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Testing to Break: Tesla Model X Testing Autopilot

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 15:00

2014-tesla-model-x-3-429-photo-441419-s-originalThe 2014 SyScan conference already ushered in a new era of testing by offering a $10,000 bounty for any tester who was able to remotely access a Tesla Model S’ automobile operating system.

This latest Tesla testing escapade makes that one seem like child’s play.

According to Gas2, as the Tesla Model X nears its debut, a “spy video shows a test driver purposely trying to crash a Model X test mule, no doubt putting the next-gen Autopilot system through its paces.”

The online publication also recently reported that the autopilot software for the Model S was also tested by Tesla — software that would allow that car to drive itself from San Francisco to Seattle almost entirely hands-free.

Although self-driving cars are becoming all the rage, at this early juncture with the autopilot Teslas and self-driving Google cars of the world, I’d recommend testers ‘test to break’ on their mobile devices for now…and not in an autopiloted Tesla.

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uTest Tester Platform: TTL and App Updates for April 23, 2015

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 17:18

uTest Test Team Leads (TTLs) provide an invaluable service to Applause Project Managers (PMs) and customers. As such, it is important we ensure that TTLs are able to conduct their work in an efficient and effective way. This week’s Platform Updates are focused around TTL workflows and productivity enablement.

TTL: Mandatory value tier suggestions and rejection reasons

Part of the TTL’s role is to minimize overhead for Applause customers. This is especially true when performing bug triage. Previously, TTLs with Basic privileges could only suggest value tiers and rejection reasons when setting bugs to ‘Pending.’

Going forward, value tier suggestions and rejection reasons will be mandatory fields for TTLs to complete when triaging bugs. However, the default selection for value tier is “somewhat.”

In addition to these being mandatory fields, the Platform will now highlight the matching approval option in the approval dropdown on bug details for PMs and customers with a hint — “TTL suggestion.” While the customer remains in control and has the final decision to value tester findings, TTL recommendations will greatly increase visibility for customers:


Similarly, there will now be a preselected rejection reason for ‘Pending Rejection’ bugs where TTLs recommended a rejection reason:


We hope that making these changes to the way issues are triaged will improve fairness for all testers.

TTL: Customizable CSV export for bug lists

Oftentimes TTLs will need to export bugs from the uTest Platform. Going forward, TTLs will now have customizable CSV Exports. By letting the user choose which columns to export, it will reduce the need for manual cleanup of bug data:


TTL: Customizable Bug Tracking System export

In order to increase the value of bug reports exported to customers via a Bug Tracking System (BTS), we have created a predefined set of a few templates for exports that customers and PMs can select so that TTLs do not have to manually clean up bug reports that contain details customers don’t need.

This will allow them to choose which information would be part of the exported bug reports based on a few predefined templates. It’s as simple as selecting the option “minimal” from the dropdown on the BTS, and you no longer have a verbose export:


Please note, this feature is only accessible to PMs/ETTLs at this point to avoid customers misconfiguring things. As soon as we remove any potential issues with this feature, we will make this more widely available to TMs/TTLPs as well.

Tester app: Add per-test cycle earnings to test cycle list

When a tester views the test cycle screen, they will now see total earnings per test cycle. This includes bugs, bonuses, test cases and reviews.

Be sure to stop by the Forums and let us know your thoughts on these updates!

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

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:10

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?

The estimates are from a statement by the Malaysian Software Testing Board, and a recent independent report by Technavio, a technology research and advisory company under the Infiniti Research group, based out of the UK. And this estimate is nearly doubled from the US$41.84 billion valuation of the industry in 2013.

The wearables market with the Apple Watch, and yet-to-be-finalized Internet of Things technologies undoubtedly factor into the projected explosion in growth of the market. Organizations are especially weary of these new technologies as they’re totally new ecosystems of apps — the need to test on multiple devices and envrionments will be more urgent than ever with too many lingering question marks for organizations.

It’s a good time to be an app developer…and a tester.

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uTesters: Be Our Facebook Cover Photo

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:02

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.

The Rules & Timeline:

  1. Like our uTest page on Facebook (many of you have already!).
  2. Take a picture of you, or have someone take a picture of you, while you are testing with uTest (Note: Pictures cannot contain proprietary customer information and must be at least 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall)
  3. Post the photo or photos to our Facebook timeline each Friday by 9am Eastern Time. You must have a registered account with us.
  4. Check back soon after as we will be selecting one winner and making them our cover photo for the week (and contacting them for their swag pack)!
  5. We’ll be running this contest each week through May, so enter once every contest period if you’d like!

