Announcing the 2014 uTest Summer Bug Battle Champions

We’re proud and excited to crown the champions of the 2014 Summer Bug Battle, uTest’s first in almost four years.Marty3

If you’ll remember, in this recent edition of the uTest Bug Battle, testers were asked to submit the most impactful Desktop, Web and Mobile bugs from testing tools contained on our Tool Reviews site. After two weeks of heated competition, our Test Team Leads chose the top 10 most impactful finalists from the bunch, and the Community spoke by voting on their favorites from these.

Here’s who YOU, the Community, crowned as the 2014 Summer Bug Battle champions, winners of $1000 in prizes, along with their corresponding winning entries:

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Using Software Testing Metrics in an Agile Environment

Note: The following is a guest submission to the uTest Blog from Sanjay Zalavadia.software-testing-company-1234

Agile QA teams should use specialized software testing metrics to make sure they’re on the right track.

Software testing metrics are a vital component of the quality assurance process, providing team leaders with the data needed to make informed decisions. Agile teams require their own set of specialized metrics to better track progress and ensure that they are getting the most value out of the testing methodology. One of the largest issues that organizations run into when leveraging agile is botching the implementation, typically by misusing a tactic or strategy. With the right testing metrics, QA teams making their first foray into agile can gain the oversight needed to deploy the practice in an effective manner.

Writing for Agile Atlas, veteran software engineer and lean development expert David Koontz offered several metrics that could benefit agile teams. Many of these measurements centered around sprints, giving QA leaders insight into the effectiveness of these testing processes.

For instance, test teams can use software testing metrics to track both the projected capacity and capability of upcoming sprints. Such insight will help businesses address one of the most common problems associated with agile methods: sprint mismanagement. Teams that are still getting acquainted with agile may wind up underestimating how long forthcoming sprints will last, resulting in longer-than-anticipated production schedules. By gathering data and laying out an accurate timeframe for test sprints, QA leaders can avoid running into costly release delays.

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Highlights From the CAST 2014 Testing Conference in NYC

Co-Chair Keith Klain of Doran Jones, a software testing consulting company, kicked things off in rousing fashion this past Tuesday, announcing that the 9th Annual eIMG_3763dition of the CAST conference was sold out. From there? The festivities officially started with a lively keynote from James Bach (are they ever not lively with him?).

CAST 2014 was held at the Kimmel Center at New York University (NYU), just outside the confines of beautiful Washington Square Park in lower Manhattan. What separates CAST from other testing conferences are the lively discussions and the varying viewpoints. With other testing shows, you may hear a speaker give a one-sided discussion with an agenda to promote his or her product — at CAST, you’re getting varied viewpoints that can actively be challenged and refuted by the audience.

The star of CAST is the ‘Open Season’ at the end of each speaker’s session — testers can hold up various color-coded cards which signal either a ‘new’ thread for discussion points, or replies to some of the threads that were already started. Questions were fielded both from the in-person audience and online viewers throughout the course of the conference.

The ‘Hits’ From CAST

A couple of the biggest hits from CAST came from Day 1. James Bach’s keynote led off Tuesday’s slate with a lively discussion that preIMG_3784ached the quintessential underlying theme of the show — that testers have to have that ‘thinking’ part — otherwise, they are nothing but bodies checking off boxes, running test cases. And that ain’t testing.

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The uTest Interviews From CAST 2014

For those that weren’t able to make this year’s 9th Annual Conference of the Assocation for Software Testing (CAST 2014), or follow along with our live coverage, we’ve compiled all of our interviews from over the course of the week at the show.

uTest was on hand to live tweet the event, as well as sit down in between sessions for informal chats with major personalities from the New York City testing conference. These chats included everything from what separates CAST from other testing shows, to what testers can do to better improve their relationships with developers.

Be sure to stop by this weekend to the uTest Blog as well, as we conclude our CAST 2014 coverage with a full recap and thoughts on the show. In the meantime, here are some of the interviews from New York:

Interview with Hilary Weaver:

Interview with Jessica Nickel:

Interview with Michael Larsen:

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Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Michael Larsen

The last of our interviews live from CAST 2014 was with one of the figures from the organization responsible for bringing everyone together in NYC this week — the Association for Software Testing (AST).

Michael Larsen is a software tester from the San Francisco Bay Area, and is on the Board of Directors for the AST. Michael also co-led a session earlier this week at the conference. We learn from him a little bit about what sets CAST apart from other testing shows, and why one of the biggest problems in testing today is the de-emphasis of critical thinking.

Design Your Ideal Testing Tool, A New Contest for uTesters

On the heels of a successful Bug Battle contest, we are launching another contest exclusively for uTesters called the Ideal Tool Contest. If you’ve ever wished for testing tools with more features or better integration options, now is your chance to design the perfect testing tool that the world has never seen before!

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The Ideal Tool Contest is a competition for testers – either individuals or teams – to design their ideal browser-based, manual functional testing tool.

How do you participate? First, decide if you want to compete independently or together with a team to win the $1,000 grand prize. Yes, you read that correctly. One thousand dollars!

Next, gather your information and materials as noted in the Requirements section of the contest page. Then, submit your entry.

Lastly, spread the word about the contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your favorite social media site.

The contest is running now and ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, August 26th. You can find the list of key dates on the contest page. Get your entries in as soon as possible to qualify for our random drawings for uTest t-shirts.

Good luck!

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Jessica Nickel

Jessica Nickel is a Test Lead with Doran Jones, a software testing consultancy based in NYC, the host city of CAST 2014. uTest had an off-the-cuff discussion with Jessica on what sets CAST apart from other conferences and what the biggest threat to testers is today.

uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag. Check out the interview with Jessica below.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Hilary Weaver

Hilary Weaver is a QA Engineer that bills herself as a “prolific swearer.” She kindly agreed to dial it down for this uTest interview just this once.

We interviewed Hilary in between CAST 2014 sessions this morning to discuss some key takeaways from her Tuesday session on the rift between testers and developers, and what testers can do to improve the relationship. We even take time to discuss her love for Star Wars — the title of her session was a quote from the film (“He doesn’t like you! I don’t like you either!”).

uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag. Check out the interview with Hilary below, and be sure to view all of the video interviews from CAST 2014.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Martin Folkoff

Day 2, the final of CAST 2014, is just underway, and we took the opportunity to talk briefly with another CAST attendee in between sessions.

Tester Martin Folkoff hails from Washington, DC, and shares his thoughts on why CAST is exciting and why testers should bring a development mindset to the table. uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Henrik Andersson

Henrik Andersson is a context-driven testing champion and co-founder and CEO of House of Test Consulting, and is presenting at Day 2 of CAST 2014′s festivities.

While at CAST Day 1 today, we chat with Henrik regarding what brought him to CAST and get his thoughts on which qualities are most lacking in testers. Don’t forget, uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag.