Editorial No.25

Dear readers,

Crowd testing is not a completely new service. The new thing about it is that nowadays companies pay for it!

Some companies used beta testers and did not and do not pay them. The problem for companies using beta testers was and is that you do not always get the feedback you need. The solution was very clear – people with skills who want to earn some money in their spare time can ofer their testing capabilities and get paid if they fnd bugs. You, the company, can choose what kind of tester you want for your application.

There are good and bad experiences and there are constraints. There are solutions and ways to get the best out of it. Please read the articles and listen to what the authors have to say. You will fnd some good stories there. Last but not least, thanks to all the authors, supporters, and colleagues who have worked hard to issue this magazine.

On the basis of crowd testing we decided to develop the frst Software Testing World Cup. The idea is that professionals from each continent will enter a contest. The best from each continent will come to the fnal round at the Agile Testing Days. Each winning team is formed of a maximum of four testers who will get their trips paid to the conference and also the cost of the hotel. The winner, plus those fnishing second and third, will get some monetary prizes. The sponsors will sometimes give some prizes to all the participants or only to the fnalists (e.g. vouchers, licenses, etc.). If you and your team want to be part of this worldwide challenge, don’t miss the registration period.

The Agile Testing Days will take place in Potsdam on November 10–13, 2014. Don’t miss it. We have a great speaker line up!

Last but not least, thanks to all the authors, supporters, and colleagues who have worked hard to issue this magazine. Enjoy reading!

Enjoy reading!

Yours,

José Díaz

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