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Networked Testing

Elevating the way you test software.

What is networked testing?

A new approach to QA for speed, quality, coverage, value, and confidence.

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 a philosophy that combines flexible teams with innovative practices and reliable systems. It is a proven model, validated through millions of tests with some of the world’s most demanding engineering teams, leveraging the power of integrated human and software networks. The result is a strategic approach to delivering software with confidence.

Networked testing is built from three core components: People, Methodologies, and Systems.

People

Reliable test results require a consistent team of experienced professionals, with deep understanding of your product, when and where you need them, to tackle your most complex testing challenges.

Skilled

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

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.

Consistent

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.

Methodologies

Multiple processes and activities combine to unlock the power of the networked testing model. Three critical methodologies that Testlio invokes are burstable testing, fused testing, and collective testing.

Burstable

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.

Fused

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.

Collective

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.

Systems

Your testing tools and platforms must fit seamlessly into a modern DevOps architecture. Testing software must be aware of CI/CD pipelines, feature flags, OS updates, issue tracking, and more. Processes must consider the benefit of the “test early” shift left approach and the “explore the unknown” shift right possibilities. With networked testing, systems are streamlined and connected, providing visibility into processes and results.

Integrated

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.

Comprehensive

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.

Transparent

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?

Speed

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.

Quality

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.

Coverage

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.

Value

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.

Confidence

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.

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