Top 10 In-Demand Careers for 2015 Include Testing

We’ve mentioned before that testers and QA engineers have some of the most job satisfaction out of anyone employed. Now, th7_top_sites_to_find_a_great_nonprofit_job_stk27423sigis already happy bunch may have something to be even happier about.

According to a recent report by Fortune Magazine based on data from job-seeking site Indeed, software quality assurance engineers and testers ranked no. 7 on its list of the top 10 most in-demand jobs for 2015 for US job-seekers.

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Three Reasons Testers Should Test for Opportunities…and Not Bugs

In my opinion, the role of the tester is evolving. When I started testing in 2002, I had no conunnamedtact with the users or developers. As a result, I had a limited view of the system and what it could do. This limited view also translated into what was expected out of me. As a tester, I was supposed to find defects, and that’s what I did.

However, at least for many people, things have changed, and they have changed for good. Testers are often part of an integrated team now and their role is not limited to find defects. They help teams with whatever they can — from clarifying the requirements to streamlining the release process. Whatever it takes to deliver good-quality software, testers are expected to do that.

I believe the role of a tester is evolving from being a bug hunter to an opportunity hunter. As a tester, we hunt for opportunities that:

  1. Make products useful and usable
  2. Improve the efficiency of delivering software
  3. Increase prospects for the business

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State of Testing Survey 2015 Opening for Participation

Once again, the team at PractiTest is launching its State of Testing Survey for 2015, bringing together stories aUntitlednd pain points from the testing community around the world.

The 2014 edition of the State of Testing was a rousing success, having garnered over 600 responses. Once again, the study seeks to identify the existing practices and challenges facing the testing community in hopes of shedding light on these issues, and provoking a fruitful discussion towards improvement.

uTest is proud to be a supporter of the third annual survey, along with frequent uTest contributors including Michael Larsen, Stephen Janaway and Daniel Knott.

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Ask the Expert: Michael Larsen Answers Testing Careers Questions

Michael Larsen is a software tester based out of San Francisco, California. Michael started his pursuit of software testing full-time at Cisco Systems in 1992. After a picture-87071-1360261260decade at Cisco, he’s worked with a broad array of technologies and in industries including virtual machine software, video game development and distributed database and web applications.

Michael is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Software Testing, the producer of and a regular commentator for the SoftwareTestPro.com podcast “This Week in Software Testing,” and a founding member of the “Americas” Chapter of “Weekend Testing.” Michael also blogs at TESTHEAD and can be reached on Twitter at @mkltesthead.

In our first Meet the Expert piece, Michael fields questions from uTesters and gives advice on career success in testing.

Is there anything you feel was key for your career success (i.e. was there a thing you did — or still do — that you’re willing to single out as the biggest contributing factor)? Why have all of us have heard of you but not your fellow testers from Cisco? - Milos Dedijer

Michael Larsen: First of all, I think it’s important to realize that just because you have heard of me, it does not speak to the skills (positive or negative) of many of my testing compatriots at Cisco Systems. The reason you have heard of me is that I have made a point of becoming broadly involved in the software testing community. Six years ago, you would not have heard of me either, because I had not made the decision to engage in that manner.

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Know Yourself And Find Your Testing Profile

We live in a world of diversity. Everything around us exhibits multiple shapes, colors and textures. Looking at ourselves, we can see how dindexifferent factors, ranging from genetics to environment, ultimately will determine who we will be. It is this very diversity, far from being a threat, that enriches us, allowing for opportunities in a market where specificity plays a major role.

Similarly to how personal traits, experiences and acquired skills incline us to embrace a certain profession, our potentialities can be fully deployed when a career profile is wisely chosen.

Every job in QA demands a series of skills and traits common to the area. Finding our place means discovering ourselves to better fit in the landscape. In some of these roles, analytical abilities are most important, while interpersonal skills are emphasized in others. So what should we look out for? The following list, while not prescriptive, may help clarify several aspects normally needed.

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uTest in January 2015: The Return of Mentoring, New Contest, Rising Stars

Fresh off the holidays and a very Happy New Year, the uTest Community team is feeling refreshed. And because we’re feeling that ruTestLogoBlackefreshed, there is a lot we’re launching this month.

