The Testing Title Fight: Crowdsourced vs. Traditional

The Testing Title Fight: Crowdsourced vs. Traditional

The first two films in the Rocky franchise see our hero, Rocky Balboa, go up twice against his then arch-nemesis, Apollo Creed. This rivalry is so intense that in the final bout of the second film, even though Apollo has well and truly won on points, he is bent on KO’ing Balboa (which eventually costs him the title).

In the third instalment, the Italian Stallion is this time up against a vicious up-and-comer in the boxing world (played by Mr. T). His trainer Mickey dies just after losing this bout, and all hope seems to have disappeared. That is, until his old enemy Apollo comes to his aid, offering his assistance to prepare for a rematch.

*cue epic montages that feature buckets of sweat and inspirational tunes*

Balboa ultimately wins the film’s pinnacle match, and all is well again in the universe. The message to take from this? When two champions join forces and work together, there’s nothing that cannot be achieved. The same can be said for crowdsourced and traditional testing, too, and I pity the fool who doesn’t take advantage of both methods.

Can crowdsourced testing replace traditional?

There are some cases where crowdsourced testing is able to replace traditional, and others that it cannot. What we recommend is combining both.

Crowdsourced testing is unlikely to completely replace traditional testing, but they most definitely complement each other. Best suited for web, mobile and cloud-based apps, crowdsourced testing includes support for Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and other operating systems. It covers iPhone, Android smartphone and tablets, so in short, whatever your platform or device, crowdsourced testing has it covered.

Crowdsourced testing is complementary to organisations quality assurance/testing teams, not a replacement. This is true because while you’re getting a much larger coverage using crowdtesting, your dedicated testing team is sure to have a much better understanding of the digital project. Our primary objective is to ensure our client’s crowdtesting dovetails with its in-house or out-sourced testing perfectly.

Some common drivers that organisations have for leveraging crowdsourced testing include:

  • A quest for productivity improvements – if you know what’s wrong you can fix it
  • Improved relationship with the customer/consumer through better digital experiences
  • Organisations want increased consumer and customer interaction through better performing mobile/web apps
  • Increased conversion rates with more effective digital channels, increasing market share overall. i.e. eCommerce platforms that work/provide customers with what they need
  • Accelerate time-to-market substantially
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Bala Kalimuthu, National Manager Digital Services

Bala Kalimuthu, product owner at crowdsprint, is highly passionate about applying the power and intelligence of crowdsourcing to digital products. He helped launch crowdsprint as a global crowdsourced testing platform, and is an Agile coach/mentor, with extensive experience in project, program and portfolio management, service delivery management, practice management and test management.