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STAREAST Trip Winner Anna Momatava Reflects on Testing Conference

The STAREAST conference in Orlando was an absolute whirlwind of events — dozens of sessions and tutorials, meetings with speakers and fellow testers from all over the world (I met people from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ukraine), the STAREAST Expo with the most innovative organizations featured, industry technical presentations, the Leadership Summit and much more.

You would think one could get lost easily amidst all of this action, but event organizer TechWell made sure everything was well-organized and on schedule. They also made me feel like a celebrity – as soon as I walked into the registration hall, I heard “This is our winner!” Throughout the entire conference, they made sure I had everything I needed, answered my questions and supported me.

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Camera Maker Leica Needs a Software Tester (Or Two!)

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The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera. (Photo courtesy of Leica.)

Camera manufacturer Leica recently announced that the photo files from their new camera shipping this month are completely incompatible with Apple’s Photos App in Mac OS X Yosemite “causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library.”

The product advisory for the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) continues, “With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost.” Continue Reading →

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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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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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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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Auditing and Software Testing: What’s the Connection?

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

Proper software testing and quality assurance requires more than just versatile, reliable tools. Stakeholders must also ensure that team members are interacting well, making relevant contributions and working toward predefined testing metrics.

How software auditing and testing complement each other

Fortunately, there’s a lot of overlap between having a sound technical solution and a good software audit process. The two essentially have a complementary relationship:

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Top Tweets From James Bach’s uTest Twitter Chat

Last week @uTest hosted a Twitter Chat with the one-and-only James Bach — Context-Driven Testing champion and disruptor of the software testing industry for over 25 years. James was gracious enough to donate his fee for the session to Per Scholas, which is currently in the midst of bringing 150 software testing jobs to underserved communities in The Bronx.

During the one-hour chat, we threw a lot of questions James’ way, all sourced from our uTesters. There were also a lot of spontaneous great discussions that arose organically out of the discussion points.

Here are some of the top tweets and discussions that took place over the one-hour chat with James and participants. You can also check out the whole conversation on Twitter at #uTestBach.

On what defines ‘real’ testers:

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uTest to Host Twitter Chat With James Bach: Submit Your Questions Now

JamesBach-200x200uTest is happy to announce that it will be hosting a live Twitter chat with context-driven testing champion and software testing industry disruptor James Bach this Friday, March 20, at 12pm Eastern Time.

If you’re a software tester, chances are, you’re probably pretty familiar with James. But for those that are not, he is synonymous with testing, and has been disrupting the industry and influencing and mentoring testers since he got his start in software testing over 25 years ago at Apple. Along with Cem Kaner, James is one of the founding leaders of Context-Driven Testing.

For those that have never participated in a Twitter chat, here’s how it will work:

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expo:QA Survey Explores Software Testing Salaries

bannerYou may remember last year uTest conducted a survey on the state of our own community. In the same vein, the expo:QA conference, the meeting point for software testing and quality professionals in Spain and Europe, has its own survey out for the greater testing community. The 4th Annual 2015 Salary Survey of Software Testing Professionals is focused on a far more specific and polarizing topic — testing salaries.

According to expo:QA, “the study allows us to attain a new analysis of a constantly evolving sector and discover how the current economic situation has affected our profession.”

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Q&A: ‘Let’s Test’ Leader Talks Global Reach of Context-Driven Testing, Previews Conference

Johan Jonasson is one of the organizers of Let’s Test conferences, which celebrate the context-driven school of JohanJonassonthought. In addition to co-founding testing consulting firm House of Test, Johlets-test-logo-180x47pxan is a contributing delegate at the SWET peer conferences, and has spoke at several national & international software testing conferences. He is also an active member of the Association for Software Testing (AST). Follow him on Twitter @johanjonasson.

Let’s Test 2015 is slated for May 25-27, 2015, in Stockholm, Sweden, and uTest has secured an exclusive 10% discount off new registrations. Email testers@utest.com for this special discount code, available only to registered uTest members.

In this interview, we talk with Johan on the global, inclusive context-driven testing community, and get a sense of what testers can expect at the 2015 edition of Let’s Test.

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