Post your photo to our Facebook timeline now!

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Mobile App Dating: Is Psychology (and Salad) the Key to True Love?

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:00

The market has seen an explosion in dating apps recently. What started out as a relatively straightforward model, in which 1363963082_1180_Datingusers fill out profiles and are subsequently either matched up with potential mates or do the filtering themselves, has rapidly evolved to include a wide array of apps with all types of spin-offs and niche products.

To illustrate this point, there is currently a mobile app in the iTunes store called SaladMatch which aims to connect users based on their salad preferences.

With this type of rapid expansion, one might assume that it would be difficult to observe any sort of meaningful trend running through all of these newcomers. As it turns out, this is not the case, as the most noticeable trend is actually rooted in a number of theories from the field of Psychology.

Generally speaking, as the number of choices a consumer is given increases, their chances of making a purchase decreases. This is rather counterintuitive, as one would expect that more options would equate to a greater likelihood of someone finding a product or decision path that matches up with their wants and needs. However, research from a number of sources has indicated that this expectation does not hold true.

In one specific example from researcher Sheena Iyengar, 30% of people who were exposed to a choice of six types of jam bought a jar, whereas only 3% of people who were exposed to 24 varieties did the same.

So what does this have to do with dating apps? It seems to be that the one observable thread tying all these new dating apps together is their focus on decreasing the amount of information presented to the user, rather than increasing it.

Like I stated above, early dating apps had users filling out and comparing lengthy profiles, some even touting the number of parameters they used when setting up a couple. After this, we began to see “swiping” apps such as Tinder, where users would make snap judgements on whether or not they liked a potential mate based on nothing more than a few pictures and a sentence or two.

Rather than narrowing the amount of information users can see about each other, some apps such as Hinge and Happn (and yes, SaladMatch) take another approach by narrowing the pool of potential mates. They do this by providing such filters as “people who are friends of your friends on Facebook,” or “people who you have crossed paths with recently” (…and yes, “people who enjoy their salad prepared the same way as you do”).

Yet another strategy some apps have taken to limit the amount of data available in the dating process is to prevent both parties from communicating prior to meeting in real life. Grouper, and more recently Rendeevoo, have both taken the approach that users will be more satisfied with their experience if they are compelled to meet in person before having the chance to complicate things by chatting through a digital messaging platform (a domain where facial expressions and vocal intonations are lost).

It seems that the recent spate of new dating apps has begun taking cues from scientific research on consumer behavior, intentionally or not. Whether this strategy pays off in the form of increased user satisfaction remains to be seen.

Which dating apps have you had a positive experience with? Which ones have you had a negative experience with? Comment below and let us know.

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The Deep, Dark Fears of a Software Tester

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 15:00

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.’

Getting Lost in Redundancies

It’s easy to miss finer details when you’re bogged down in something that’s familiar or repetitive — the mind can inevitably wander.

Said one uTester: ‘It would probably be missing critical issues while doing repetitive testing tasks (checking) due to lack of focus. So I’m afraid I’ll miss an important issue because my mind wandered off thinking about the architecture of Sega’s Duck Hunt gun instead of paying attention to what I’m doing while I’m working my way through the manual parts of regression tests.’

Coming Up Short

This was one that came up from a tester newer to software testing that likely would be quelled merely with time and experience. However, it was a valid point nonetheless of a tester that cares about getting the job done right:

‘I’m afraid of a situation where I didn’t find bugs at all. This is my biggest fear. And, if the client or even my colleagues find some, or worst, many bugs, I know I would blame myself for a while. Now I am more confident, but this fear of not being good enough stays in the corner of my head.’

These were just a few of the things that testers within the confines of uTest feared the most. Do these echo any of yours? What are your deep, dark fears as a software tester? Do you even have any? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Learn How to Get Your First uTest Paid Project

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:00

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:

  • Completing the uTest 101 quiz.
    • Taking the quiz helps you gain a better understanding of how to succeed as a uTester.
  • Completing your tester profile.
    • More information means a better chance of being matched to relevant test cycles.
  • Logging in to the uTest Platform often.
    • Recent logins show that you are an engaged member of the uTest Community.
  • Interacting in the uTest Forums.
    • The Forums is the best place to network with other uTesters and to get your questions answered.
  • Checking the uTest Projects Board.
    • The Projects Board is the best way to find out about new and upcoming projects that have unique requirements.
  • Reviewing the Weekly Digest sent to you.
    • Our weekly newsletter contains the latest uTest news and other testing opportunities.
  • Spending time in uTest University.

