means that you can test your app in any country across the world, gaining valuable local insights and device coverage you just don’t get with an in-house team.
At Global App Testing, our crowd has 40,000+ testers in 105 countries with access to a huge range of OS/device combinations.
By partnering with a crowdtesting provider, you have access to on-demand, remote testing from a team of testers spread across the world.
This means that if you want to send off a test on Friday afternoon, and have the results ready for you on Monday morning - you can!
Crowdtesting provides QA teams with 24/7 testing support. Testers do not work to a typical 9-5 routine and operate in a variety of timezones. This means that there will always be testers on hand to ensure your product works as it should.
This will deliver the testing impact you need, and fast!
This will give you the ability to release faster, and more frequently.
Every company wants to have the potential to scale.
But as your product scales, along with your customer base, your QA needs to scale with it. A bug that impacts 10% of customers when you have a 100-strong user base is going to become a big problem when your number of users reaches the 100,000s.
Crowdtesting can actually act to help your company scale by building on your current QA capabilities and expanding your ability to test exponentially - all without having to hire a single extra person. This means that scaling doesn’t become focused around recruitment of new testers and automation engineers, and you can focus on getting fast results.
Partnering with a crowdtesting solution means you have access to a worldwide pool of testers at the touch of a button. This streamlines your QA process, integrating crowdtesting directly into your SDLC, so lack of testing capacity and resources never slows you down.
Lifting the pressure of finding available testers every time you finish or update code is going to open up your team’s capacity to work on bug fixes and strategy. And when your SDLC works like clockwork, it makes scaling a whole lot easier.
Let’s say you want to launch your app globally.
You’ve tested your app in the UK and it works perfectly. So it should work just as well in new, global markets, right?
Language and cultural nuances, local devices and network combinations mean that there are a whole host of problems you could encounter when launching your product worldwide.
That’s where crowdtesting comes in.
The crowd can be utilised to conduct localization testing in the countries of your choice, so you can rest assured that your app works as effectively as it does in the country in which it was created as it does in almost any market.
It’s all about achieving quality globally via the crowd.
Our testers love to test!
It’s a fantastic way to work remotely, have freedom in your working hours and increase financial security. Our testers are one big community that like to support each other.
Crowdtesting provides you with local context from professional testers across the globe who can spot bugs an in-house team might miss, especially if they are only based in the UK or US. This will undoubtedly improve product quality, as you are ensuring your app works as effectively worldwide as it does in the country it was created.
Crowdtesting also provides you with results at lightning speed. This means your team can work to fix bugs quickly, and have the time to run more tests. Product quality will improve when your SDLC is streamlined and QA isn’t considered a bottleneck. Faster feedback loops mean faster results and faster fixes.
And crowdtesting enables your testing capacity to scale. As your userbase grows and your product grows in popularity, your QA needs to scale with it. After all, a bug that affects 1% of users when you have 50 customers is very different from a bug that affects 1% of customers when you have 50,000. Crowdtesting provides you with the resources to test on a wider scale, without the associated cost.
Overall, speed, localization and ability to scale all lead to one thing: quality.