Crowd-sourced software testing is the practice of delegating software testing tasks to a community of testers through an online platform. Crowdsourced testing is carried out by a number of individual testers from different locations.
How it works?
Registered testers may use their own devices to test the software or they may access virtual machines supplied by the crowd-sourced testing platform. Testers provide feedback on the software, usually including a list of defects found while executing the tests and they get paid for the completed software testing tasks.
Crowd-sourced Testing Advantages:
(1). Software is tested in various real-world situations and on a variety of hardware and software combinations than those you have in-house.
(2). Larger test teams can be established quickly on a short notice and get results in as little as a few hours. This comes in particularly handy when trying to meet a deadline.
(3). Testers provide unbiased opinions and feedback as they work independently.
(4). Can access talented testers 24/7 in all time-zones. This is especially useful for localization testing.
(5). It is cheaper than traditional methods of testing (in-house testing and outsourced testing services). No investment is required for the test infrastructure setup and management. Testers are paid only for the valid bugs reported and/or testing tasks completed.
Crowd-sourced Testing Websites:
Following is the list of websites providing crowdsourced software testing services. These websites offer crowd-sourced functional testing, security testing, performance testing, usability testing etc. services.
Note: It is possible that we might have overlooked a few other crowd-sourced software testing websites while creating the above list.
Feel free to contact us to include your website in the list here.