A Trend towards Holistic Approach to Testing
Initially, software application testing was performed by the development team. However, as software quality began to decline, testing was considered a vital part of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) that led to its separation from development. For more than 3 decades now, software testing has existed as a vital and independent phase of the SDLC.
However, as consumers demand more user-friendly features, the focus of a software testing team has shifted away from the larger picture of quality. This is one of the main reasons why many businesses and IT firms are considering a holistic approach towards testing, which is Crowdsourced Testing.
Not many people are aware of this unique trend, but crowdsourcing software testing actually proves a great approach for some aspects of the testing lifecycle. In fact, IT professionals employing the crowd for processes like compatibility testing and beta testing allow applications to be presented to a wide variety of devices and network standards around the globe.
As a result, this unique approach gives developers a good idea of how their application will do in the hands of actual users or “in the wild”. Crowdsourced Testing also offers developers a number of other benefits. These include:
- Mechanisms to efficiently and effectively optimize and measure quality
- A cost-effective solution, as the developer only pays for the valid bugs reported, making it a far cheaper option than hiring specialists, designers, and engineers
- Time to test the software is comparatively lesser than other strategies, leading to better productivity and enhanced reporting.
- Testers using crowdsourcing as a form of testing can benefit from unbiased opinions about the internal concerns of the software and the company.
- There are a large number of testers available who can assess the software simultaneously. This reduces the overall time for testing the software, resulting in less time required for producing the final application and releasing it into the market.
While this form of software testing does offer a range of benefits, testers are well acquainted with the fact that for a complete testing process crowdsourcing alone cannot be enough. This is mainly because this form of testing proves incredibly useful in the final stages of software testing. And as we all know, testing is an ongoing process that cannot be broken down into steps. Therefore, IT professionals must look for different ways (along with crowdsourcing) to fix defects in the initial and mid phases.
Once done, bugs that have been present initially or for an extended period of time will be detected easily. This eliminates the risk of rewriting huge portions of vital code upon detection of bugs at the final stages of software application development. So, if you want to take your software development to the next level, perhaps it’s time you considered Crowdsourced Testing as well for a more holistic approach towards testing.