How to Systematically Conduct Crowdsourced Software Testing? Insights from an Action Research Project
Leicht, N.; Blohm, I. & Leimeister, J. M. (2016): How to Systematically Conduct Crowdsourced Software Testing? Insights from an Action Research Project. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Dublin, Ireland.
13 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2018
Date Written: December 11, 2016
Nowadays, traditional testing approaches become less feasible – both economically and practicably - for several reasons, such as an increasingly dynamic environment, shorter product lifecycles, cost pressure, as well as a fast growing and increasingly segmented hardware market. With the surge towards new modes of value creation, crowdsourced software testing (CST) seems to be a promising solution to effectively solve these problems and was already applied in various software testing contexts. However, literature so far mostly neglected the perspective of an organization intending to crowdsource tasks. In this study, we present an ongoing action research project with a consortium of six companies and present a preliminary model for crowdsourced software testing in organizations. The model unfolds necessary activities, process changes, and the accompanied roles for crowdsourced software testing to enable organizations to systematically conduct such initiatives and illustrates how test departments can use crowdsourcing as a new tool in their department.
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