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uTest Takes: Best Testing Blogs From the Week of Jan. 23

From time to time, the uTest Blog highlights some of the recent blog entries that uTesters have crafted on their own personal blogs, along with some standouts from the outside testing world.

Here are some such notables from the week of Jan. 23, 2015:

Blogs This Week from uTesters & uTest Contributors

  • Reading Recommendations #2: Continuing on last week’s theme of uTest contributor Daniel Knott’s favorite blogs of recent, he once again put together this list of 7 new blogs. They include topics in areas as diverse as expectations when speaking at conferences to designing products for wearables. One recommendation even includes a recent post from one of our own uTesters about knowing one’s testing profile.
  • Experience is Earned, Expertise is Granted: An ‘Ask the Expert’ interview we ran earlier in the week with Michael Larsen prompted this follow-up blog. It’s a great read and questions the very notion of ‘expert,’ and whether anyone can proclaim themselves as one, or if the moniker has to be imposed from the outside.

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Three Reasons Testers Should Test for Opportunities…and Not Bugs

In my opinion, the role of the tester is evolving. When I started testing in 2002, I had no conunnamedtact with the users or developers. As a result, I had a limited view of the system and what it could do. This limited view also translated into what was expected out of me. As a tester, I was supposed to find defects, and that’s what I did.

However, at least for many people, things have changed, and they have changed for good. Testers are often part of an integrated team now and their role is not limited to find defects. They help teams with whatever they can — from clarifying the requirements to streamlining the release process. Whatever it takes to deliver good-quality software, testers are expected to do that.

I believe the role of a tester is evolving from being a bug hunter to an opportunity hunter. As a tester, we hunt for opportunities that:

  1. Make products useful and usable
  2. Improve the efficiency of delivering software
  3. Increase prospects for the business

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uTest Takes: The Best Testing Blogs From the Week

We publish a lot of content here at uTest not only on our Blog (which you have the distinct pleasure of now reading), but in our Forums and uTest Universityimages as well. But there’s also a lot of great content out there that catches our eye on a daily basis.

From time to time, the uTest Blog will highlight some of the recent blog entries that uTesters have crafted on their own personal blogs, along with some standouts from the outside testing world.

Here’s some of our favorites from the most recent week.

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Olympics Fever Has Us Wondering: What Would a ‘Testing’ Olympics Look Like?

Boston2024_LogoIt was just announced yesterday that the US bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics was awarded to Boston, beating out other bids from Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Many in Boston are dreading the logistical nightmare of an Olympics built around a 1600’s era, Pilgrim-founded roadmap that confuses even people that live in Boston. However, we here at uTest have Olympics Fever from the prospect of the 2024 Games being in such close proximity to our headquarters, which got us wondering: What would a testing-themed Olympics Games consist of?

Here are a few events we proposed could actually take place during the ‘Testing Olympics’:

  • Spear-throwing for bugs: Tester-athletes would be armed with spears, chucking them at targets of bug classics, including “Heartbleed”
  • Usability Testing…With Trampolines: Testers of various strengths and sizes would put their jumping abilities to the test…along with their usability testing skills…by testing out the weight and build quality of new-to-market trampolines
  • Greco-Roman Wrestling…With Developers: Testers would be able to take out their pent-up frustrations with developers by wrestling them Greco-Roman-style for Gold and glory

Which event would you want to see most at an Olympics comprised of tester-athletes?

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Why Testers’ Bug Reports May Be Costing Them

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

If QA teams don’t make the most of their reporting efforts, they will squander a golden opportunity to enhance the quality of their software development practices.

The reporting phase of the software testing process is one of the most important aspects of quality assurance and testing. Identifying critical bugs, defects and performance issues will not provide much value to the development team if there isn’t sufficient documentation outlining what the flaw is and how it can be reproduced. By taking a lax approach to reporting, QA teams will hinder their own testing efforts, costing the organization time and money.

Simply reporting on test results and discovered bugs isn’t enough. Software testers need to ensure that they are making the most of these efforts and providing actionable information to developers and other team members. Nothing is more frustrating to a QA expert than receiving a bug report that offers little insight into the nature of the flaw or how one can go about recreating it.

Software Testing Fundamentals explained that one of the most important criteria for effectively reporting flaws is to be specific and detailed.

“Provide more information (not less),” according to the publication. “In other words, do not be lazy. Developers may or may not use all the information you provide but they sure do not want to beg you for any information you have missed.”

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What’s On Testers’ Holiday Wishlists?

