Crowdsourced testing, also known as crowdtesting, is a relatively new approach in the world of quality assurance. Instead of depending on your own team to test your app or website, you depend on a temporary workforce of individual testers. This makes crowdsourced testing an effective and affordable option for developers, but it can be one-sided and lead to ambiguous results.
Crowdsourced testing can be a great option for some, but not all. Here, we discuss the pros and cons of crowdtesting to determine if this method is right for you.
- Affordable: By relying on a workforce of temporary testers, you are reducing labor costs. You can test without having to pay a permanent employee’s salary or benefits.
- Efficient: With a crowdsourced team, you won’t have to make your employees test your products and add to their already large workload. Additionally, crowdsourced teams can work in bursts to manage peak workloads.
- Fast execution: With such a large group of people at your disposal, you’ll be able to find bugs and other issues faster than you would have with just your employees.
- Diversity: Crowdsourced teams use people from all over the world. This can be especially beneficial for localization testing.
- Poor understanding of brand: A crowdsourced team’s diversity comes at a price. Since they don’t work inside your company, they will have a poor understanding of your brand and mission.
- Lack of professional knowledge: A smaller, more qualified team of testers will be more knowledgeable about how and where to find bugs than a crowdsourced team.
- Confidentiality: With a crowdsourced team, you don’t know exactly who you’re getting. That’s because everything is kept confidential.
- One-sided: Depending on your crowdsourced vendor, you may not be able to communicate directly to testers. This can lead to more one-sided conversations.
- Subpar bug-writing skills: Crowdsourced testers are not professional quality assurance engineers and are not well-trained in how to write up issues so that the devs can easily recreate, understand, and fix defects. This lack of professionalism can lead to frustration amongst the dev team.
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