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Vote Now to Send One Lucky uTester to STAREAST

One uTester is a step away from some testing fun in the sun.

uTesters have been busy filming their most compelling reasons on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015 logoStarEast– and the time has now come to view and vote for your favorite entries. The uTest & TechWell STAREAST contest voting is officially live!

With the voting period now through 11:59pm ET on April 4, testers will have their chance to vote on the most compelling and creative entries, and send one of their peers to STAREAST 2015 in sunny Orlando, Florida, May 3-8. The grand prize of over $5,000 includes admission to the show, airfare, and all accommodations and meals for the duration of the conference.

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Learn How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs

uTest University recently hosted a “How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs” live webinar, led by Test Team Leads (TTLs) Dave D’Amico and Todd Miller. Dave’s experience in software support/system administration and Todd ‘s perspective as a former test manager on the customer side provided some unique insights into the bug hunting and bug reporting process.

Some tester tips from the webinar include:

  • It is important to know the customer’s product life cycle and where your testing fits in to that life cycle.
  • Know the scope and known issues for your test cycle so that you recognize a high value bug when you encounter one.
  • Monitor the cycle and see what other testers are submitting. Are there traits to the approved bugs that you adopt to improve your own reporting?
  • Every cycle is unique, so a tester needs to adapt based on the information given in each new cycle.
  • Context builds value! Bug reports often get sent to people on the customer side who were not part of the test cycle. Make sure your bug report is written so that everyone can understand it.

In this excerpt from the webinar, Dave and Todd talk about the concept of “high value” and why that can be different between different customers and test cycles. You can also view the full recorded webinar.

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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 Announces Collaboration With expo:QA, Conference Discount

SquareButton(125x125)-01uTest is happy to announce its collaboration with expo:QA 2015, the meeting point for software testing and quality professionals in Spain and Europe.

The 2015 edition of the conference will be held June 8-11, 2015, in Madrid, Spain. expo:QA has successfully consolidated itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in southern Europe dedicated to this field.

The schedule once again is packed with keynotes from notable speakers including David Evans, Zeger Van Hese and Cesario Ramos, and diverse sessions including The Agile Testing Mindset, The Internet of Everything – How Will We Test it?, and Security Testing in Mobile Applications.

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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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Register Now for uTest’s ‘How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs’ Webinar

The next live webinar session from uTest University is now open for registration. Join uTest Test Team Leads (TTLs) for a discussion about highly valuable bugs – what they are, traits of these bugs and how to find them – in this “How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs” webinar. magnifying-glass

Participants in the webinar will learn:

  • What is a highly valuable bug?
  • What does a highly valuable bug mean?
  • What are the traits of a highly valuable bug?
  • What if my highly valuable bug is not approved?

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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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uTest Partners with TechWell to Send One Lucky uTester to STAREAST in Orlando

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uTest is happy to announce that it has partnered with TechWell / Software Quality Engineering (SQE) to send one lucky uTester on a free trip to its flagship testing conference STAREAST!

What’s STAREAST?

STAREAST 2015 will be held May 3-8 in Orlando, FL, and is the premier event for software testers and quality assurance professionals—covering all your testing needs with 100+ learning and networking opportunities. Featured speakers for the 2015 edition include Dorothy Graham, Jason Arbon, Mike Sowers and Michael Bolton. In short, it’s bound to be another huge year at one of the biggest testing conferences in the United States.

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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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uTest Offers Discount for Test Management-Focused SQTM Conference

The International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management (SQTM) is the only conference that focuses on advancing the tSQTM-small-logoest management and quality management professions by providing practical methods based on best practices. The conference relies on experts and practitioners to bring to the conference success stories and case studies. The 2015 SQTM will be held May 31-June 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

uTest spoke with conference chair and CEO of the International Institute for Software Testing (IIST) Magdy Hanna, Ph.D., for a preview of what the 2015 edition of the show will bring. Stay tuned at the end of the interview to see how uTesters can receive an exclusive discount on new registrations to SQTM.

uTest: Could you give us a little preview of what testers can expect at this year’s conference?

Magdy Hanna: At SQTM 2015, attendees will have the opportunity to select from 26 full-day tutorial workshops. These tutorials provide in-depth coverage in many areas of quality and test management. This year, we also added a number of tutorials on soft skills. Also, for the first time, attendees will be able to achieve education-based certifications such as the Certified Agile Software Test Professional certification.

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Latest Testing in the Pub Podcast Looks Forward to 2015

titp-round-1005x1024It’s been a while since the great folks over at Testing in the Pub have broadcasted, but they are back with their first edition for the new year.

In this episode, Stephen Janaway and company look forward to 2015 and talk about the conferences, meetups and other events that they are interested in this year.

Listen to the full podcast right here for download and streaming, and on YouTube and iTunes. Be sure to check out the entire back catalog of the series as well. And speaking of events, uTest is also interested in a bunch of them in 2015, some of those which were discussed during this podcast. To learn more about TestBash and other conferences throughout the year, check out our Events Calendar.

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