The holidays are here, and you know what that means. Plenty of forced conversations with extended family and awkward exchanges with that one aHoliday-Wish-List-21unt that always has a little too much spiked egg nog. But the holidays don’t have to be quite so frightful (unlike the weather outside). In fact, they are a joyous and festive time for many people — especially our testing community.

On that note, our uTesters recently discussed some of the tech gifts on their wishlists this holiday season. Here’s our community, in their own words on what’s on these lists:

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Give Back to the Developers This Holiday Season: Test Open Source

We here at the uTest Blog have long been a proponent of a harmonious tester-developer relationship. And according to a recent InfoWorld article, the best wlinux_penguin400ay to a dev’s heart this holiday season may be through testing their open source code.

According to the piece, “for proprietary software, the only option is to suck it up and hope your vendor will fix problems with a future release. But with open source software,” testers can actively be part of the action and “make contributions that lead to them being more effective for less effort.” This is the key to the developers’ hearts because devs on open source projects don’t have the support teams of robust enterprise players — they’re going to rely a lot on testers taking action versus complaining.

Here’s the main benefits of testing open source code this holiday season:

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Is Scripted Testing Just for the Newbie Tester?

Scripted testing naturally seems like it’s a match made in heaven just for the novice tester.Microsoft Web Test Managment Runner Hub Test Runner Anna Russo

After all, you have steps and directions clearly defined — wouldn’t the inviting structure to the scripted testing compensate for a lack of experience on the part of the tester? Not necessarily, if you ask our uTesters, whom recently approached the topic in a lively Analyze This testing debate in our uTest Forums.

Most of our community members found that while experienced testers may be spending their time creating test cases and junior testers executing them, there were several notable reasons as to why executing these important steps can’t just be left exclusively to the novice.

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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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Safety Language in Software Testing: Why It’s Not OK to Deal in Absolutes

Of course this has been tested. This is definitely working as it should be. images

How many times has a tester or developer uttered these words to only have them come back and haunt them? Or worse, lose credibility? As a tester, it seems like a no-brainer to use CYA language in your everyday work. Heck, one just has to look to prolific software tester James Bach’s recent talk at CAST to figure that out (“I’m reluctant to say ‘pass.’ I’d rather say, I don’t see a problem as far as I can tell”).

But is “safety language,” such as ‘it seems to be’ versus ‘it is,’ something that should be a part of every tester’s skillset? Gold-rated tester on paid projects and uTest Forums Moderator Milos Dedijer seems to think so. It was a discussion topic that recently cropped up in the uTest Forums:

Some time ago, I had an argument with my team lead about my use of safety language. I tend to use it in any argument, and I believe that it’s a good practice. I don’t use it in my factual reports, but I do use it frequently in my descriptive reports. For example, if I say that a set of steps has been executed I don’t use safety language to report results, but if I say that a certain feature has been tested I use safety language almost all of the time. Using safety language to preserve uncertainty appears to be one of the skills a tester must have.

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uTest Announces New Software Testing Career Mentoring Program

mentoringACEing your work as a software tester just got a little easier.

uTest is proud to introduce the beta version of A.C.E. (Assisted Continuing Education), a new software testing career mentoring initiative beginning November 1. The program will be available to all members of the uTest Community.

The mentoring program is designed to help software testers build a solid foundation of testing education. By honing these essential skills, participants will be well-equipped to grow their testing careers and strive for professional success on many levels. This will be achieved through participation in various course modules, each geared to the software testing professional at various stages of his or her career.

At the November 1 beta launch of the program, A.C.E. will offer the first two modules of the program, How to find valuable bugs and How to write great bug reports. Testers will have the option of signing up for one (or both) of the course modules.

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New Testing Tool Tutorials at uTest University

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your suite of testing tools. Some tools may excel at one specific task, while others perform at an average level for more than one testing task.

A few months ago, we launched the Tool Reviews section of our site to let members of the uTest community rate and review the best testing tools. The community has responded by easily singling out the most popular and highest rated testing tools. logos

Over at uTest University, we’ve recently published new tutorials for some of the most requested tools in order to help testers set up these tools to use for testing. These tutorials are designed to be quick, easy to follow, and to get you up-and-running in no time.

Check My Links is a browser extension developed primarily for web designers, developers and content editors. The extension quickly finds all the links on a web page, and checks each one for you. It highlights which ones are valid and which ones are broken. You can learn how to set up and use Check My Links for testing using this new tutorial.

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