Author Archive | Ryan Arsenault

Software Testing Industry Salaries Stagnant in nexo QA Survey

indexIn a recent software testing salary survey sampling one country’s workforce, one could say that testing was a thankless job last year — nearly half of the survey’s respondents — 47% — saw no salary bump going into 2015. A sliver even saw a small cut in pay.

This is one notable finding from the recent ‘Survey on Salaries of Software Testing Professionals 2015,’ promoted by nexo QA, SoftQANetwork and uTest, and conducted by nexo QA, the organizer of the expo:QA testing conference in Madrid.

While the survey is heavy on data from Spain, other countries were sampled including Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and the USA, despite there not being enough data for a comprehensive report.

In any event, the slice of salary data from 185 testing professionals in Spain tells a nice story on how one country pays its testers. Some other notable findings from the report:

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uTest Announces Special One-Week Discount to expo:QA

uTesters may already know that they can get an exclusive 15% discount to the expo:QA testing conference, but for one week only, bannerwe’ve secured a discount increasing the deal for our community to 25% off for the conference!

The 2015 edition of the conference will be held June 8-11, 2015, in Madrid, Spain. expo:QA has successfully consolidated itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in southern Europe dedicated to this field.

Please email testers@utest.com before May 21 for this exclusive 25% discount code (available to uTesters only for one-time use) to use at registration checkout. Before requesting, please note the following conditions:

  • The discount applies only for conference two-day tickets and tutorials tickets
  • Registration AND payment must be received at the time of registration in order to be eligible for discount
  • Any registration without payment will be cancelled automatically. We recommend to pay by CC to avoid cancellation, due to delays in Bank Transfer.

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Win an Apple Watch in uTest’s May Contest

Apple is never the first to market, but that doesn’t mean its products are flops. Quite the contrary to be exact – the electronics 140909142343-apple-watch-620xagiant ends up becoming disruptors in everything they’ve sent to market, from the iPod to the iPhone and iPad.

The Apple Watch is poised to do the same for wearables as the iPhone did for phones, and we’ll be giving one of these prized watches away to one lucky uTester this month!

In our May uTest contest, we challenge uTesters to describe in a short paragraph how the Apple Watch will (or will not) change software testing as we know it today.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of May 11

Another utestLogoGooglePlus250x250week by, and another week full of exciting and diverse paid testing projects at uTest — which range from fitness app testing to testing a grocery scanner.

For the week of May 11, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

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Meet the uTesters: David Shakhunov

103950 Gold-rated uTester David Shakhunov hails from Sacramento, Calif., in the United States. Many of you may know David as he is currently serving as a uTest Forums moderator.  David also works for his state as an Electrical Engineer, while uTesting on the side.

In addition to David’s interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: Android or iOS?

David: I like to use iOS because I’ve always used iPhone, MacBook, iPad and other Apple products. Apple puts out a “finished” product, unlike others, and has great customer service.

uTest: What drew you into testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

David: One of my friends that I play soccer with works in QA. He kept talking about testing, and that I should explore it and give it a try. He sent me bunch of YouTube videos on testing and introduced me to uTest. I decided to give it a try. What’s kept me at it? When I do testing, I feel that I am resting, and not working at all. In addition, I have pride in what I do, and that kept me going.

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Meet the uTesters: Milos Dedijer

uTester Milos Dedijer hails from Belgrade, Serbia, and is a Gold-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. Milos is a very active membe90312r of the  community as he has previously served as a uTest Forums Moderator. Additionally, he was selected as one of our 2014 uTesters of the Year. Outside of uTest, Milos is also an SQE Engineer in his day job. (He also has a very dry sense of humor we enjoy in the community). 

In addition to Milos’ interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: Android or iOS?

Milos: Android, without a doubt. I’ve been using it for years now, and it suits my needs and doesn’t cripple my ability to use the device as a power user. If I buy a device, it seems obvious to me that I should be able to access and even change everything on it. Whenever I spend $800 on a new iPhone, I feel as if I bought a beautiful house and the salesman thanked me, swallowed the only key, smiled politely and told me that the house has a lovely garden in case I wanted a place to stay.

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Top uTest University and Blog Content: 1/3 of the Way Into 2015

Yes, you’ve read that right. We’re 1/3 of the way into the year, and we’ve survived Snowmageddon 2015 at uTest, amongst other things, to get us to utestLogoGooglePlus250x250this point.

But while we were all bunkered down under snow in what seemed to be a cruel nightmare, the uTest crew was busy at work curating and authoring some impactful blog posts and courses on subjects as diverse as ‘Making like a Tester’ in your first days on the job, to tips on writing a quality bug report.

Here’s some of our favorite — and top-performing — content from uTest University and the uTest Blog to date from 2015 that is (cue shameless plug here), always free to our testing community:

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Meet the uTesters: Pramod Lumb

uTester Pramod Lumb hails from India, and is a Silver-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. He is also a frequent contributor to uTest Univeuseravatarrsity courses, and has a vast 16-year history in the IT industry, including over a decade as a software tester. Pramod is PMP- and ISTQB-certified.

In addition to Pramod’s interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: What drew you into software testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

Pramod: I was actually thrown into software testing more than 15 years ago when I was still an infant in my career. My reporting manager did not consider me worthy of being a part of the development team, and relegated me to the task of testing (in those days, testers were considered to be second-class citizens of the IT industry). Once I was into it, there was no looking back. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my testing career since then.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of April 27

The Apple Watch has recently landed in the hands of thousands of users around the globe (including many of our own uTesters!). Because of this, it’s no surprise thatuTestLogoBlack the hot wearable is one of the most sought-after devices by our global customer base for testing coverage on their apps.

For the week of April 27, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals (including the Apple Watch!).

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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Testing to Break: Tesla Model X Testing Autopilot

2014-tesla-model-x-3-429-photo-441419-s-originalThe 2014 SyScan conference already ushered in a new era of testing by offering a $10,000 bounty for any tester who was able to remotely access a Tesla Model S’ automobile operating system.

This latest Tesla testing escapade makes that one seem like child’s play.

According to Gas2, as the Tesla Model X nears its debut, a “spy video shows a test driver purposely trying to crash a Model X test mule, no doubt putting the next-gen Autopilot system through its paces.”

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Software Testing Industry to be Valued at $71 Billion by 2018

Mobile-AppsApple is releasing its polarizing-yet-hotly-anticipated Apple Watch this week amongst much fanfare, and just capped off a couple of quarters with its most successful iPhone sales ever. The just-released Galaxy S6 was labeled the best Android phone of all time, and will likely sell like hotcakes, along with its S6 Edge counterpart.

On the apps side, where these devices truly shine, you’ve got Snapchat valued at $15 billion. And this is a business model that has only started to generate any revenue.

Is it any wonder, then, that by 2018, the global software testing industry will be valued at nearly $71 billion?

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uTesters: Be Our Facebook Cover Photo

IMG_5071 You don’t have to be uTesting from a mountain or even from a hammock outdoors (although that sounds quite relaxing right now…). We want to see you as you uTest in your natural habitat…wherever that is…as part of our new weekly contest through the end of May!

By posting your best photo(s) to our Facebook page, the uTest Community Management team will select one favorite entry that will become the uTest Facebook’s cover photo for the week!

Not only will your testing scene be in all it’s glory in front of our nearly 36,000 testers that have ‘liked’ our page, you’ll also receive a uTest swag pack full of uTest gear including t-shirts, pens, and other goodies we can’t yet reveal.

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