From the very beginning, we’ve never stopped thinking about how to make the uTest Platform more usable and effective for our customers, testers and internal staff. Last Spring, for instance, we launched an entirely new HTML platform for our customers with an updated look and feel, as well as new features to support continuous build deployments and testing.
Since then, we’ve been secretly preparing for the tester HTML platform. Well, semi-secretly actually, as we gathered feedback from many of our top testers in the uTest Community throughout the design and development phases. Today, we are pleased to announce that the wait is finally over – the next generation uTest Platform for testers has officially launched!
For some of our testers, this announcement is merely a preview of things to come. While we’ve rolled out to most of our active testers, we will continue to roll this out to our entire community within the next few weeks. For those who are still waiting patiently, here’s a brief preview to hold you over:
New Dashboard of Test Cycle Progress and ‘To Do’ Action Items
One of the challenges our top testers face is how to easily organize and prioritize their uTest project work. With the new dashboard, it is easy to review the overall status of an individual test cycle, as well as their respective progress, or lack thereof. As a result, testers can easily assess which test cycles they may want to become more active in, without needing to jump in and out of test cycle details.
Additionally, there is now a ‘To Do’ list of action items on this page, detailing messages that need to be responded to and test cases that need to be submitted, just to name a few features. And directly below this section, there is a streaming list of updates pertaining to your most recent activity. This includes your test case being approved, your issue requiring more information, or even a notification that there is more work available on a test cycle you’re currently participating in.
Navigation and Workflow Improvements
Staying up-to-date on the latest test cycle information is critical to uTest success. If the customer has updated information to testers through test cycle chat, the notification should be easily accessible. To that end, we have incorporated ‘test cycle chat’ into the default view, regardless of which page you’re on, making it easy for testers to be notified of new messages. Additionally, there is a dedicated column for test cycles you’re working on to enable you to jump from one to another with one simple click.
Aside from default view changes, the process to claim test cases is more intuitive. When you click on an available test case, a list of remaining environments that match your profile will expand immediately below, allowing you to select and claim with ease. And finally, all of your submitted reports will reside in an ‘Issues’ tab, where you can easily filter and sort based on the testing type, report type, approval status, and more.
Alas, Back to HTML
We realize that it’s 2012 and Flash is considered ‘old school.’ On that note, we’re delighted to announce that the platform is entirely HTML-based (again). And while we have yet to optimize layout and performance on mobile devices, at least you won’t receive an error message any longer. More about mobile device support in the coming months.
Launching this new tester platform is only the beginning. In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out more features that further increase productivity, as well as optimizing our support for various testing types. For these updates and more, please visit the Platform Feedback and Updates section of the uTest Forums. We look forward to your feedback as we continue to roll out new features to the uTest Platform!