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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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uTest Announces Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q1 2015

uTest is proud to announce the first 2015 Testers of the Quarter for Q1!badgeTesterOfQuarter

Our quarterly community recognition program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community. Testers recently concluded voting for their peers and mentors, recognizing their dedication and quality work in various facets of uTest participation including test cycle performance, course writing and blogging, and Forums participation.

In addition to the winners below, you can also view their names now in our uTest Hall of Fame. Without further ado, here are the Q1 2015 Testers of the Quarter at uTest:

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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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uTest Announces Tester of the Quarter for Q1 2015

uTest is once again happy to announce our popular community recognition program, Tester of the Quarter, is back for Q1 badgeTesterOfQuarterof 2015.

This quarterly program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community. This one’s unique in that it puts the power of nominations directly in the hands of our testing community.

Testers can recognize their peers’ dedication and great work in various facets of their participation at uTest — from memorable and helpful content submitted to uTest University or the Blog, to test cycle participation — and recognize mentors who have helped them along their testing journey on paid projects at uTest.

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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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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest

With access to paid testing projects from companies all over the world, uTestLogoBlackour global community of over 150,000 testers have the ability to put their software testing expertise to use and earn some extra income on the side.

Some of the companies our uTesters work with include the hottest brands in tech and retail, from Google to Netflix, all the way down to fast-growing startups.

Here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community. Be sure to also check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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uTest Platform Updates Focus on Bug Reports

[Testers] require the effective integration of technologies to simplify their workflow and boost efficiency.

- Anne M. Mulcahy

uTesters on paid projects: We’re happy to announce some new uTest Platform functionality, with this week’s release, that enhances the bug reporting experience.

Save Your Bug Reports

It’s now easier than ever to create and save your bug templates. You may remember that in the previous release, we added a field that allowed you to configure a custom bug report template. We’ve simplified this process by allowing you to save the bug report you entered as your bug report template by adding a “Save as Template” button in the lower right-hand corner of the bug report form.

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Registration is Now Open for uTest’s ‘Introduction to Android Testing’ Webinar

androiduTest University is happy to announce that registration is now open for our next live webinar opportunity.

Hot on the heels of the recent Introduction to Security Testing and Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT) webinars, uTest University is offering a chance for testers to get familiar with Android testing. The webinar is taught by Iwona Pekala, a Gold-rated uTester and frequent contributor to the uTest Forums.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Prepare your mobile device and PC for testing
  • Install applications
  • Record videos and take screenshots
  • Collect logs
  • Get information about the types of crashes

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uTest Announces the 2014 uTester of the Year Awards

uTester of the YrYou may recall that 2014 was a landmark year for our 6 1/2-year-old community. The uTest brand lived on in a big way: We transformed our community into the professional network for testers, an open community that promotes and advance the testing profession, and the people who do this vital work.

And no doubt, it was these same people, our uTesters, that were the heart and soul of this transformation through their continued hard work on paid projects and in contributing valuable learning content for our testers. So it makes the uTest Community Management team especially proud to announce the brightest stars of this bunch as our 6th Annual uTesters of the Year.

The uTester of the Year Awards are the highest distinction a uTester can receive. They celebrate community members that not only have gone above and beyond in their call of duty on paid projects at uTest, but have contributed valuable and impacful content for our testers in the uTest Forums and uTest University, and on the uTest Blog.

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Test Your Knowledge With uTest University Quizzes

KEEP-CALM-2-borderToday, uTest University launched the beta of the “Test Your Knowledge” feature on select courses. You can now take an optional quiz at the end of a course to see if you understood the information presented. Your score can be emailed to you, and you can choose to share your quiz results on social media so that other uTesters can see how you did!

The first two courses in the beta quiz program are Accessibility Testing 101 Tutorial: Finding Color Contrast Ratios and What is White Hat vs. Black Hat Security Testing?

In the Accessibility Testing 101 Tutorial, expert Helen Burge explains the concept of color contrast ratios, why it’s important and how to determine the color contrast ratio on a web page. At the conclusion of the short video, a five-question quiz tests to see if you learned the information.

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Community Choice Announced Ahead of the 2014 uTester of the Year Awards

uTestLogoBlackAs a lead-in to next week’s prestigious 6th Annual uTester of the Year Awards, we are happy to announce the winner of the only uTester-sourced category of these awards, Community Choice.

This category was launched in conjunction with the 2013 edition of the ceremonies as a way to get community members involved in the voting mix, and this year was no different. Voting concluded just last week in this very special category, and we are proud to announce the community’s choice for this category of uTester of the Year:

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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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