Read the full course for additional information about getting your first uTest paid project. Good luck and happy testing!

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The ‘On-Demand Economy’ is Transforming Commerce

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:00

uberThe term on-demand economy is garnering a lot of attention these days. It’s used to describe the burgeoning segment of companies that promise customers instant access to goods and services that historically have required a longer waiting period or more convoluted steps in order to attain.

Additionally, these companies typically employ freelance employees only, and utilize a mobile app as a means of completing transactions. A few examples of the on-demand economy in action are Instacart, a grocery delivery service, Uber, an app-powered livery service, and Handy, a home-services booking app.

Recently, a new entrant to the on-demand economy game called Magic was announced. Magic promises to be the concierge for all things delivery, as users simply send an SMS containing their order, and a Magic employee on the other end coordinates all the details.

What is so intriguing about the Magic model? After all, on-demand apps are not novel by any means. What makes Magic noteworthy is that it relies on the delivery services mentioned above (in addition to a host of others) in order to complete a user’s request. In a sense, they are an abstracted layer of an on-demand app, in that they simply relay information to a number of smaller entities.

Why is it a big deal that Magic operates as an abstraction layer for delivery apps? Generally speaking, the introduction (and necessity) of an abstraction layer heralds the popularity and success of a certain type of product. Take social media, for example: Prior to the explosive growth of Facebook and Twitter, there would be no need for social media management services such as Hootsuite or Buffer.

Or, for an even more basic illustration, take the notification center on your smartphone: Without the massive number of apps you have installed on your hard drive, there would be no use for this function.

With the introduction of more and more on-demand economy startups, it seems that both the traditional composition of a company and the traditional model of commerce are evolving.

What do you think? Have on-demand economy apps improved your life? What are some of your favorite on-demand companies? Sound off in the comments below.

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uTest and TechWell Announce Winner of STAREAST Trip

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:00

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):

Anna Momatava!

Anna hails from Columbus, Ohio and is a Gold-rated tester and Test Team Lead Premier on paid projects at uTest. She will attend STAREAST 2015 from May 3-8, thanks to her grand prize of over $5,000, which includes admission, airfare stipend, and all accommodations and meals.

In addition to her work in the uTest community, Anna is also a tester in her day job with over four years of software testing experience. She is currently a QA Analyst and software tester at IBM. In short, STAREAST will be very much right up her alley!

Here’s Anna in her own words on winning a trip to STAREAST:

“I am really grateful to all of my fellow uTesters and my friends who voted for my video — it means a lot to me! And of course I would like to say a BIG THANKS to uTest and Techwell for giving me this amazing opportunity that I am really looking forward to.

“The STAREAST program for this year looks truly impressive, and I am expecting to learn a lot of new things and improve my testing skills, especially in mobile testing and test automation.”

You can look forward to some amazing content from Anna as she will also be graciously documenting her experience at STAREAST 2015 for the uTest Blog, in videos and in words. The entire uTest community and TechWell congratulate Anna Momatava for her winning submission and wish her a wonderful and educational time at STAREAST 2015!

Here’s Anna’s winning video:

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‘Make Like a Tester’ in Your New Role

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:00

It’s not hard to find articles about recruitment and testers. Hell, I’ve even written one myself. It’s also not that hard to find material onblog_copy what test teams can do to bed their new testers in once they’ve got them, and I particularly like the way Testhead and Joep Schuurkes talk about it.

But I don’t see so many pieces aimed at testers starting a new role.

Over the last seven or so years I’ve been recruiting testers, my expectations about what I’d like them to do when they start work have changed. That’s for all sorts of reasons including that: Our needs have changed, I’ve had great suggestions from the team, I’ve seen brilliant and unexpected action by new team members and even that I have more of an idea of what I’m doing now (Yeah, even managers don’t always know everything. Who’d have guessed?).

So, here’s some of the stuff I say at the moment to my new hires. As always with testing, there are few, if any, absolutes: What works for one person in one context at one time might not work well for others in others at others.

You’ll notice that some of the suggestions overlap and some are in tension. The context arguments apply to you, too — your context will differ day to day, and so the actions you take should differ, too. Keep that in mind. I certainly do.

Make Like a Newlywed

These first few months are the honeymoon period. Right now, pretty much everyone – even the grumpy old-timer who knows how the automation works – will be prepared to cut you some slack.

You’re a tester, so you’ll have lots questions. Take advantage of your newness to feel less inhibited about asking your questions whenever the opportunity arises. People won’t be so accepting of you not knowing where the toilets are in six months.

