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November 30, 2016
Testing in Production: From Punchline to Process

Thanks to the DevOps revolution of the last few years and continuous delivery practices, testing in production may not be as reckless as it sounds. If you’ve got high levels of test coverage, a strong ethos of developer testing and code quality, good monitoring tools, and automated deployment scripts, testing in production has one big advantage: if you discover a bug in production, you know it’s the real deal, not an environment issue.

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November 29, 2016
test IO Welcomes Four New Team Members

The year may be coming to a close, but that does not mean things are slowing down at test IO. The test IO team has recently added four new employees and continued its expansion into the US. Get to know the newest additions!

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November 7, 2016
New Feature Released: Bug Reports Revamped

Reviewing bugs might not be the most pleasant experience but is crucial to guaranteeing that your platform is ready for production. We at test IO do our best to make sure this process is as stress-free and easy as possible for you. With this in mind, we recently redesigned our bug reports, providing you with a more focused and flexible layout.

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September 22, 2016
Intern Insights: Zaneta Szczypior, Marketing Intern

Six weeks at a company is not a long time, but being an intern at test IO is definitely an opportunity to discover your strengths (and weaknesses), all the while getting immersed in the awesome startup culture.

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September 20, 2016
Engaging the Crowd: Anjo Gaul on Managing Testers

Having studied at Games Academy in Berlin and previously worked as a Community Representative for EA Games, Anjo Gaul has joined the test IO Team to manage our global testing community. He’s focused on providing new growth and educational opportunities for testers, as well as fostering interaction among them.

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September 15, 2016
Crowdtesting from the Ground Up

Born and raised in Berlin, Alex began his work with test IO three years ago as a member of our crowdtesting community. His passion for game testing and technology eventually led to a degree in business analytics. Having started here as a tester and worked with dozens of customers as a member of the customer success team, Alex knows crowdtesting from the ground up. He sat down with me to share his insights as a former (and sometimes current) tester and on how test IO guarantees our customers’ success with crowdsourced testing.

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September 14, 2016
Crowdsourcing vs. Outsourcing: A Testing Smackdown

When I first started working for test IO, I spent most of my time simply trying to explain what crowdsourced testing is. I was immediately met with remarks like, “Oh, so you’re like tech support in India or China!” I struggled to explain that there is indeed a difference between crowdsourced testing and outsourced testing.

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September 9, 2016
Crowdsource QA Testing: Insight as a Service?

As the new CEO of test IO, I spend a lot of time thinking about testers, so I might as well think out loud. A tester’s point of view on crowdtesting depends a lot on what you mean by “crowdtesting.” Speaking broadly of functional testing, there are two types of crowdtests: one where testers follow a script and are paid for completing the script and checking off whether it worked; and another where they’re given a charter and set of things to test, but not told precisely how to test them. At test IO, we call the first type of testing “test cases” and the second type “exploratory tests.” (We’re being sloppy here with the second definition, but I’ll cover that in a later post).

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September 8, 2016
Bugs People Find, Part 3: Testing Facebook Login

Welcome to part 3 of our occasional series on weird software bugs that people find even when automated tests don’t.

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September 7, 2016
How Crowdtesting Works: Testing for Anti-patterns

I wrote an article for CMSWire with the self-consciously clickbaity concept that crowdtesting is like sex, for product quality. Rather than summarizing the sex analogy here on our blog, I’ll let you read it in its original glory. To atone for the clickbaity-ness of that article, let me summarize it in engineer-friendly terms here. Software […]

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