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uTest and TechWell Announce Winner of STAREAST Trip

uTest and TechWell are happy to announce that one lucky uTester has been selected as the winner of an expenses-paid triplogoStarEast to STAREAST 2015 in Orlando, Florida!

As part of this recent uTest & TechWell contest, uTest community members filmed their most compelling 20-second videos on why they should be sent to STAREAST 2015, the premier event for software testers and quality assurance professionals. Our community then took part in selecting their favorite submissions in a voting session that ended earlier this week.

Judges have poured over the most liked and voted videos to pick the lucky winner from a group of amazing entries, and we’re happy to announce that a decision has been made!

The lucky uTester going to STAREAST is (with a virtual drumroll, of course):

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uTester Shares Experience From TestIstanbul 2015

TestIstanbulIf you’ll remember, uTest partnered with TestIstanbul 2015 as a Supportive Organization for the software testing conference.

This year’s TestIstanbul took place last Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, and one of our uTesters made the trip to this largest software testing conference in South East Europe and the Middle East.

Bronze-rated uTester and QA Engineer at Monitise Ziya (Ilkem) Erogul was gracious to share some of his thoughts on the show. Here’s Ilkem in his own words.

“First of all, it was an amazing experience for me to be at the TestIstanbul conference this year, both as a Monitise QA Engineer and a uTester. This is especially so as Monitise was one of the most important exhibitors, and uTest was the most well-known supportive organization at the event.

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Update uTest University and Win $100

dont-keep-calm-because-its-contest-time-1Okay, uTesters, we are debuting a new contest and you will need your smarts and experience to win. Your challenge – should you choose to accept it – is to help update the course catalog in uTest University. Up for grabs is one of five $100 cash prizes if you do!

How To Enter

Entering the contest is simple and easy:

  1. Visit uTest University.
  2. Browse the courses.
  3. Find a course that needs updated information and submit an update.

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Top Tweets From TestBash 2015

Each year, Ministry of Testing throws the leading software testing conference within the UK, and the 2015 edition sure looked like a great time once again from across the pond, with lively sessions from testers including Michael Bolton, Stephen Janaway and Matthew Heusser.

Here’s some of our personal favorite Tweets from TestBash last Friday:

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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

Get your bags packed for some testing fun in the sun.logoStarEast

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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