4 Ways Crowdtesting Can Make Your Project More Agile

The digital world is constantly evolving. The next big thing is always around the corner, and businesses must be quick to adapt if they don’t want to drown in the undercurrent of the next wave of innovation. Success and survival are intimately tied with an organization’s ability to be Agile.

And so it was that in 2001, a ragtag team of developers signed the Agile Manifesto:

“Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
Working software over comprehensive documentation.
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
Responding to change over following a plan.”

Among the signatories were representatives of SCRUM, Extreme Programming, DSDM and other methodologies we’ve come to know and love as part of the Agile family.

Software development is an iterative process, one that involves a continuous loop of build, test, and release. But while it can be fun to rip a development task off your backlog, code it, and unit test it before the end of your two weeks sprint, Agile’s quick pace makes it tempting to skimp on things that traditionally take more time: regression tests, security checks, and obtaining valuable real-world data from actual users across a variety of platforms.

Agile isn’t just about development speed, building quality into your code with each iteration ala Continuous Integration (CI) is just as important. Here are 5 ways crowdtesting can expand your test capabilities allowing you to make your project more agile.  

1. User Testing

The benefits of user testing are not to be understated. While automated testing can be great in keeping up with your typical two week sprint, there’s nothing like getting your app or product into the hands of real users and validating your idea in the field. The overhead associated with user testing usually relegates it to the final stages of testing before a major release. Crowdtesting lets you test usability, functionality, and compatibility on representative user panels across a wide variety of devices and operating systems across the globe. Tests can be performed in parallel, with real-time analytics greatly reducing the time it takes to perform user testing.

2. Regression Tests

A big part of CI is regression testing, the art of running test scenarios (functional tests, unit tests, integration tests, etc.) after a software change to ensure it still works. The idea is to ensure your new changes haven’t caused your program to break, slow-down, or generate new bugs. During a sprint, it’s tempting to just run a unit test on the new feature you just added, and hope your previously tested features still work as intended. Regression testing is about being more thorough, by retesting the whole application. Add dedicated on-demand test teams to the mix, with readily available managers, and you can now run multiple test cases in parallel potentially condensing weeks of manual regression testing into a couple of hours.

3. User Experience Studies

When you pursue an aggressive iterative development process, it can be difficult gaining the holistic UX perspective you need to ensure the experience your app provides will connect with your target market. Downloads, conversions, retention rates, and positive reviews all hinge on a solid UI/UX. The faster you can get feedback and ratings on your UX from real-world users, the faster you’ll be able to improve your app. Typically, narrated user journeys, personas, online surveys, and interviews are used to gather feedback from a representative user panel that matches your target demographic. At Passbrains, we have a global team of UX researchers that can handle the heavy lifting of running UX studies and a global pool of users that we can aggregate into a userpanel representative of your app or product’s target market.

4. Crowdtesting’s Secret Power: Dedicated Test Teams

The biggest roadblock to implementing robust QA tests during a tight sprint is often the testers themselves. Internal test pools tend to be smaller, are only available in the 8 hour window of a traditional hire, are confined to the constraints of working in the same timezone, and subject to tester fatigue. Imagine having dedicated test teams in multiple time zones across the globe, providing on-demand testing that can be scaled to your needs. With continuous crowdtesting, on-demand test teams can expand your QA team’s capabilities while saving you time and money.

Looking to expand your test capabilities on your next sprint? Start crowdtesting today!

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