Author Archive | Ryan Arsenault

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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The Deep, Dark Fears of a Software Tester

Indiana Jones’ fear is snakes. For Superman, he is powerless in the face of Kryponite. For me, spiders are an unpleasant monstersincexperience. Our uTest community is a pretty cool, collected bunch, so it would be hard to imagine them being scared of anything.

But uTester Marek Langhans approached our community members with this exact question recently in our Forums, and surprisingly, there were a few things that surfaced keeping our testers up at night.

Outsourcing

As some organizations move their in-house testing teams to cheaper offshore services, job security for software testers is perennially a concern.  Said one uTester simply enough as to what they fear — ‘the time when my company goes for outsourced testing.’

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uTest and TechWell Announce Winner of STAREAST Trip

uTest and TechWell are happy to announce that one lucky uTester has been selected as the winner of an expenses-paid triplogoStarEast to STAREAST 2015 in Orlando, Florida!

As part of this recent uTest & TechWell contest, uTest community members filmed their most compelling 20-second videos on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015, the premier event for software testers and quality assurance professionals. Our community then took part in selecting their favorite submissions in a voting session that ended earlier this week.

Judges have poured over the most liked and voted videos to pick the lucky winner from a group of amazing entries, and we’re happy to announce that a decision has been made!

The lucky uTester going to STAREAST is (with a virtual drumroll, of course):

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Meet the uTesters: David Petura

David Petura hails from the Czech Republic, and is a Gold-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. He has over three years of software testing experience. 94837David is currently serving his second quarter as a uTest Forums moderator, and was recently voted by his uTest peers as one of the Q1 2015 Testers of the Quarter.

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: For daily usage — definitely Android. It gives so much flexibility with handling files, editing text, changing configuration, and so on. I used iOS for a few months, but had to go back to Android — I like the freedom that comes along with this OS.

Now the more interesting part for uTest — I like to test iOS more. Many could say that on Android you find more bugs, but I wouldn’t be so sure about this. There are some specific bugs on iOS which are really easy to find, and the overall quality on iOS seems a lot better than on Android, which gives me a better feeling when I test these apps.

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uTester Shares Experience From TestIstanbul 2015

TestIstanbulIf you’ll remember, uTest partnered with TestIstanbul 2015 as a Supportive Organization for the software testing conference.

This year’s TestIstanbul took place last Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, and one of our uTesters made the trip to this largest software testing conference in South East Europe and the Middle East.

Bronze-rated uTester and QA Engineer at Monitise Ziya (Ilkem) Erogul was gracious to share some of his thoughts on the show. Here’s Ilkem in his own words.

“First of all, it was an amazing experience for me to be at the TestIstanbul conference this year, both as a Monitise QA Engineer and a uTester. This is especially so as Monitise was one of the most important exhibitors, and uTest was the most well-known supportive organization at the event.

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uTest Introduces Paid Software Testing Projects for Cats

article-1343294817378-1434c36b000005dc-532529_466x310uTest is excited to announce the next evolution of our in-the-wild testing opportunities for our community of 175,000+ testing professionals — felines will now be able to participate in paid projects at uTest.

These new testing opportunities are in direct response to a growing need for the animal as an important part of the software testing process.

“The Community Management team has seen an increased uptick in customer requests to test apps that cats use on a daily basis,” said Jessica Fleet, Senior Community Manager at uTest. “Because of this, being the leader already in the space with over 175,000+ software testing professionals, it’s a natural progression for uTest to add to this growing demand by introducing a new demographic into our testing services.”

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of March 31

As we speak, our 175,000+ uTesters are busy working with some of the hottest startup, SMB and enterprise customers from around the world in a variety of sectors. uTestLogoBlack

For the week of March 31, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community. Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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Top Tweets From TestBash 2015

Each year, Ministry of Testing throws the leading software testing conference within the UK, and the 2015 edition sure looked like a great time once again from across the pond, with lively sessions from testers including Michael Bolton, Stephen Janaway and Matthew Heusser.

Here’s some of our personal favorite Tweets from TestBash last Friday:

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Vote Now to Send One Lucky uTester to STAREAST

One uTester is a step away from some testing fun in the sun.

uTesters have been busy filming their most compelling reasons on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015 logoStarEast– and the time has now come to view and vote for your favorite entries. The uTest & TechWell STAREAST contest voting is officially live!

With the voting period now through 11:59pm ET on April 4, testers will have their chance to vote on the most compelling and creative entries, and send one of their peers to STAREAST 2015 in sunny Orlando, Florida, May 3-8. The grand prize of over $5,000 includes admission to the show, airfare, and all accommodations and meals for the duration of the conference.

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Software Testing With a Spoon (And Other Interesting Interview Topics)

indexFrequent uTest contributor Daniel Knott recently penned a nice piece on ‘how to test a spoon.‘ It was a question used during a software testing job interview that Daniel stumbled upon.

OK, so you’re probably asking — why in the heck would I test a spoon in the first place? But if you’re asking this question according to Knott, you’re just in the wrong mindset when this curveball is thrown your way.

Knott argues that it’s less about the process of actually breaking the spoon, and more about the thoughts the question elicits:

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uTest Announces Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q1 2015

uTest is proud to announce the first 2015 Testers of the Quarter for Q1!badgeTesterOfQuarter

Our quarterly community recognition program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community. Testers recently concluded voting for their peers and mentors, recognizing their dedication and quality work in various facets of uTest participation including test cycle performance, course writing and blogging, and Forums participation.

In addition to the winners below, you can also view their names now in our uTest Hall of Fame. Without further ado, here are the Q1 2015 Testers of the Quarter at uTest:

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