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uTesters: Be Our Facebook Cover Photo

IMG_5071 You don’t have to be uTesting from a mountain or even from a hammock outdoors (although that sounds quite relaxing right now…). We want to see you as you uTest in your natural habitat…wherever that is…as part of our new weekly contest through the end of May!

By posting your best photo(s) to our Facebook page, the uTest Community Management team will select one favorite entry that will become the uTest Facebook’s cover photo for the week!

Not only will your testing scene be in all it’s glory in front of our nearly 36,000 testers that have ‘liked’ our page, you’ll also receive a uTest swag pack full of uTest gear including t-shirts, pens, and other goodies we can’t yet reveal.

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Learn How to Get Your First uTest Paid Project

little-uWith our community growing at a furious pace (and recently hitting 175,000+ software testing professionals worldwide), the Community Management Team put together some resources for new uTesters who may be getting to know the ins and outs of testing for us.

Our new course in uTest University, “How to Get Your First uTest Paid Project,” offers resources and guidelines to help you in fast-tracking the timetable to your first paid project.

Before you jump into the course, check that you have an Expanded Profile. If you’ve entered device or environment information into the Platform, then you are all set. If not, follow the instructions to expand your profile so that you are eligible for paid projects.

A highlight of the new course is a handy list of activities that can increase your odds in getting chosen for your first test cycle. Those activities include:

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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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Meet the uTesters: David Petura

David Petura hails from the Czech Republic, and is a Gold-rated tester on paid projects at uTest. He has over three years of software testing experience. 94837David is currently serving his second quarter as a uTest Forums moderator, and was recently voted by his uTest peers as one of the Q1 2015 Testers of the Quarter.

In addition to David’s interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: Android or iOS?

David: For daily usage — definitely Android. It gives so much flexibility with handling files, editing text, changing configuration, and so on. I used iOS for a few months, but had to go back to Android — I like the freedom that comes along with this OS.

Now the more interesting part for uTest — I like to test iOS more. Many could say that on Android you find more bugs, but I wouldn’t be so sure about this. There are some specific bugs on iOS which are really easy to find, and the overall quality on iOS seems a lot better than on Android, which gives me a better feeling when I test these apps.

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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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uTest Introduces Paid Software Testing Projects for Cats

article-1343294817378-1434c36b000005dc-532529_466x310uTest is excited to announce the next evolution of our in-the-wild testing opportunities for our community of 175,000+ testing professionals — felines will now be able to participate in paid projects at uTest.

These new testing opportunities are in direct response to a growing need for the animal as an important part of the software testing process.

“The Community Management team has seen an increased uptick in customer requests to test apps that cats use on a daily basis,” said Jessica Fleet, Senior Community Manager at uTest. “Because of this, being the leader already in the space with over 175,000+ software testing professionals, it’s a natural progression for uTest to add to this growing demand by introducing a new demographic into our testing services.”

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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 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of March 31

As we speak, our 175,000+ uTesters are busy working with some of the hottest startup, SMB and enterprise customers from around the world in a variety of sectors. uTestLogoBlack

For the week of March 31, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community. Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our revamped Projects Board.

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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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