A couple of years ago I started the Software Testing Club. It is a lovely community at the moment. It has truly blossomed into something special and unique. A real community of practice for software testers, me thinks.
The dilemma I faced after a couple years of running it and 3,500 members later was – what next?
It was taking up a fair chunk of my personal time.
I didn’t want to go down the advertising route.
I didn’t want it to turn into yet another online community and have to struggle with spam, yuck, yuck.
I didn’t want to continue it at a cost to me and a benefit everyone apart from myself.
So I changed plans
Though truthfully, I didn’t really have a plan to start with 🙂
One thing I did was to stop letting just anyone in. Now members have to pay OR show a true interest in Flash Mob Testing.
The second thing I did was put some focus onto Flash Mob Testing – which is our version of crowd sourced web testing. Currently we have tried the concept out on a few clients. Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to get a website or web app tested. We know it’s the part of the development process that always gets neglected.
This is how it works:
- Someone has built a website which (oops) they haven’t had tested
- The client fills in a form that answers a few questions about the testing needed
- We quote
- Client says, ooh, yes, yes, yes that sounds fab. Lets do it.
- Local clients are invoiced. Anyone else pays in advance. We don’t mind offering a money back guarantee.
- We organise a mob of testers. This is usually at least 5 testers, though depends on the situation and it is possible to hire just 1 or 2 software testers.
- Testers raise bugs
- Client gets list of bugs.
- Client gets ease of mind.
- Client is surprised at the amount and variety of bugs raised.
- Testing ends. We can be hired again at short notice 🙂
- As the service develops we would like to work out a way to offer a subscription for those that need regular testing done.
- At the moment it is all a managed service and are quoting on each project individually. Once we have a few more projects under our belt we will probably publish a ‘guide price’.
Could you do with some testing? Email – rosie[at]schux.com
There are third and fourth things developing too, though am not ready to talk about any of it (mostly because we are pondering them for the time being).