5 ways distributed testing helps you ship updates faster

A distributed workforce is a modern one. It includes inhouse office workers, as well as remote employees, contractors, vendors, and agencies. In other words, it’s the total of the strategic and agile combination of resources that the organization needs. 

In this post, we explore five key ways that distributed testing speeds up product releases. 

1. Evening testing

With distributed testing, testers are often in multiple time zones. Of course, your team could be distributed across a single time zone, but for large organizations making strategic use of the global workforce, this is unlikely. 

2. Weekend testing

Time zones come into play on the weekend too. It is possible to get QA done over the weekend. If you work with employees and individual contractors, they might not be easily persuaded to test releases over the weekend. 

However, with advantageous time zones, it can still feel like your team is testing on the weekend, even if they’re not. Let’s say that your QA engineer, who lives in California, delivers the release to your testers, who live in Israel, on a Friday afternoon. The testers can test on Monday and Tuesday, and the QA engineer can get results back on Tuesday morning. He’s only waited for one workday, instead of two. 

3. Realistic localization testing

Localization testing often includes these key things:

  • User interface
  • Content
  • Application’s language support
  • Localized hardware compatibility
  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Typographical errors
  • Address formats and date formats
  • Hotkeys, text filters, and other technicalities

When you combine the depth and breadth of localization testing with several different markets (each with their own cultures and dialects), you’re left with a very complicated testing cycle. 

There are two dangers with having a testing team that exists in one location. First of all, there will be an issue of speed and capacity to handle the localization quality requirements. Secondly, you’re far less likely to have testers who are genuinely knowledgeable in every key culture or language all in a single office. They might be checking off the basics without knowing the nuances of spelling, appropriateness, and various other expectations. 

On the other hand, with a distributed testing team, you gain real localization from native speakers – and you also achieve this in less time because people can be testing simultaneously across various time zones. 

To learn how this works in practice, read how an eCommerce giant maintains a 4.9+ app store rating by conducting localization and payments testing throughout the world.

4. Unique skills and responsibilities

On the other hand, without distributed testing, your company has to choose between hiring all of the testers needed during releases and not making full use of them in between idle periods, or not recruiting enough testers and not living up to customers’ expectations for a quality experience. 

5. Different devices

With easy access to the devices that matter to the product, distributed testers can more quickly satisfy device coverage requirements for a release. When testing isn’t distributed, an engineering manager will need to procure device coverage for important releases, and the time it takes to do so will slow shipping speeds considerably.

In so many ways, distributed testing makes shipping quality updates to your users faster. 

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