Last year we had a stab at Flash Mob Testing – which was bringing the crowd of the Software Testing Club to test some websites for money.
Whilst the experiments we did went well, I wasn’t comfortable with the ‘offering’. It all felt too complex.
The term Flash Mob Testing implied that there had to be a ‘mob’ when in fact quite often people just need a single tester to help out. Some people also commented on how using ‘Flash’ in the name made them think it was something to do with Flash software.
The focus has to be on making testing easy. So we’ve simplified things into two offerings.
- Remote Testing – a simple per hour fee for testing software that can be tested remotely
- Consultants Database – only a couple of us there at the moment, but the idea is that we can develop a directory of Freelance/Consultant Testers where companies can get in touch directly. We are saying that we will be ‘socially and professionally’ approving people. It’s all about quality for us at the end of the day. The process of socially approving people is not a clearly defined activity, but in a nutshell you will need to give us the confidence that you are pretty darn good at what you do. (We won’t be doing keyword scanning through your CV!)
We’ve called the service ‘The Crowd‘. It has a super hero theme developing because we are here to save the day…!
There should be some projects coming up soonish. Stay tuned.