uTest Platform Update: New Features for the Week of Jan. 20, 2015

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

– Steve Jobs

This week, we once again rolled out a bunch of new features for the uTest tester platform. We’ll do our best to live up to Steve Jobs’ quote by constantly rolling out new enhancements, and raising the bar for quality for uTesters on paid projects.

Edit Bugs in More Detail

Testers will now be able to edit bugs in more detail with the ability to change the build that an issue was reported against, and update the environments that were selected when initially reporting the issue. This removes the need for testers to use the +1 feature which was a workaround to confirming their own issues to add this data.

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uTest Platform Update: New Features and Enhancements Including +1 Version Two

uTestLogoBlack“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.”

– John Ruskin

A bunch of new features — and enhancements to existing ones — were rolled out this week to the tester platform for uTesters on paid projects. Here’s a preview of what was deployed this week.

+1 Feature V2

To further encourage use of the +1 feature, we have added the ability to +1 an issue directly from within the issues list and the duplicate bug warn feature.

Whenever you attempt to report a new issue and find out it is not unique via the duplicate bug warner, you can now click a +1 icon to confirm any of the referenced issues, without even leaving the issue report form.

The same feature is embedded in the issues list. When you hover your mouse over a row in the issues list, the number of testers that reproduced an issue is replaced with the +1 icon. When clicked, you can directly confirm an issue without having to navigate into the issue details page. This works hand in hand with the issue preview that you can trigger by hovering your mouse over the small magnifying glass in front of the issue title.

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uTest 2014: A Year in Review

The uTest community surpassed some amazing milestones in 2014, and our testers did some amazing things. From site features such as the Paid Projects Board and Public Profile, to huge community growth, to tester payouts, we hit records across the board. Check out the highlights of our landmark year in the following infographic.

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uTest in January 2015: The Return of Mentoring, New Contest, Rising Stars

Fresh off the holidays and a very Happy New Year, the uTest Community team is feeling refreshed. And because we’re feeling that ruTestLogoBlackefreshed, there is a lot we’re launching this month.

Here’s a look at a bunch of programs just kicking off this week here at uTest.

A.C.E. Testing Mentoring Program Returns

We’re proud to announce that our A.C.E. (Assisted Continuing Education) software testing mentoring program is returning for 2015!

You may remember that the program was launched to help testers, whether beginners to software testing or in need of a refresher on core concepts, build a solid foundation of testing education to help achieve professional success and grow in their testing careers. This is achieved through various course modules, each geared to the software testing professional at various stages of his or her career.

We’re currently crowdsourcing which courses you want to see next as part of the program, so voice your opinion today.

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uTest Announces Winner of QA Career Advice Contest

As you may remember, we kicked off a contest last month via the uTest Forums in search of your best software QA and software testing career advice. We enlisted the help of guest judge Rob Lambert, Engineering Manager and author of the book “Remaining Relevant,” to award a $250 cash prize to the best entry. Rob had the fun-but-arduous task of reviewing all of the entries submitted by our global community of uTesters. Winner stamp

I’m happy to announce the winner of our QA/Software Testing Career Advice contest is Jennifer Kitzmann, who authored Four Tips for QA Career Success. Rob chose this winning entry because “the answers were based on working out what your goals and expectations were rather than just what technique or test approach to employ. I liked it a lot, and I believe people new to testing would benefit from understanding these ideas and then going away and working out how to put them in to daily practice,” he said.

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The Best of 2014: Top Posts from the uTest Blog

It’s the beginning of a new year.

Amidst all of the celebration leading into 2015, we pause to reflect Best-of-2014-graphicall the stories and personalities that most shaped and influenced the uTest Blog in 2014.

It was already a big year for the uTest Blog in general — you may remember it was reborn in May of 2014 (along with uTest as the ‘LinkedIn’ for testers) into a single hub for everything QA and testing.

So you don’t have to dig around yourself, we’ve done all the digging for you. From pieces on a most-controversial testing standard to Selenium at 10 years old, here’s some of the articles that most resonated with uTesters and out in the social sphere.

Authors in Testing

A new series launched this year featured Q&As with major personalities from the testing world, along with exclusive discounts and excerpts from testing books they’ve authored. From Lisa Crispin to Dorothy Graham, check out some of these interviews from our ‘Authors in Testing’ series:

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What’s On Testers’ Holiday Wishlists?

The holidays are here, and you know what that means. Plenty of forced conversations with extended family and awkward exchanges with that one aHoliday-Wish-List-21unt that always has a little too much spiked egg nog. But the holidays don’t have to be quite so frightful (unlike the weather outside). In fact, they are a joyous and festive time for many people — especially our testing community.

On that note, our uTesters recently discussed some of the tech gifts on their wishlists this holiday season. Here’s our community, in their own words on what’s on these lists:

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uTest Debuts Projects Board, New Profile Design

As we outlined in our Town Hall Meetings last week, we’ve been busy making some big improvements on the uTest site and we’re happy to tell you about the recent enhancements we rolled out this week.

Paid Projects Board

uTesters may be familiar with using the uTest Forums for finding active Paid Projects that have unique requirements. We debuted the Projects Board to streamline the search and application process, and to easily call out which projects are most urgent.

  • Featured Listings will appear at the top of the main page. These projects have urgent deadlines or have very unique requirements.
  • Project Dates are an estimation of the start and end dates of the project. As you know, test cycle dates can slip for a variety of reasons, but the start/end dates are meant to give you an idea of when a project will run.
  • Tags are visible on each listing and can be used to further search for listings with that same tag.

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New uTest Platform Features: Bug Reporting and Communication Enhancements

“Quality is not an act — it’s a habit.”

-Aristotle

New Features: +1

The nature of uTest testing is such that the tester who files a bug report first receives the credit. This can be frustrating for testers who invest the time to find a bug only to see that it has been previously reported, but on a different environment. While the tester who files the bug first will continue to receive the credit, we want to increase the collaborative nature of the testing experience and allow testers to +1 another’s bug report.

We are pleased to announce that today we released a +1 Feature to the uTest Platform for testers on paid projects. This feature allows testers to confirm the reports of others by selecting one or multiple environments on which they reproduced the issue. They can also enter an optional comment with clarifications.

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New uTest Platform Features Focus on Efficiency and Performance

The holidays are upon us, but we here at uTest aren’t kicking back and relaxing. My colleagues and I have been hard at work building new features that focus on efficiency, and also optimizing existing features to improve performance. Here’s what was deployed today.

Tester – More Payment Statistics

The uTest Community is a great social network to connect to other testers, but at the same time a great place for professional testers to earn additional income. Given that we have many testers and Test Team Leads working for uTest full-time, we want to provide better insight into their earnings — vital for any freelancer. Therefore, we have added an Average Monthly Earnings statistic to the payments view:

You will be able to see how much money you earned per month in the current year as well as in the past, giving you better insight into your actual income generated at uTest.

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