1. Rainforest Tester Spotlight: Saurav

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    Kristen Hohenstein, October 19 in crowdsourced testing

    Our network of 60,000 crowdsourced QA testers are a critical part of the Rainforest platform, providing the human perspective that allows Rainforest customers to have confidence that their code is bug-free and user-ready. Today we're getting to know Saurav, who has been testing with Rainforest for nearly 3 years.

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  2. Whether your team has a dedicated QA manager in-house or takes an “all-hands-on-deck” approach, chances are your testing process has some cross-functional and collaborative moments. We’re rolling out a few new features this month to help Rainforest users collaborate better and get more out of their test writing experience.

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  3. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, is a powerful, under-appreciated platform that allows you to allocate work to humans programmatically and at scale. Businesses get access to a vast, scaleable workforce, and workers can select from a variety of tasks whenever they want to work. MTurk can get work done very quickly, with tasks performed in parallel by a multitude of workers. Part of its power lies in the fact that, while it’s programmable, tasks are written in plain English, meaning almost anyone can use it.

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  4. Many teams are now “shifting left,” and starting their QA process earlier in the development cycle. But in most cases shift left testing is confined to unit testing alone. While unit testing is a core component of a continuous testing strategy, teams that want to optimize for speed and quality should shift functional testing left as well.

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  5. Last summer Rainforest was a 50-person company coming off the heels of raising Series A funding, and the team was overwhelmed. There was too much to do and too few people. As operations manager, I saw an opportunity to build an internship program that centered around creating a holistic learning experience for every participant, while providing much-needed help to our teams.

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  6. We've spent the last 6 months working on our biggest platform redesign that will make Rainforest more intuitive and powerful to use, and we can’t wait to share it with you. All the things you love about Rainforest are still there, in a much cleaner and easier to use interface.

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  7. As the digital world becomes more and more mobile, managing quality assurance for mobile applications continues to be a challenge for development teams. According to the World Quality Report for 2017-2018, 52% of teams surveyed struggle to find the time to sufficiently test their mobile applications -- up from 36% just 2 years ago. What’s more, nearly half (46%) of respondents say that they don’t have the right tools for mobile application testing.

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  8. Using version control for development teams is a well-established best practice. However, most QA teams aren’t using version control, even though they can benefit from it just as much as dev teams. Implementing version control for QA tests is one of the key tenets of the Continuous Testing Manifesto because it helps teams keep their QA process organized and efficient.

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  9. Do your QA goals include automating as much as possible, as soon as possible? Does that goal seem like it’s always just beyond reach? If so, you’re not alone. According to the World Quality Report for 2016-2017, 41% of agile teams still struggle to apply automation at the levels that they would like to.

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  10. Rainforest Tester Spotlight: Ilaria

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    Kristen Hohenstein, September 19 in crowdsourced testing

    Our network of 60,000 crowdsourced QA testers are a critical part of the Rainforest platform, providing the human perspective that allows Rainforest customers to have confidence that their code is bug-free and user-ready. Today we're getting to know Ilaria, a Rainforest Tester based in Sardinia.

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