Upcoming Software Testing Events for Summer 2014 Include CAST, ChinaTest

The Summer is usually a leisurely paced time of year — Business Communication Duplicate modelyou’ve got your days at the beach, road trips and fun in the sun. The software testing conference scene is no different, really, but there are a few major notable shows to take note of as we get deep into the summer heat:


  • International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis (ISSTA): Taking place next week, ISSTA is the leading research symposium on software testing and analysis, bringing together academics, industrial researchers, and practitioners to exchange new ideas, problems, and experience on how to analyze and test software systems.
  • ChinaTest 2014: James Bach and some other big names in software testing are at this major Chinese show this month.


  • SoCraTes 2014: The show is all about the sustainable creation of useful software in a responsible way. In short, everyone who is concerned with coding, testing, code quality, software craftsmanship would want to be at this one — so that means testers! Check out this one in Germany.
  • Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) 2014: CAST’s 9th Annual software testing conference in New York City is one of the most well-known amongst testers, and for good reason: it perennially features major testing players including James Bach, Matthew Heusser, Michael Bolton and Fiona Charles, and is interactive in format with debates and panels taking center stage, along with content built by testers for testers. uTest will also be covering the event from NYC in August, along with some choice interviews, so stay tuned to Social and the Blog!

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uTest Non-profit Partner Brings 150 Software Testing Jobs to the Bronx

extralargeIT job training non-profit Per Scholas plans to bring 150 new software testing jobs to the Bronx, New York, this Fall when it opens a large software testing center there.

According to a DNAinfo.com news story:

Per Scholas, which is based in The Bronx, and the IT consulting company Doran Jones plan to open the roughly $1 million, three-story, 90,000-square-foot software testing center at 804 E. 138th St., near Willow Avenue.

All of the entry-level jobs will be sourced from Per Scholas graduates, and the boom of 150 new jobs is widely expected to open a lot of doors not usually available in the urban Bronx neighborhood. Keith Klain, co-CEO of Doran Jones, hopes to see the center eventually grow to 500 employees.

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STARWEST 2014 Announced for October in Anaheim

250x250_STATICSoftware testers from all over the world will be descending upon the home of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and more this Fall — it was just announced that STARWEST (Software Testing Analysis & Review West) 2014 will be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., from October 12-17.

STARWEST is billed as the premier event for software testers and quality assurance professionals—covering all your testing needs with 100+ learning and networking opportunities. Applause will be a sponsor of this year’s show once again, so be sure to join us in California for six days of testing fun, networking, courses and seminars. Also be sure to check out the rest of the 2014 testing events on the slate over at the uTest Events Calendar.

We’ve also secured an extra incentive for uTesters heading out to California in October. If you plan on attending STARWEST, please contact us at testers@utest.com to receive a special discount code for $200 off a new registration.

Events From the Testing World: Week of July 1, 2014

At uTest, we love events – the networking, the learning, the free food – we love it all. We love events so much that we created the unetworkingTest Events page which is where you will find the latest and greatest software testing events happening around the world. This week, we have some exciting in-person events happening in San Francisco and London.

First up is the 8th International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, which began yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This event brings together a broad spectrum of both researchers and practitioners who present their ideas, experiences, and most current research. Through networking with peers, attendees can exchange advice on developing reliable, secure, and trustworthy software systems. This gives the academic community an increased awareness of areas vital to the industry, while also presenting practitioners an opportunity to express their needs.

The conference has three major tracks: research papers, fast abstracts and the student doctoral program. Included are invited keynote addresses, talks, panels, and tutorials on emerging topics related to the scope of the conference. In addition, there will be more focused workshops held concurrently.

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Top Tweets from Enterprise Apps World

More than 8,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors converged in London on June 17 and 18 for the industry event known as Enterprise Apps World. Here are, in no particular order, the top tweets from this event:

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Tester Shares His Experience from the Software Testing World Cup 2014

Tester and uTest Blog contributor Daniel Knott was a participant in last week’s Europe preliminary round of the Software Testing World Cup (STWCSoftware Testing World Cup) 2014, and recently blogged about the experience on his own blog. Be sure to check out more on the STWC, which is currently in full swing.

[Last Friday], the preliminary Software Testing World Cup competition took place for Europe. To summarize it in one sentence…It was awesome, and a good experience for software testers.

The software that was tested was a sales tool. We had the goal of testing this application on as many as possible mobile devices with different screen sizes for usability, functionality and design. Out of scope during the session was load and performance testing. Also, security testing had a low priority.

