uTest Announces Winning Testers of the Quarter for Q4 2014

Marty3After a very successful initial launch earlier in the year, uTest is proud to announce the Testers of the Quarter for Q4 2014 in the community.

If you’ll remember correctly, this quarterly 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.

In addition to the callouts below, you can also view their names now in our eternal uTest Hall of Fame, which also includes all past uTest award-winners from 2009 and beyond:

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uTest’s Rising Stars for December 2014

uTest is proud to introduce our monthly “Rising Stars”! star

Our goal each month is to recognize uTesters that have joined our community in the past two months and have shown that they are on their way to becoming testing rock stars.

We looked at how uTesters performed in test cycles and how they engage with the community when we considered potential candidates. Here are a few of the items we factored in:

  • How often did you participate in cycles that you accept?
  • What is the quality of your submitted work? (See our uTest University course for more details)
  • How efficiently did you complete your projects?
  • What was your interaction level on the various uTest domains (Forums, University, Events, Tools)?

All newly registered uTesters who have a Proven or lower Functional testing rating on paid projects are eligible for this recognition.

Without further ado, here are December’s Rising Stars:

Please help us in congratulating our awesome new uTesters, and be sure to stop by and say hi over in the Forums.

The State of the uTesters 2014: Time Not a Luxury, But Testers Feel Valued

uTest recently conducted a survey within its own community for the first time, surveying uTesters on what motivates them, their testing aspirations, their views on certifications as a whole, and some of the biggest pain points in their organizations.little-u

The survey was not scientific and wasn’t designed to be (our corporate brand lovingly took that on earlier this year surveying the greater testing industry), but rather aimed to provide the outside world a glimpse into what makes our community tick and give uTesters insight into what drives their peers.

The survey was launched on the uTest Blog on November 7, and submissions ran for just over two weeks. There were 125 total respondents — 80 male, and 44 female — ranging from entry-level QA/testers to senior-level test analysts.

The major qualification here was that respondents not only had to be a uTester, but make their primary source of income as a software tester. Here’s the story the submissions told us.

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Join uTest for a Town Hall Meeting on December 16

Back in May, you may remember that our company rebranded to Applause and that we, the uTest team, relaunched as an open community that exists to promote and advance the software testing profession. uTest-town-hall

As Matt Johnston, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, noted in his blog post at the time, “In line with this new mission, we will build a million-member testing community. Together, we’ll create the most inclusive, informative and important brand in the lives of testers. This means much more than simply getting paid projects.”

We introduced a brand new uTest.com back then and have since introduced many other enhancements over the past six months, such as:

  • A revamped Events calendar
  • “Follow Me” capability for community members
  • Leaderboard for members with the most followers
  • uTest.com Profile improvements
  • A recommendations feature that allows fellow testers to commend each other for great work

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uTest Launches Testing Careers Content Contest

Keeping up a career in software quality assurance (QA) and software testing means a constant balance of keeping up with the latest technology, a keen attention to detail and process, and understanding how to communicate (well) with the customer and testing team. Careers

For this contest, we are looking for your best software QA and software testing career advice or tips for a chance at a $250 cash prize! Ideally, your entries will have a minimum of 600-800 words and include cited sources where necessary.

Sample topics may include the following (but we strongly encourage you to come up with your own!):

  • 5 tips to ace the interview
  • Resources to improve your testing abilities
  • 3 bad testing habits you need to break

Rob Lambert, Engineering Manager and author of the book “Remaining Relevant,” is serving as our guest judge for this contest. He will read through your entries and pick the best of the bunch.

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Learn About Mobile Testing at uTest University

Testing on a smartphone or tablet is a common occurrence as more and more developers produce mobile apps. Mobile testing is seemingly ubiquitous these days. That being said, there are always new ways to sharpen your skill set when it comes to mobile testing. mobile-testing

Whether you are new to software testing or are a veteran tester, the mobile testing course track in uTest University has something for everyone.

What are the differences between iOS and Android testing?

This course reviews the main characteristics of iOS and Android, and outlines the impact of those differences to testing. You can also learn tips and hints for testers, such as how to install an app, how to capture screen shots and video, and how to access log files.

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Meet the uTesters: James Donner

unnamedJames Donner is a Gold-rated tester on paid projects at uTest, based out of the United States. He is a professional driver, hobbyist programmer, software tester and perpetual learner. James has been interested in computer software for many years, and like many other uTesters, has a B.S. in Computer Science.

Be sure to also follow James’ profile on uTest as well so you can stay up to date with his activity in the community!

uTest: Android or iOS?

James: Wait a minute…no Windows Phone option here? I love, and keep at least one of, all three. In the past, I’ve always went with Android phones and iOS tablets. I think the iPad has always been the best tablet. I’m about to shake things up by going with a 5c as my main phone, and I’ve just ordered a Nexus 9 tablet. I really enjoy variety and testing on any/all of these devices.

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

James: I’ve always been interested in computers and especially computer software. I’ve dipped my feet into programming and published some very simple native mobile apps. I just wanted to try the other side of things and see if I liked to break things. It turns out that I do.

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uTest Announces Tester of the Quarter for Q4 2014

badgeTesterOfQuarterAfter a very successful initial launch of Tester of the Quarter a few months back, uTest is proud to announce Tester of the Quarter for Q4 of 2014.

If you’ll remember, this quarterly program exists solely to recognize and award the rock stars of our global community, and differs from uTester of the Year 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 course writing and blogging to test cycle participation, and recognize mentors who have helped them along their testing journey on paid projects at uTest.

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Meet the uTesters: Iwona Pekala

Iwona Pekala is a gold rated full-time tester on paid projects at uTest, and a uTester for over 3 years. Iwona is also currently serving as a uTest Forums moderator for the second consecutive quarter. She is a fan of computers and technology, and lives in Kraków, Poland.

Be sure to also follow Iwona’s profile on uTest as well so you can stay up to date with her activity in the community!

IwonauTest: Android or iOS?

Iwona: Android. I can customize it in more ways when compared to iOS. Additionally, apps have more abilities, there is a lot of hardware to choose from, and it takes less time to accomplish basic tasks like selecting text or tapping small buttons.

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

Iwona: I became a tester accidentally. I was looking for a summer internship for computer science students (I was thinking about becoming a programmer). The first offer I got was for the role of tester. I was about to change it, and I was transitioned to a developer role after some time. It was uTest that kept me as a tester, particularly the flexibility of work and variety of projects.

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New uTest Platform Features Emphasize Quality

Last week, uTest launched two new Platform features for uTesters on paid projects which continue to drive the needle in our continuous pursuit of quality (plus a very useful change to existing tester dashboard functionality). Here’s a recap of what is included in the latest uTest Platform release.

Bug Report Integrity

Most testers understand the role of a bug report is to provide information. However, a “good” or valuable bug report takes that a step further and provides useful and actionable information in an efficient way. As such, in addition to approving tester issues, Test Team Leads (TTLs) and Project Managers (PMs) have the ability to rate the integrity of a tester’s bug report by setting the bug report integrity to High, Unrated or Low. However, by default, all bugs will be set to Unrated.


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