Crowdsourced testing is an innovative way to reap the benefits of crowdsourcing and cloud platforms. It enlists the services of a community of testers, who collaborate online to test an application in addition to already existing testing processes of an organization. Crowdsourced testing involves leveraging on benefits of having a heterogeneous mix of people using diverse testing environments, which results in low cost, efficient and fast testing process.
Automation, on the other hand, achieves precision and speed that is difficult to match. Furthermore, integration with a CI/CD is easy with automation. However, automation, although efficient, does not have the creativity and vision of humans.
Human supervision and intervention cannot be completely excluded from the testing process. And there may be scenarios where in-house resources are scarce and organizations look for suitable alternatives like Crowdsourcing as it is easier to adapt to modified test cases.
In our previous article we talked about how crowdsourcing is different from manual testing approach . We will now examine how Crowdsourced testing is different from the automation testing approach
Crowdsourced TestingAutomation TestingScalability HighHigh Re-run Cost HighLow Device Coverage HighHigh Localization testing HighLow Varied End user testing HighLow Quality of Testing Medium High Execution Speed MediumFast Cost of Testing LowHigh Test Case Content Very detailedTo the point Adaptability to change in test cases HighLess Support for Exploratory Testing YesNo Need for proficiency in programming NoYes Confidentiality issues YesNone Fraud Tracking Thorough auditsNot required
Both types of testing, ie Automation and Crowdsourced, have their own range of benefits at the same time they pose certain challenges as well.
Initial cost of setting up an automated process for testing acts as a deterrent to many cost conscious organizations. However, it does prove beneficial in the long term, especially with CI/CD. It is important to identify and choose the right automation tool for long-term benefits.
Crowdsourced testing is a powerful approach which harnesses the power of crowd talent and wisdom. It offers different values compared to manual and automation testing. It scales as compared to manual testing and is more flexible than automation testing. However, it comes with some challenges and for a better understanding of how Webomates handles them, read “ Overcoming the challenges of crowdsourced testing ” on our website.
The ideal approach for any kind of in-depth testing is to strike a balance between various approaches and create a comprehensive testing ecosystem. By combining manual, automation and crowdsourced testing, organizations can achieve higher quality, faster overall execution time and the highest quality of defects can be detected.
Webomates offers a regression testing service that uses crowdsource , manual , automation and artificial intelligence testing together to guarantee all test cases (even modified ones) are executed in 24 hours with exploratory testing, generating a list of prioritized defects for software teams to review and fix .
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