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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Auditing and Software Testing: What’s the Connection?

The following is a guest submission to the uTest Blog from Sanjay Zalavadia of Zephyr.clipboard

Proper software testing and quality assurance requires more than just versatile, reliable tools. Stakeholders must also ensure that team members are interacting well, making relevant contributions and working toward predefined testing metrics.

How software auditing and testing complement each other

Fortunately, there’s a lot of overlap between having a sound technical solution and a good software audit process. The two essentially have a complementary relationship:

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Top Tweets From TestBash 2015

Each year, Ministry of Testing throws the leading software testing conference within the UK, and the 2015 edition sure looked like a great time once again from across the pond, with lively sessions from testers including Michael Bolton, Stephen Janaway and Matthew Heusser.

Here’s some of our personal favorite Tweets from TestBash last Friday:

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Facebook Embraces Developers and App Monetization at F8

On Wednesday, Facebook held its annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco, where they announced a number of new innovations and updates to their current offerings.

If it wasn’t already clear from their spate of acquisitions (Instagram, WhatsA10323555_10101141198471157_883645609_opp) and novel products (Facebook at Work), this conference reinforced the notion that Facebook wants to be seen as a holistic suite of apps. Below are some of the biggest announcements from F8.

Facebook Messenger will be opened up to developers

Facebook revealed that it has paid out over $8 billion to developers using its platform over the past five years. In a move that will surely please the above-mentioned developer community, Facebook announced that they will open up their Messenger platform for the creation of new apps and functionalities. This move should give the 600 million monthly active Messenger users some new toys to play with.

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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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Software Testing With a Spoon (And Other Interesting Interview Topics)

indexFrequent uTest contributor Daniel Knott recently penned a nice piece on ‘how to test a spoon.‘ It was a question used during a software testing job interview that Daniel stumbled upon.

OK, so you’re probably asking — why in the heck would I test a spoon in the first place? But if you’re asking this question according to Knott, you’re just in the wrong mindset when this curveball is thrown your way.

Knott argues that it’s less about the process of actually breaking the spoon, and more about the thoughts the question elicits:

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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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Top Tweets From James Bach’s uTest Twitter Chat

Last week @uTest hosted a Twitter Chat with the one-and-only James Bach — Context-Driven Testing champion and disruptor of the software testing industry for over 25 years. James was gracious enough to donate his fee for the session to Per Scholas, which is currently in the midst of bringing 150 software testing jobs to underserved communities in The Bronx.

During the one-hour chat, we threw a lot of questions James’ way, all sourced from our uTesters. There were also a lot of spontaneous great discussions that arose organically out of the discussion points.

Here are some of the top tweets and discussions that took place over the one-hour chat with James and participants. You can also check out the whole conversation on Twitter at #uTestBach.

On what defines ‘real’ testers:

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