uTest Non-Profit Partner Awarded $1.8 Million to Fund Software Testing Center

uTest is proud and excited to report that Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council has awarded $1.8 million to Per Scholas 003a8273-72a8-4ba7-9b5e-d2308638f7d2-mand its Urban Development Center (UDC) partner Doran Jones. The grant will help fund a software testing center currently being built in New York, bringing 150 software testing jobs to The Bronx.

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Join uTest for a Town Hall Meeting on December 16

Back in May, you may remember that our company rebranded to Applause and that we, the uTest team, relaunched as an open community that exists to promote and advance the software testing profession. uTest-town-hall

As Matt Johnston, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, noted in his blog post at the time, “In line with this new mission, we will build a million-member testing community. Together, we’ll create the most inclusive, informative and important brand in the lives of testers. This means much more than simply getting paid projects.”

We introduced a brand new uTest.com back then and have since introduced many other enhancements over the past six months, such as:

  • A revamped Events calendar
  • “Follow Me” capability for community members
  • Leaderboard for members with the most followers
  • uTest.com Profile improvements
  • A recommendations feature that allows fellow testers to commend each other for great work

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uTest Launches Testing Careers Content Contest

Keeping up a career in software quality assurance (QA) and software testing means a constant balance of keeping up with the latest technology, a keen attention to detail and process, and understanding how to communicate (well) with the customer and testing team. Careers

For this contest, we are looking for your best software QA and software testing career advice or tips for a chance at a $250 cash prize! Ideally, your entries will have a minimum of 600-800 words and include cited sources where necessary.

Sample topics may include the following (but we strongly encourage you to come up with your own!):

  • 5 tips to ace the interview
  • Resources to improve your testing abilities
  • 3 bad testing habits you need to break

Rob Lambert, Engineering Manager and author of the book “Remaining Relevant,” is serving as our guest judge for this contest. He will read through your entries and pick the best of the bunch.

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Join uTest for a #uTestChat Twitter Chat on Friday

This Friday, November 21st, we are excited for you to join @uTest on Twitter for #uTestChat starting at 1:00 p.m. EST. It’s time to huddle around the virtual water cooler and connect with your fellow software testers as we chat about all things software testing.

Have a question about furthering your career or breaking into a new testing type? How to write a great bug report? What’s the best testing tool for the job? Bring your thoughts and opinions, and get ready to spend some time connecting with the testing community. twitter-utest-chat

What is a Twitter chat?

A Twitter chat (or tweet chat) is a live, real-time conversation between a group of people on Twitter. The group follows one hashtag (#uTestChat) and your moderators from the Community Management team (Linda and Ryan) will keep the discussion moving.

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Applause Announces the Ovation Awards: Vote for Your Favorite Apps

As testers working with hundreds of apps each year, you probably already have a good idea which ones stand out in the pack. Now’s your chance to letovationLogoLeftBlack that be known to the world.

360-degree App Quality company Applause is excited to announce The Ovation Awards, the only app awards that measure what brands & developers truly seek: the love and loyalty of users and experts.

We’re looking to you not only as testers, but as app users, to vote for your favorite apps from a list of 200 finalists across 10 categories (and across both iOS and Android). We have a panel of expert judges who will be poring over your selections and making their decisions. Here’s the timeline of the awards:

  • Public voting: Nov 12 – Dec 14 – Vote for your favorite apps – vote for just one, or vote for 20 (one per category per OS) from our pool of 200 finalists. This is a big part of what our panel of expert judges will consider.
  • Judging – Our panel includes accomplished mobile engineers, journalists, CEOs and others who understand apps inside and out. Oh, and that means testers, too. You may recognize long-time uTesters Lena Houser, Allyson Burk and Michael Larsen who are also on our esteemed panel! The judges will look at YOUR votes –  as well as the analytics used by our in-house team of data scientists to help decide the 200 finalists – in order to choose the winners across 10 categories and the overall grand prize winner for each operating system.
  • Winners: Announced January 14, 2015 – The winner for each category + OS will be announced, as will the grand-prize, overall winners for iOS and Android.