Here’s a look at a bunch of programs just kicking off this week here at uTest.

A.C.E. Testing Mentoring Program Returns

We’re proud to announce that our A.C.E. (Assisted Continuing Education) software testing mentoring program is returning for 2015!

You may remember that the program was launched to help testers, whether beginners to software testing or in need of a refresher on core concepts, build a solid foundation of testing education to help achieve professional success and grow in their testing careers. This is achieved through various course modules, each geared to the software testing professional at various stages of his or her career.

We’re currently crowdsourcing which courses you want to see next as part of the program, so voice your opinion today.

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uTest Announces Winner of QA Career Advice Contest

As you may remember, we kicked off a contest last month via the uTest Forums in search of your best software QA and software testing career advice. We enlisted the help of guest judge Rob Lambert, Engineering Manager and author of the book “Remaining Relevant,” to award a $250 cash prize to the best entry. Rob had the fun-but-arduous task of reviewing all of the entries submitted by our global community of uTesters. Winner stamp

I’m happy to announce the winner of our QA/Software Testing Career Advice contest is Jennifer Kitzmann, who authored Four Tips for QA Career Success. Rob chose this winning entry because “the answers were based on working out what your goals and expectations were rather than just what technique or test approach to employ. I liked it a lot, and I believe people new to testing would benefit from understanding these ideas and then going away and working out how to put them in to daily practice,” he said.

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Why Testers’ Bug Reports May Be Costing Them

Note: The following is a guest submission to the uTest Blog from Sanjay Zalavadia of Zephyr.index

If QA teams don’t make the most of their reporting efforts, they will squander a golden opportunity to enhance the quality of their software development practices.

The reporting phase of the software testing process is one of the most important aspects of quality assurance and testing. Identifying critical bugs, defects and performance issues will not provide much value to the development team if there isn’t sufficient documentation outlining what the flaw is and how it can be reproduced. By taking a lax approach to reporting, QA teams will hinder their own testing efforts, costing the organization time and money.

Simply reporting on test results and discovered bugs isn’t enough. Software testers need to ensure that they are making the most of these efforts and providing actionable information to developers and other team members. Nothing is more frustrating to a QA expert than receiving a bug report that offers little insight into the nature of the flaw or how one can go about recreating it.

Software Testing Fundamentals explained that one of the most important criteria for effectively reporting flaws is to be specific and detailed.

“Provide more information (not less),” according to the publication. “In other words, do not be lazy. Developers may or may not use all the information you provide but they sure do not want to beg you for any information you have missed.”

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Which Testing Skills Will Get You Hired in 2015?

As technology and app development continue to take center stage, app testing has become an influential prospect.

As the mobile app development and testing environment continues to grow, the amount of apps being developed has osoftware testervertaken standard web usage, creating a huge need for mobile application testers. In 2015, the job market prospects for testers look very promising.

2015 Predictions

With mobile usage soaring in 2014, more people accessed the Internet via a smartphone than on their computers. The need for talent to meet this growing demand is huge. Application processes for mobile devices will be front and center. With Android phones dominating over 85% of the global smartphone market, jobs for developers and testers are in high demand.

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Testers: Challenge Yourself Just Barely Above Your Current Skill Level

This article is about a new testing acronym: CMJBMCSL. Read alosteel-minimal-staircaseng to see what it means.

I have been reading lately from Stephen King’s book “On Writing,” where he talks, among other things, about what helped him become a better writer and eventually have success. Here’s the main three:

  • Have lots of practice
  • Be driven by honest feedback: Over the years, his work was rejected hundreds of times by editors and magazines; every time he got a rejection note, the note was placed on a nail into the wall; the nail could not support the weight of the rejection notes after a while, so it was replaced by a spike
  • Challenge yourself just barely above your current skill level

The simplicity of the three points of Stephen King’s training made complete sense. But there was something bothering me about the third point: challenging himself just barely above his current skill level.

I realized though that this is exactly what I have been doing to become better in my profession

Challenge
Yourself
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I finally have a name for my not-very-well-understood-at-that-time learning process!

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