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Which Apps Do You Use Most? A Chat With Lucas Dargis

Lucas has been a tester in our community for a while, and more recently has taken a role as an Enterprise Project Manager for Applause. Because we value his opinion so highly, we thought we would ask him about which apps he facehas on his home screen:

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Lucas Dargis is an Enterprise Project Manager for Applause. When he’s not replacing the cheese in the mouse traps in the basement he enjoys eating the cheese in the mouse traps in the basement.
Messages – This is a cool app that I just got last week. I mostly use it to communicate with outer space and my mom.

USA Today – I’m a news junkie, and this is my go-to news app. Here I can keep up with the the politics in Czechoslovakia (they make the best hockey pucks) as well as the latest in llama fashion trends and carnivorous dinosaurs.
Photos – Where I store all my pictures of “cats in boxes”. Also I have a few pictures of some short people that look a lot like me, but I never can remember their names.
Camera – I have this humanitarian goal of being the person with the most selfies so this app gets A LOT of use.
Skype – I really like the “bloooop” sound when I get a message.

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Top Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of August 24

utestLogoGooglePlus250x250As the summer sadly draws to a close, shake yourself out of your back-to-school blues with some cool new projects from uTest: This weeks in-demand projects include an education usability survey, a streaming service speed test, and a cycle for people with accounting domain knowledge.

For the week of August 24, 2015, here’s 8 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

Not yet a uTester? Sign up today to gain access to opportunities to work on paid testing projects like these, free training, the latest software testing news, and networking with over 175,000 testing pros. Join now.

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Meet the uTesters: John Schultz

john schultzJohn Schultz has been performing software testing for 20 years in various
domains. He is currently a quality assurance analyst at a mortgage company
focusing on the VA home loan that serves veterans and service members.

uTest: What drew you into testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

John: My first “real” job after graduating from college was working the phones as tech support for a local (but major, in our niche) software publisher.  I was feeling some burnout after about a year on the phones and took a QA role in our R&D department.  I haven’t looked back since!  I love interacting with developers and the other folks necessary to build quality software.

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uTest Platform Updates for August 12th, 2015

Each week, the Community Management team will provide updates on platform changes and bug fixes that are either upcoming or ready to be deployed. Here are the platform updates for the week of August 10th, 2015.

  1. Enhancing “+1s” (Issue Confirmation)

The “+1” feature allows you to indicate that you also encountered a bug if it has already been filed by another uTester. +1s help our customers understand how prevalent an issue may be on various devices/OS/browser combinations. We have updated this feature to allow you to provide one screenshot per bug and additional comments. Additionally, you can now view and edit an existing +1.

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Top Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of August 10

As we enter the dog days of summer, tester participation tends to slow down a little. Despite this, we continue to utestLogoGooglePlus250x250receive a high number of projects and requests from our customers, all of which we could use your help on! This weeks in-demand projects cut across a wide array of categories and testing types, from UX testing, to functional testing for wearables, to payment validation.

For the week of August 10, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

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uTest Platform Updates for August 5th, 2015

Each week, the Community Management team will provide updates on platform changes and bug fixes that are either upcoming or ready to be deployed. Here are the platform updates for the week of August 5th, 2015.

  1.       Ratings Algorithm Update

As many of you know, we roll out refinements to the ratings algorithm several times per year. This weeks also includes a fix for an issue that was limiting the upward movement of a limited number of testers’ ratings for the past couple months. Thanks to a fix from our engineering team, we will see all the testers affected receive the credit they earned during this time. Updates will be reflected on August 6th and we have already reached out to those affected by this issue with more information.

  1.       Tester Scorecard Improvements

The tester scorecard allows you compare your performance within a test cycle. Calculation of your rank is based on a simple point system. This point system has been updated to reflect that “works as designed” (WAD) rejections have no negative rating impact (but also no positive effects) and that “Did not follow instructions” (DFNI) rejections have a double negative impact (see image below for new view).

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  1.       Bugs set to TTL Recommendation instead of System Chron

We have updated the way bugs are valued when a cycle closes before bugs are officially valued. Previously, bugs not resolved by the time a test cycle closed were set to either Rejection or Approval, but with no explanation as to the value tier. This new change will value the bugs as what the TTL (Test Team Lead) suggested during their initial overview. This means no more ambiguous approval or rejection reasons, as well as more fairly valued (and paid) bugs.

