I was a huge fan of crowd-sourced testing.
I joined a smaller crowdsource testing company as a tester 9 years ago. I fell in love with the idea to have projects tested by a crowd with different backgrounds, experiences, and skills.
I immediately saw the advantages of crowd-sourced testing for companies:
- valuable feedback to the development about the product within one or two days
- a great diversity of devices and software versions
- reveal bandwidth issues based on location and real network providers
- localization testing by native speakers
- low testing costs
and I saw the advantages of crowd-source testing for testers:
- individual growth in different domains
- learn about new testing tools
- learn by example: reading others’ bug report is a great inspiration