Over the past two weeks we looked at two current trends in the world of software, Industry 4.0 and testing the Internet of Things. On a societal level, these are two major developments that will change our daily lives as well as the workplace in the coming years. Continue reading
Crowdtesting (crowdsourced testing) has its roots in the Open Source movement, Mozilla being the most famous organization building on crowdsourced testing and development. As organizations started to explore the potential of vast online communities contributing to various projects it was a logical step for the IT industry to also begin to draw on this new form of human resource pool. In the last decade crowdtesting also became part of the set of tools that companies use to develop commercial software, as it offers previously unattainable scalability and brings the unpredictability of a real environment into the QA process.
Ultraportable, high-capacity data storage and available in various colors – Thinking about USB flash drives? Me, too. But around 15 years ago this was an accurate description of a Floppy disk. They were the means of data transfer back when the Internet couldn’t be accessed without the peculiar modem dialup tone (if you had internet access at all).
According to Gartner, more than 2.4 billion tablets and mobile phones were shipped by the end of 2014. The Apple App store and Google Play store each offer more than one million apps for users to download to their devices. So what keeps users from sticking to a specific app rather than switching to the next one? The basic functionality of an application needs to run flawlessly and solve the consumers’ need in an intuitive fashion.
People become part of our crowdtesting communitie for different reasons, depending on their interests and possible rewards. In order to both create the best possible circumstances for high-quality results and to foster tester activity, we asked our community what motivates them to contribute to crowdtesting. The following is a summary of the results.
It’s time for another story from one of our testers. Meet vema, who was awarded Bird of the Month last July in the category Best Bug Finder. She is German and talks about her background and motivation as a tester. Enjoy!
Egal, ob es sich „nur“ um Rechtschreibfehler handelt oder die Webseite crasht, sobald eine bestimmte Funktion ausgeführt wird – für mich absolute No-Gos und im Privaten nicht selten das K.-o.-Kriterium für Webseiten, Apps und jedwede andere Art von Software.
This week, Capgemini, HP and Sogeti released the sixth version of their annual World Quality Report. Key findings include increasing significance of QA and Testing along with bigger testing budgets. For the first time, crowdtesting plays a significant role among more than 1500 senior IT executives that participated in the study.
It’s time for another story from one of our testers. Meet Snowflake81, one of our female testers from Germany who has been among the Top 100 in terms of Experience Points for a long time. This is her story.
In Deutschland sind tausende von Menschen als Crowd Worker registriert. Sie übersetzen, generieren Ideen oder testen Software. In den letzten Jahren haben sich zahlreiche Varianten von Crowdsourcing, darunter auch das Crowdtesting von Apps und Webseiten, in Deutschland etabliert. Der Leitfaden Crowdsourcing des BITKOM gibt Unternehmensvertretern einen ersten Eindruck in die zahlreichen Möglichkeiten, die sich durch die Verfügbarkeit der Masse ergeben.
Nowadays, we are constantly connected to the internet. Most of us could’t work without it and thanks to smartphones and tablets, we are “always on”, available for our friends, families and even colleagues at all times. It’s hard to imagine things were a little different not so long ago.