Category: Product news

New Add-On For Jira: Tester Performance Evaluation

Tester Performance Evaluation Add-on

The team at Crowdsourced Testing is very proud to announce the release of the Tester Performance Evaluation, a new Add-on for Jira. The idea for this add-on stems from a conversation I had with a partner who manages a very large team of testers. He said: “How do you evaluate the performance of individuals in a software testing team?” And, like a lot of QA Managers, I cringed. There is no easy answer to this question. Testers are unique, well-rounded creatures. Therefore, it’s difficult to pinpoint what makes a good tester. Curiosity, technical know-how, writing skills, and communication skills, these are just some of the many skills that a tester needs. The testing teams I’ve seen were made up of very different individuals with very compatible skills. Not one of them is the same. To my knowledge, there has never been an attempt to measure testers’ performance via some type of metric or software. So, we took a stab at it. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start. If you try it, I would appreciate your feedback in our forum. Like our bug tracker Damn Bugs, we will listen to and prioritize user feedback for future releases. Let me tell you […]

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Bug Reports: The Key Element Of Your Software Testing Process

“The success of a crowd testing company hinges on its ability to develop a user-friendly platform, but most importantly, on its ability to deliver quality bug reports to its clients.” This is what Simon Papineau, CEO of Crowdsourced Testing, realized two years ago when he founded the company. Bug reports are at the heart of the software testing process. Their main goal is to describe an issue in detail and in a way that it cannot be misunderstood. They ensure that no one can deny the importance of fixing the issue. Consequently, if bug reports are badly written, confusing, or incomplete, it does not serve this purpose. The best way to ensure the quality of a bug report is to focus on the pillar of the software testing process: testers. What do you expect from your testers? How would like them to report bugs? What should be included in a bug report to streamline the resolution process? Once you’ve answered those questions, you are ready to provide your testers with the relevant tools to perform testing properly. At Crowdsourced Testing, we have been thinking extensively about a way to improve our tester’s bug reports. We recently launched Damn Bugs, an […]

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Announcing Damn Bugs: Lean Testing’s Free Bug Tracker

Damn Bugs bug tracker

UPDATE 04/23/2015: Damn Bugs has now joined our Test Case Management system, Overlook, to become Lean Testing! We are very excited that the great success of our free bug tracker, Damn Bugs, has allowed us to keep working on making it better and better! ————————————————————- We’re very excited to announce that Damn Bugs, our very own bug tracker, is now available for free for any company that wishes to use it for its internal testing process. We know that there are lots of bug trackers already on the market. We used MantisBT for a long time, and many of our clients use Jira. Both are great tools. However, over the last year as we focused on building the world’s best-crowdsourced testing platform, we also developed a great free bug tracker that we wanted to share with our fellow developers. Damn Bugs is just a free bug tracker. It doesn’t do project management and it doesn’t help you manage your project files. It’s just a system that helps you manage and follow-up on bug reports from your testing team. If you’re already familiar with Damn Bugs, then you’ll notice that the interface is still very clean without too many features. We only […]

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Interview with Dragu Costica – Software Tester at Crowdsourced Testing

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dragu Costica, an active member of the Crowdsourced Testing Community. Dragu’s profile is rather atypical. Unlike the vast majority of you, Dragu does not have a degree in computer science or a certification in software testing. If you ask him how he became a software tester, he won’t tell you that it was his dream since he was a child, because things occurred differently. Instead, he will tell you that he “started off on simply receiving a beta invitation” and that he was “younger and just hyped to be trying a game before it was released”. He had never tested before, but he quickly realized that he actually loved identifying a lot of “glitches and missing effects”. The opportunity came up and he seized it. And today, Dragu is one of our top 50 QA testers worldwide, and we are very happy that he is a part of our community. He kindly accepted to answer our questions, and I thought I should share this fascinating interview with you to learn a bit more about one of your fellow testers.  1. What makes you a software tester? DC: This may sound OCD-ish, but in […]

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