I was part of a distributed team within Europe. One guy was in Barcelona, one in Hamburg, one in Dusseldorf, and one in Wiesbaden. We organized ourselves via Google Docs and a Google Hangout session during the competition. One person (myself), was listening to the live STWC YouTube channel, where the judges were answering questions from the teams and informing my team of important information. Each of us had a special test task of where to focus on. We focused on usability, functionality, design and some security testing.

We tested the application on iPad Minis, iPhones and on different Android devices. In total, we filed 38 bugs in the provided defect management tool. 15 of the filed bugs were critical. As an example, we were able to access sensitive data of snapshots and account settings from one of my team members. Other than that, there were lots of cross-site scripting problems in the application. 9 of the filed bugs had a high priority. Here, for example, it was very easy to create internal server errors on the application backend by entering special characters to the input fields. 11 bugs had the severity medium, and 3, low. 

During the test session, we talked a lot about the current status of each team member to get an impression of the application and its problems. While testing the application, everyone on the team was very focused, but nonetheless, we had lots of fun and were laughing a lot.

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Focus on Testing Best Practices, Discount for uTesters at SQTM

“Best practice” is a term that is often used in testing circles, as well as in the business and management world. At times, the phrase is used in such a vague way that it is difficult to discern concrete practical advice that is useful.SQTM-small-logo Thankfully, the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management (SQTM) focuses on providing practical methods (based on best practices) that consistently produce good results. Testers will hear success stories and case studies from the expert presenters at the conference, and will walk away with practical, proven, and feasible solutions that work. 

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Upcoming Events from the Software Testing World – 6/16 – 6/20

The uTest Events page is where you can find the latest events happening in software testing. This week, we have some great in-person events happening around the world. in-person-events

For those of you who are are looking for an internationally recognized certification in software testing, SQE Training is offering the Software Tester Certification – Foundation Level in Tampa, Florida from June 17 to June 19. This is an ASTQB-accredited course to prepare you for the ISTQB® Certified Tester—Foundation Level exam. In this course, you’ll learn the basic skills required of a software test professional and how testing fits into software development.

Enterprise Apps World is taking place in London from June 17 to June 18. This two-day show is co-located with Cloud World Forum and looks at all the implications of going mobile in the workplace.

The STeP-in Summit 2014 in Pune and Hyderabad, India is celebrating its 11th year as an international software testing conference. From June 18 to June 19, testers will cover topics that range from advanced scenarios with Apache JMeter to outcome-based testing, heuristics and mind-maps, and behavioral-driven development.

Rounding out the week on June 19 is the 4th edition Test Automation Day in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event features two days of talks and workshops by international speakers focused exclusively on test automation.

Check out the uTest Events calendar for more upcoming in-person and online events!



Tester Takes: Stephen Janaway on Testing Landscape, Upcoming London Conference

Stephen Janaway has been involved with software testing for over 14 years, starting as a Test Engineer, and has worked in various test and delivery management roles. Currently he’s a Test Manager focusing on mobile and web testing, test automation and software delivery optimization. He has also worked for three of the major mobile device manufacturers. Stephen loves talking to others about software testing, test techniques and the mobile device and application worlds. You can find him on Twitter or via his blog.Stephen Janaway

uTest: How did you get involved in software testing? What do you love most about it?

SJ: Like a lot of people, I fell into software testing. Having completed a Master in Telecommunication, I took a job as a software developer at Ericsson, working on mobile network equipment. Although this was a good role to learn software development within, I found myself getting increasingly frustrated with the development process, and as the projects went into the testing phase, I found it was the process of software testing that excited me more. We were running long, waterfall-style projects in those days and so the software testing was very different from what I see now.

What I love about testing is primarily the art of investigation. Testing is a lot about discovery and  using your curiosity to discover information about a product, and I find that very motivating. I also really enjoy being a part of the software testing community, who help me a great deal, and are very friendly and approachable.

uTest: What has changed in the software testing landscape the most since you began as a test engineer over a decade ago?

SJ:Wow…that makes me feel old! I think the biggest change has to the way software projects overall are delivered, and the knock-on effect that has had on testing. Long gone are the days of two-year-long projects, with defined development and testing phases lasting months. I’m pleased to see the back of this way of working; I enjoy working in a faster-paced, more Agile environment, but it has caused changes to the ways we test.

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Top 10 Tweets from the Better Software and Agile Development Conferences

The Better Software and Agile Development Conferences wrap up today in Las Vegas, NV. For six days, the Gambling and Entertainment Capital of the World became the Software Development Capital of the World, and we’ve got the tweets to prove it! Here are, in no particular order, the top 10 tweets from this week:

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