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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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uTest Announces Behavior-Driven Testing Webinar with Anand Bagmar

webinaruTest is excited to announce another live webinar opportunity. Registration is now open for the webinar Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT), with Anand Bagmar. In this webinar, participants can learn:

  • How to build a good and valuable regression suite for the product under test
  • Different styles of identifying / writing scenarios that will validate the expected business functionality
  • Automating tests identified using the BDT approach will automate your business functionality
  • Advantages of identifying regression tests using the BDT approach

Anand is a familiar guest blogger on the uTest Blog. His recent post Selenium: 10 Years Later and Still Going Strong takes a look at the ecosystem that Selenium has nurtured over the past decade.

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uTest To Host Live Security Testing Webinar With Dave Ferguson

dave-fergusonuTest is happy to announce a new live webinar, Introduction to Security Testing + Live Demo with Dave Ferguson, scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. ET.

Dave is a former application developer and security consultant, and now a Gold-rated security tester in the uTest Community. Over the years he’s found too many vulnerabilities to count, including a particularly scary one at a top-tier streaming media company.

Dave is a member and contributor to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and resides in Texas, USA. He holds CISSP and CSSLP security certifications.

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uTest Teams With TestIstanbul, Secures Conference Discount for Community

uTest is excited to announce that it has partnered as a Supportive Organization with TestIstanbul for the 2015 edition of its testing confe2067a79rence.

TestIstanbul is the largest software testing conference in South East Europe and the Middle East, hosting nearly a thousand local and foreign professionals from the software testing realm. The 2015 edition will be hosted, as always, in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 27, 2015.

Sponsored by IBM, this year’s show is themed ‘Performance Testing: High Performance Software Driven by the Business,’ and features sessions on topics including stress and load testing techniques, test tools and implementation, testing in the cloud and practical advice on testing careers.

Keynotes include sessions by Goranka Bjedov (Facebook), Alexander Podelko (Oracle), Martin Spier (Netflix), and Ian Molyneaux (Intechnica).

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uTest Takes: Best Testing Blogs From the Week of Jan. 23

From time to time, the uTest Blog highlights some of the recent blog entries that uTesters have crafted on their own personal blogs, along with some standouts from the outside testing world.

Here are some such notables from the week of Jan. 23, 2015:

Blogs This Week from uTesters & uTest Contributors

  • Reading Recommendations #2: Continuing on last week’s theme of uTest contributor Daniel Knott’s favorite blogs of recent, he once again put together this list of 7 new blogs. They include topics in areas as diverse as expectations when speaking at conferences to designing products for wearables. One recommendation even includes a recent post from one of our own uTesters about knowing one’s testing profile.
  • Experience is Earned, Expertise is Granted: An ‘Ask the Expert’ interview we ran earlier in the week with Michael Larsen prompted this follow-up blog. It’s a great read and questions the very notion of ‘expert,’ and whether anyone can proclaim themselves as one, or if the moniker has to be imposed from the outside.

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uTest Takes: The Best Testing Blogs From the Week

We publish a lot of content here at uTest not only on our Blog (which you have the distinct pleasure of now reading), but in our Forums and uTest Universityimages as well. But there’s also a lot of great content out there that catches our eye on a daily basis.

From time to time, the uTest Blog will highlight some of the recent blog entries that uTesters have crafted on their own personal blogs, along with some standouts from the outside testing world.

Here’s some of our favorites from the most recent week.

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STPCon Announces Spring 2015 Show Dates and Workshop Schedule

The Software Test Professionals Conference (STPCon) recently announced that their Spring 2015 show will take place from March 30 tSTPCONS15-LOGO1o April 2 in San Diego, California, and also unveiled a taste of the two days of workshops being offered at the conference.

STPCon is widely known as a leading conference for networking and education where testers can hear industry speakers such as Dave Haeffner, Joseph Ours and Christin Wiedemann.

Billed as “a program designed by testers for testers,” the full event schedule looks packed with lots of tester and developer offerings starting with an application performance clinic by Andreas Grabner on March 29. The opening event is BYOA (Bring Your Own Application) and will feature hands-on instruction.

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