These platform updates will make it easier for you to gauge your performance in uTest cycles as well as provide fair value for your hard work.

In the works:

Here are some examples of ideas, in no particular order, that we’re discussing internally for future feature cycles:

  • Test Case Slotting – we’ve heard the feedback loud and clear, Google Docs are amazing but not when it comes to claiming a test case slot for a cycle. CM and Engineering are working together to determine possible alternatives, costs, and implementation times.
  • Updating Invitation Emails – see our forums post on for ideas on how we could make email invitations more helpful for testers.
  • Adding Certifications to the Profile – Whether you love them or hate them, we’d like you to be able to share those you have in your profile.
  • Updating “cycle is full” error alerts – Today’s message is confusing, especially for new testers. This would involve a minor overhaul to the messaging testers receive when they stumble across a cycle that’s already full.
  • Rapid Delivery – Customers have asked for smaller projects with quick turnaround times, this feature would allow testers who are online and logged into the Platform to see “live” projects that are running. Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing more about this beta program in the next couple weeks.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Use the comments below to share your thoughts! You can also join the discussion in our Forums here.

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Top Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of July 6

After a nice long weekend celebrating our country’s independence (July 4th for all you non-Americans out there), we over at uTest are ready to start the quarter right and crank out some test cyclesutestLogoGooglePlus250x250 for our loyal testing community. This weeks in-demand projects feature a number of streaming and mobile wallet testing opportunities, as well as some cycles specifically for testers with certain language proficiencies.

For the week of July 6, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

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Top Five Highest-Rated Software Testing Tools at uTest

Testing ToolsSoftware testing tools will never replace the job of a tester and don’t have the heart and creativity that testers bring to the table when conducting exploratory testing. That being said, without a tried and ‘tested’ toolkit at their disposal, testers would arguably be ill-equipped to get their jobs done as effectively as they do.

For those that may be uninitiated, uTest offers a comprehensive library dedicated to some of these latest Software Testing Tools — designed to make testers’ lives easier.

Here are five of the highest-rated testing tools amongst our uTesters.

JMeter

Arguably the de-facto tool in its class of testing, Apache JMeter is open source software designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance, and it’s garnered an average perfect rating of five stars in our community. Reviews from uTesters have stressed its simplicity and a rich set of third-party plugins available for integration.

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Announcing Our Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q2 2015!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the voting for this quarter’s awards.badgeTesterOfQuarter

We started this quarterly recognition program to give credit to members of our community who have excelled in their roles, and more importantly, added value to other members through the consistency and quality of their work. As we come to the conclusion of this quarter, we are passing out awards for Outstanding Forums Contributors, Outstanding Content Contributors, Outstanding TTLs, Outstanding Testers(TTLs vote), and Up and Comers (TTLs vote).

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 Q2 2015 Testers of the Quarter at uTest: Continue Reading →

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uTest Announces Tester of the Quarter for Q2 2015

As Q2 winds down in 2015, we once again look to our community of testers to nominate their peers for Tester of thebadgeTesterOfQuarter Quarter Awards. As we kick off the nominations, I am excited to see some of our best and brightest testers get the recognition the deserve.

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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My Time at uTest: What I Learned About Software Testers

Prior to joining the uTest Community Management team in June of 2013, I had experience in the technical realm with otuTestLogoBlackher companies in areas including network management, but software testing was a whole new beast to me.

Thanks to meeting some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with in our testing community, I quickly embraced the art of testing. Here’s a few things that I found out about testers during my time at uTest.

They are an observant bunch

I remember my first week in the uTest Forums very well. I introduced myself. People welcomed me with open arms. It was great. Then I said it was a pleasure getting to know more about QA. That didn’t go over so well with one of our testers who kindly pointed out that they weren’t in the business of QA — they were a tester!

If this all sounds negative — it’s far from the case. Just like software testers push clients to make their products better everyday with their critical feedback, they too made me a better Community Manager by pushing me everyday to do better.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of June 15

This week at uTest, our projects certainly give ‘in-the-wild’ testing its namesake. Opportunities for our community range from exploratoryutestLogoGooglePlus250x250 testing for a major restaurant chain to testing for folks with security systems in their homes.

For the week of June 15, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

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