Elevating the way you test software.
What is networked testing?
Today’s engineering and product teams are under pressure to deliver great software faster than ever before. That means testing needs to scale in a way that ensures a high level of quality without slowing down release velocity. To solve this challenge, we developed a new approach — networked testing.
Networked testing is built from three core components: People, Methodologies, and Systems.
A team of professionals drives the best testing results. Testlio’s freelance testers and quality engineers are smart, experienced, and highly vetted — only 3% of applicants are accepted into client work. We pledge to compensate freelancers well and treat them with dignity. We also provide strategic guidance and day-to-day management through our seasoned Services team, organized into Practices and augmented via Centers of Excellence.
Distributed teams maximize coverage and can be optimized for surges in demand, labor shortages, and other capacity considerations. Networked testing relies upon remote personnel exactly where you need them: at stores, in stadiums, in locations around the world. These tailored, distributed teams are available on-demand to help with launches, major releases, significant events, and more—while key Services leaders are aligned with your primary team’s time zone.
Product understanding drives efficiency. Networked testing uses a high percentage of consistent Network resources from run to run, while also sometimes rotating in new testers for fresh insights. Quality engineers continuously manage and tweak automated tests while named, expert Services resources drive testing strategy, run management, insights, and more.
Managing and optimizing capacity is a core challenge of traditional testing methods. Networked testing uses on-demand automation and elastic testing teams to flex in appropriate testing resources. When you need them, testers leap into action quickly, swarm testing requirements, and then intentionally go dormant. As a result, capacity is available when you need it, yet you never pay for idle personnel.
Today’s engineering and product teams need to meet an increasingly high bar for quality and speed. Automated testing ensures immediate testing initiation and high consistency. Manual testing offers flexibility, coverage, and actionable insights. Testlio’s fused testing methodology combines the insights of expert manual testers with the consistency of automated testing, enabling the power of a hybrid shift left and shift right approach.
Testing delivers more efficient and effective results when people collaborate in short windows. Collective testing reimagines how to organize test teams. Your employees, Testlio Services personnel, and Testlio Network freelancers work together in different combinations, in short time windows, to ensure exceptional quality.
Built for networked testing, the Testlio Platform supports numerous bi-directional integrations. APIs include support for test automation, CI/CD pipeline, issue tracking, and other tools. Builds can be delivered, runs can be initiated, and results can be tracked across key systems.
Networked testing requires robust testing and resource management. The Testlio Platform delivers the industry’s broadest and most flexible testing software. Using over 1,200 real devices, the freelance Testlio Network can test on nearly any piece of hardware in any location. Additionally, automated tests can leverage Testlio’s integration to the AWS Device Farm to access and test on racked devices.
Testing needs to be traceable, accessible, and informative. Your team can see everything happening and access comprehensive reporting in the Testlio Platform. iOS and Android app instrumentation SDKs automatically record and report nuanced test data. Additional capture techniques can grab screens, recordings, and human perspectives, adding to actionability.
Why networked testing?
Testing no longer needs to be a bottleneck in the software delivery process. When it is time to test, networked testing enables you to burst into action, release at speed, and keep up with the pace of innovation.
End users are less forgiving than ever when it comes to the quality of their app experiences. Networked testing brings together the brightest minds and validated methodologies to ensure the best customer experiences.
Staffing for varying release patterns, localization, and device coverage often leads to capacity overspending or limited availability. Networked testing offers managed services and on-demand testing when and where you need it.
The networked testing model significantly outperforms alternative testing approaches in terms of cost. Measured in quality (issues per hour), speed (turnaround time), and coverage (devices and languages), networked testing drives at exceptional economics.
Networked testing’s modern approach combines distributed resources, integrated software, and intelligent methodologies. You can ship with confidence, knowing your testing team is available when needed to ensure you deliver excellence.
How is networked testing different?
Networked testing can be compared to crowdsourced testing, in-house testing, and outsourced testing. Below are a few key concepts to consider when exploring your software testing options.
Networked testing vs. crowdsourced testing
Participants in networked testing are vetted, validated, and rated. Only 3% of applicants to the Testlio Network are accepted to client projects. And all freelance testers receive a 0-100 rating, along with multiple sub-ratings based on critical performance criteria.
Networked testing uses a high percentage of consistent testers run-to-run—while also rotating new testers for fresh insights and perspectives.
Crowdsourced testing often pays freelancers by the bug, leading to shallow coverage. Networked testing generally pays by the hour, equipping freelancers to do the hardest, most thoughtful, deepest quality work.
Networked testing vs. in-house testing
On-demand testing teams optimize coverage and burst for surges in demand. They are available when you need them, and aren’t sitting idle when you don’t.
With networked testing, run windows can be narrow. Work often occurs overnight or on weekends. Results are fast and tuned to Agile processes.
Networked testing leverages a broad, integrated, and flexible software testing platform to manage build intakes, tests, plans, runs, issues, teams, reports, and more.
Networked testing vs. outsourced testing
Unlike other forms of testing, networked testing is highly transparent and holistically traceable. It offers visibility into all moving pieces at play.
Networked testing blends into DevOps processes. Both manual and automated testing can be networked into code as it is checked in.
Networked testers can be deployed to a specific release cycle, often in key locations and languages, in minutes or during off-hours depending on your needs.