Rainforest QA’s latest offering – Exploratory Testing offers to cut down the cost of testing through its crowdtesting model.

Exploratory testing is done without scripts.

Instead of software development organizations hiring and maintaining testers, they can outsource the exploratory testing bit of development to Rainforest QA, who have hired hundreds of testers, who not only identify defects by performing exploratory testing, but also create test scripts to identify similar issues in the future.
Exploratory testing is essentially done without the use of scripts. Testers play around with the software or product to identify defects. This type of testing is far more valuable and effective than any other script based testing.

The testers that Rainforest QA has employed have gone through a formal vetting process, and are paid as freelancers. This crowdtesting model works cheaper compared to organizations hiring full time testers.

Poll Everywhere piloted this model of exploratory testing for their latest releases, and it has produced great results. The company has 17 developers and 1 testers on its rolls, and they were keen on having the core team work on developing enhancements and new features, rather than testing. Through Exploratory testing, the company was able to increase its regression test coverage by 104% and identify 75 new defects through the crowdtesting platform.

Brian Goodman, product manager at Poll Everywhere said – “Rainforest Exploratory allows us to find bugs quickly, deploy faster and ship code with more confidence.”

“We use Exploratory to keep our development team focused on building new features, without sacrificing quality or test coverage.”

The concept of crowdtesting with Exploratory does the trick by engaging freelance testers at a fraction of the cost. Customers can start getting results within 48 hours, and this timing works great with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery methodologies.

Currently Rainforest QA is not hiring any testers. Reason for this is unknown!

The testers are vetted thoroughly in their area of expertise, and they explore the application in order to identify defects, and for the defects they identify, they write the tests for identifying similar defects in the future.

The delivery of Crowdtested Exploratory is three-fold. The results are thoroughly documented for exceptions (defects), exploratory tests are captured and recorded, and regression scripts are written for the defects identified.

“Continuous deployment puts immense pressure on development teams; the demand oftentimes means businesses are shipping software with bugs, which can adversely impact their brands, customer loyalty and revenue,” said Fred Stevens-Smith, CEO of Rainforest QA. “Teams just don’t have the time or resources to perform continuous testing on their own, let alone scan for ‘unknown unknowns’ by regularly performing exploratory testing. With our crowdsourcing approach, we help protect a company’s product experience with a trained tester army that pulls double-duty: providing teams with a fast, resource-efficient way to scour their application for undiscovered issues and ensure that those newly found issues are tracked going forward.”