In the dynamic software testing landscape, crowdtesting has become an essential practice, harnessing the collective power of skilled individuals around the world. Among the ranks of these testers are Olaitan Majekodunmi, Kevin Jubin, and Devillers Poaty-Meaty, each of them bringing their unique expertise to Testeum’s testing community. In this article, they give their personal testimony about their experience in crowdtesting. We’ll delve deeper into their motivations, their evolution, and the deep connection they make between their daily work and this dynamic testing ecosystem.
Kevin and Devillers have been testing apps via Testeum for years now, and Olaitan for a few months.
The three of them perform some software testing in their jobs (from time to time for Kevin, and as a specialty for Devillers and Olaitan).
What were your initial motivations for getting into crowdtesting?
KJ: Being able to test apps and get paid for it is really great, so I was immediately interested.
DPM: I was motivated by the desire to contribute to the improvement of software products by reporting issues and providing constructive feedback. I especially wanted to gain experience by testing various types of applications.
OM : I started crowdtesting because I wanted to find a technology specialty that I would like participating in.
What are your motivations now?
KJ: Being recognized as a good tester. It was even validating to see myself at the top of the leaderboard on the website (even though I’m not anymore because of a big test where several of my bugs were invalidated, grr).
OM: When I discovered website testing, I found out that it’s a niche that I really understood perfectly and I didn’t struggle to understand it. I enrolled in numerous courses related to it and applied for jobs. Technology is the future, so I need to make sure I participate in it. The money from crowdtesting also encourages me.
DPM: I am now motivated by the desire to ensure software quality and contribute to end user satisfaction.
What link do you make between your job and crowdtesting?
OM: Through crowdtesting, I am able to develop new skills, such as improving my ability to understand and communicate with others. I am also able to expand my understanding of website testing by learning about the many types of website testing.
DPM: Crowdtesting allows me to acquire new skills and improve my expertise in the field of testing. I have gained experience in various technology domains by working on a variety of projects. Crowdtesting trains me to detect bugs, evaluate the user interface, understand client requirements, and ultimately develop strong communication and adaptability skills.
KJ: I work in HRIS (Human Resources Information Systems) and we have tests to do very often. It allowed me to develop good reflexes on Testeum.
Do you have a funny bug anecdote that made you laugh?
DPM: I have quite a few. One of the bug anecdotes that made me laugh the most was a bug with a numerical field. It was impossible to input numbers using the numerical keyboard, but I managed to bypass it by activating the voice keyboard. When dictating the numbers, the field didn’t show an error even though it should have. It was funny to see the developers dictating numbers to reproduce the bug.
Who would you advise to get started with crowdtesting?
OM: I would recommend this to those who are aware of changes and willing to learn new things because no one has all the answers. Additionally, I’ll suggest it to those who are good communicators.
DPM: I would recommend crowdtesting to anyone starting out in testing, looking to gain experience, and who enjoys a challenge. I would also recommend it to people with experience in testing who have been on the same project for a long time.
KJ: I think that as long as a person is conscientious, it doesn’t matter if they’re in the field of IT or an experienced tester; they can get into crowdtesting. One of the important aspects is user experience, and ultimately we are all users.
In the field of participatory testing, Olaitan, Kevin and Devillers exemplify the spirit of innovation and collaboration. Their experiences transcend simple testing; they represent a commitment to advancing software quality, enriching user experiences, and continually upgrading their skills. To those embarking on this journey, take their advice, because in this global network of testers there is a place for anyone who is passionate about shaping the future of technology.
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