Let your voice ring loud and clear. Be sure to vote today for your favorite apps in the Ovation Awards!

Top Tweets from Better Software and Agile Development Conference East

As I wipe the frost off of my car and see my breath in the cold New England air, I’m especially envious of the folks down in Orlando this week for the Better Software and Agile Development East Conferences.

Testing and development professionals that registered for one of the two shows running concurrently this week received access to both the Better Software and Agile Development conferences, held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla., November 9-14.

The Agile Development Conference has been recognized for bringing together prominent thought leaders in the agile universe, while the Better Software Conference encompasses the entire software development life cycle, and true to its name, covers learning how to build better software. All week, both conferences have boasted keynotes featuring recognized thought leaders, in-depth tutorials and an expo floor with the latest software development and testing solutions.

For those unable to make it down to sunny Orlando this week for the 2-for-1 conference, here are some of the top tweets from the shows using the hashtag #BSCADC.

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Top Tweets from STPCon Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 edition of STPCon (Software Test Professionals Conference) is winding down after three days of keynotes, sessions and workshops on topics including agile testing, performance testing, test automation, mobile application testing, and test team leadership and management.

Speakers this week have included Keith Klain, Mike Lyles, Mark Tomlinson, Carlene Wesemeyer, JeanAnn Harrison and Applause’s own Chris Munroe.

Don’t worry if you weren’t at the show or didn’t get a chance to stop by and see us at the Applause/uTest booth (while it saddens us, we won’t hold it against you…for too long, anyways). We’ve got you covered with some of the most inspiring, quotable, memorable — and just flat out funny — tweets from the show that were tagged with #STPcon:

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How Sesame Street Can Help You Become a Better Software Tester

indexAll I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten.

STARWEST presenter Robert Sabourin – a 30+ year veteran and well-respected member of the software development community – took that nugget of conventional wisdom and put his own unique tech spin on it in his course on Testing Lessons Learned from Sesame Street.

While the topic was fun and lighthearted, Rob took his subject matter seriously and impressed on attendees just how important it is to learn and master the basics. But what are “the basics”?

Let’s take a closer look at what you really need to know to build a solid software testing foundation.

Rob’s presentation focused on two main areas of professional – and personal! – development: cognitive skills and social skills. Developing your cognitive skills allows you to think more analytically, to develop efficient models and lay out precise explanations for your processes and reasoning. Strong social skills elevate your ability to collaborate to a whole new level of effectiveness and can help grow your reputation as a thought-leader.

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STARWEST 2014 Interview: Qualities Test Managers Seek in Software Testers

Recently at STARWEST, I caught up with professional software testing team lead Richard DeBarba.

Rich gave some great insight into what qualities he looks for in a team member and how attending STARWEST helps him focus on the most optimal training materials and direction for his team. By attending conferences like STARWEST, Rich is able to keep up with recent trends in software testing and learn about progressive new tools or practices.

So what types of testers do team managers like Rich look for? Check out the video below to see what he had to say!

Mad Scientists Welcome at the STARWEST 2014 Test Lab

Testing is dull, boring, and repetitive.

Ever heard anyone say that? Well at STARWEST 2014, the theme is Breaking Software (in the spirit of Breaking Bad), and this crowd is anything but dull! Creativity abounds at this conference, from the whimsical (yet impactful) session topics to the geek-chic booth themes (I do so love a good Star Wars parody!) to the on-site Test Lab run by what at first glance appears to be a crew of mad scientists. Boring or repetitive? I don’t think so!

Because the Test Lab was such a fun space, I interviewed one of the mad scientist/test lab rats, Paul Carvalho, to get the lowdown on what STARWEST 2014 attendees have been up to. Check out the video below for a tour of the STARWEST Test Lab, complete with singing computers, noisy chickens, talking clocks, and more!

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