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Advice Posts from Veterans

At uTest we want to provide all of the support we can for our new testers. We are very lucky to have an engaged community that is also committed to supporting beginners. A forum’s post started by a tester asks what the top worries and concerns are for new testers.

A few veterans contributed responses in the topic with what some of their original worries were and how the dealt with them. I wanted to feature them on the blog as a resource for some of our new registrants.  I kept the usernames the testers chose to use in the forums. Continue Reading →

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My Time at uTest: What I Learned About Software Testers

Prior to joining the uTest Community Management team in June of 2013, I had experience in the technical realm with otuTestLogoBlackher companies in areas including network management, but software testing was a whole new beast to me.

Thanks to meeting some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with in our testing community, I quickly embraced the art of testing. Here’s a few things that I found out about testers during my time at uTest.

They are an observant bunch

I remember my first week in the uTest Forums very well. I introduced myself. People welcomed me with open arms. It was great. Then I said it was a pleasure getting to know more about QA. That didn’t go over so well with one of our testers who kindly pointed out that they weren’t in the business of QA — they were a tester!

If this all sounds negative — it’s far from the case. Just like software testers push clients to make their products better everyday with their critical feedback, they too made me a better Community Manager by pushing me everyday to do better.

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New Technology Prompts Healthcare Transformation

Modern technology has given us many things that our grandparents (or even parents, for that matter) would have medicalnever thought possible, such as carrying around a computer in our pocket and connecting instantaneously with people across the world. This technology is part of our everyday lives, however, this incredible advancement in the world of personal, mobile technology has a much more practical and important role to play.

The healthcare industry is undergoing a revolution right now, and mobile and high-tech devices are at the heart of this transformation. Here are a few interesting and revolutionary apps and gadgets in the healthcare industry.

1. Metria Wearable Sensor: The Metria Wearable Sensor is a little device that adheres directly to your skin and monitors things such as cardiac monitoring, number of hours slept, and breaths per minute.The little gadget then can upload this information to a Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone, for analysis. The potential uses for this span from fitness and exercise to cardiac monitoring for at-risk individuals. Continue Reading →

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Software Testing Q&A: uTester Interviews Exec Jennifer Bonine

A VP of global delivery and solutions for tap|QA, Inc., Jennifer Bonine began her career in consulting, implementing large ERP solutions.5J1A0324

Jennifer has held executive-level positions leading development, quality assurance and testing, organizational development, and process improvement teams for Fortune 500 companies in several domains.

In an engagement for one of the world’s largest technology companies, Jennifer served as a strategy executive and in corporate marketing for the C-Suite. In her career, she has had several opportunities to build global teams from the ground up and has been fortunate to see how many of the world’s top companies operate from the C-Suite viewpoint.

While at STAREAST 2015, I sat down with Jennifer to discuss her views on crowdsourced testing, and her advice for software testers on being successful in the profession.

Anna Momatava: Jennifer, you are a frequent speaker at various software conferences, including STAREAST. In your opinion, what is the most beneficial part of events like this?

Jennifer Bonine: I think there are two parts to it that are valuable to people. One is getting ideas on what’s hot and what the current trends are in the world of software testing. The other piece is networking and meeting folks struggling with similar challenges, and learning from them — and I think a lot of people miss out on it. They come to a conference thinking, “I’m here just to attend my sessions,” so they actually don’t meet others.

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uTester Interviews Software Testing Veteran James Bach at STAREAST

James Bach is founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. Inphoto1 the 80s, James cut his teeth as a programmer, tester, and SQA manager in Silicon Valley in the world of market-driven software development. For nearly 15 years, he has traveled the world teaching rapid software testing skills (and serving as an expert witness on court cases involving software testing).

James is the author of ‘Lessons Learned in Software Testing,’ and ‘Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success.’ James has also been a frequent contributor to the uTest Blog.

While at STAREAST 2015, I sat down with James to discuss his views on developers testing, and his favorite “testing tools.”

Anna Momatava: Nowadays there are a lot of companies, especially startups, that make developers do both developing and testing (mostly just unit testing) in an effort to speed up delivery and eliminate the expense of having a QA department. Do you think this is a good approach?

James Bach: No, I really don’t. The testing mindset is a sophisticated and difficult thing to achieve. You can’t be in the testing mindset while you are in the building mindset. I am both a developer and a tester, and I can’t be in the testing mindset and the development mindset at the same time. They fight each other.

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Skype and iPhone Messages Are Having a Bad Week

sad-catMessaging apps are not having the best week this week.

First, there was news that sending a specific string of characters to an iPhone user via iMessage or SMS would crash both the phone and the Messages app. As reported on Mac Rumors, “sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot. From there, if the Messages app was opened at a list view, the Messages app crashes automatically when you try to open it.” Continue Reading →

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Calling All ♀esters

Here at uTest, we strive to have a variety of testers that can provide our customers with an in-depth and well-rounded report. We encourage testers of any demographic to join our community. women testing

However, only 27% of our community has indicated that they are female. This is a rather disappointing statistic, as the female testers we do have, have contributed very valuable material to us.

There are many challenges unique to female testers. The genetic differences that may allow gender to affect testing are mostly irrelevant to us. What is relevant is a job well-done. However, we do run test cycles where customers specifically request female testers.

We have had some really cool opportunities with wearables and other devices that have been exclusively female. As we grow, we will continue to post projects like these where female testers can get their chance to shine.

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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!)


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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