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Calling All ♀esters

Here at uTest, we strive to have a variety of testers that can provide our customers with an in-depth and well-rounded report. We encourage testers of any demographic to join our community. women testing

However, only 27% of our community has indicated that they are female. This is a rather disappointing statistic, as the female testers we do have, have contributed very valuable material to us.

There are many challenges unique to female testers. The genetic differences that may allow gender to affect testing are mostly irrelevant to us. What is relevant is a job well-done. However, we do run test cycles where customers specifically request female testers.

We have had some really cool opportunities with wearables and other devices that have been exclusively female. As we grow, we will continue to post projects like these where female testers can get their chance to shine.

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Camera Maker Leica Needs a Software Tester (Or Two!)


The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera. (Photo courtesy of Leica.)

Camera manufacturer Leica recently announced that the photo files from their new camera shipping this month are completely incompatible with Apple’s Photos App in Mac OS X Yosemite “causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library.”

The product advisory for the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) continues, “With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost.” Continue Reading →

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Software Testing Industry to be Valued at $71 Billion by 2018

Mobile-AppsApple is releasing its polarizing-yet-hotly-anticipated Apple Watch this week amongst much fanfare, and just capped off a couple of quarters with its most successful iPhone sales ever. The just-released Galaxy S6 was labeled the best Android phone of all time, and will likely sell like hotcakes, along with its S6 Edge counterpart.

On the apps side, where these devices truly shine, you’ve got Snapchat valued at $15 billion. And this is a business model that has only started to generate any revenue.

Is it any wonder, then, that by 2018, the global software testing industry will be valued at nearly $71 billion?

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The Deep, Dark Fears of a Software Tester

Indiana Jones’ fear is snakes. For Superman, he is powerless in the face of Kryponite. For me, spiders are an unpleasant monstersincexperience. Our uTest community is a pretty cool, collected bunch, so it would be hard to imagine them being scared of anything.

But uTester Marek Langhans approached our community members with this exact question recently in our Forums, and surprisingly, there were a few things that surfaced keeping our testers up at night.


As some organizations move their in-house testing teams to cheaper offshore services, job security for software testers is perennially a concern.  Said one uTester simply enough as to what they fear — ‘the time when my company goes for outsourced testing.’

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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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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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Register Now for uTest’s ‘How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs’ Webinar

The next live webinar session from uTest University is now open for registration. Join uTest Test Team Leads (TTLs) for a discussion about highly valuable bugs – what they are, traits of these bugs and how to find them – in this “How to Find Highly Valuable Bugs” webinar. magnifying-glass

Participants in the webinar will learn:

  • What is a highly valuable bug?
  • What does a highly valuable bug mean?
  • What are the traits of a highly valuable bug?
  • What if my highly valuable bug is not approved?

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Registration is Now Open for uTest’s ‘Introduction to Android Testing’ Webinar

androiduTest University is happy to announce that registration is now open for our next live webinar opportunity.

Hot on the heels of the recent Introduction to Security Testing and Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT) webinars, uTest University is offering a chance for testers to get familiar with Android testing. The webinar is taught by Iwona Pekala, a Gold-rated uTester and frequent contributor to the uTest Forums.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Prepare your mobile device and PC for testing
  • Install applications
  • Record videos and take screenshots
  • Collect logs
  • Get information about the types of crashes

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Test Your Knowledge With uTest University Quizzes

KEEP-CALM-2-borderToday, uTest University launched the beta of the “Test Your Knowledge” feature on select courses. You can now take an optional quiz at the end of a course to see if you understood the information presented. Your score can be emailed to you, and you can choose to share your quiz results on social media so that other uTesters can see how you did!

The first two courses in the beta quiz program are Accessibility Testing 101 Tutorial: Finding Color Contrast Ratios and What is White Hat vs. Black Hat Security Testing?

In the Accessibility Testing 101 Tutorial, expert Helen Burge explains the concept of color contrast ratios, why it’s important and how to determine the color contrast ratio on a web page. At the conclusion of the short video, a five-question quiz tests to see if you learned the information.

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uTest Announces Behavior-Driven Testing Webinar with Anand Bagmar

webinaruTest is excited to announce another live webinar opportunity. Registration is now open for the webinar Build the “right” regression suite using Behavior-Driven Testing (BDT), with Anand Bagmar. In this webinar, participants can learn:

  • How to build a good and valuable regression suite for the product under test
  • Different styles of identifying / writing scenarios that will validate the expected business functionality
  • Automating tests identified using the BDT approach will automate your business functionality
  • Advantages of identifying regression tests using the BDT approach

Anand is a familiar guest blogger on the uTest Blog. His recent post Selenium: 10 Years Later and Still Going Strong takes a look at the ecosystem that Selenium has nurtured over the past decade.

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