Make Like a Fruit

Pair. This is something we’re doing more and more of at my company, Linguamatics. Look for opportunities to sit with anyone while they do what they do. Encourage colleagues to walk you through day-to-day tasks the next time they’re doing them. Sure, you can read up process, but you can pick up practice. And don’t forget to ask your questions while you’re there.

Make Like a Sponge

Information gives you context, and in a new place, that’s one of the key things you lack. So when you get your answers or your demonstrations, soak them up. In fact, take in just about everything you can.

If there’s an internal presentation, attend it. If there’s local doc, read it. If there’s the chance to chat (and ask questions) to someone on the way to lunch, take it. If there’s a meeting about what kind of tea bags to stock in the staff room…well, you gotta draw the line somewhere, I suppose.

Make Like a Researcher

Did I mention asking questions? Well maybe don’t ask every question as soon as it comes to your mind. If there’s a chance you can find out the answer for yourself, it’s good to try to do that.

So if your company has a wiki, try searching it for what you need to know. If the company uses a particular tool that you’re unfamiliar with, read about it on the Web. If someone mentions a technology or technique that you’ve never heard of, look it up. Even if you don’t find everything you need, when you ask your question in the end, you can say “I found this, but…” or “I know that such-and-such…,” and that will give you far more credibility.

Make Like an Elephant

Even with whatever research you’ve done and whatever information you’ve absorbed, it will sometimes still feel like everybody else knows everything…and you know next to nothing (although hopefully you can still spell your name).

But never forget this: they recruited you. Unless you’ve made the mistake of joining a company that regards you merely as headcount (in which case, it doesn’t matter whether you can spell your name) you must have something they liked, wanted or needed.

Make Like Butter

Yeah, butter. Spread. That is, spread your insights, thoughts, suggestions and knowledge, and your experience and expertise. You’re an outsider and you’ve got an outsider’s perspective. That’s valuable to the people who’ve been stuck in the bunker for years.

You can see the flaws that they’ve become habituated to, and avoid the preconceptions they don’t. You’ve seen other similar tools with different feature sets and trade-offs; you’ve worked in places that do the same kind of work in an alternative way, perhaps better in some ways; you’ve solved some of these problems before. Share that. But stay humble. You might be butter, but you don’t run the dairy.

Make Like a Salesperson

As butter, you’re talking the talk. In sales, you’ve got to walk the walk. You want me to buy what you’re selling? Show it to me. Demonstrate it. But perhaps you’re not getting any real work to start with? The salesperson plants their foot right in the door. Begin to establish your reputation by volunteering, and you might be able to find something that everyone says needs doing but nobody is doing. It doesn’t matter so much what – you want to encourage people to see you as a contributor.

Make Like the Tortoise

And when you’ve got work that you can get on with, don’t be the hare in the fable. Your default position should generally be, in the honeymoon period, that you’ve got the freedom to take your time and to do a good job rather than a quick job. Take in the scenery. The journey is usually as important as the destination at this stage, and if you’re not sure, ask.

Make Like Stephen Hawking

But when you’ve got work and you’ve started doing it, you need to keep an eye out for black holes. Whatever you do, don’t let yourself get sucked into the inescapable darkness of a task that you can’t find a way to complete for hours and hours. Or even days. Set a limit on the amount of time you’re prepared to stare at the screen or search through ancient threads on Stack Overflow.

Probably the reason you can’t work out what to do is because nobody told you that that data got renamed in the last release cycle and they forgot to update the process doc. And, anyways, it can only be found on that one machine – the one you don’t have an account on and didn’t know existed. But of course, that was before the database was upgraded and Ops took over the maintenance, anyways. Didn’t anyone say? Sorry.

Make, Like, a Cake

You’re asking a lot of your colleagues. Just by being there and not being as productive as them (yet), you risk being perceived by them as a burden at times. Why not sweeten them up and bake a cake to share with the team? It can’t hurt. Unless you’re a terrible baker. In which case…buy chocolates.

Note from the author: With thanks to Clare Claughton, Karo Stoltzenburg and Damian Synadinos for their valuable review comments.

James Thomas is one of the founders of Linguamatics, the world leader in innovative natural language-based text mining. Over the years he’s had many roles in the company and is currently the test manager, a position in which he strives to provide an environment where his testers have an opportunity to do their best work. Find him on Twitter @qahiccupps and Hiccupps.

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Meet the uTesters: David Petura

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:00

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.

uTest: What drew you into testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

David: It was by coincidence. Before I got my first full-time job, I’d never heard about testing, and to be brutally honest, I didn’t even have a clue that software was being tested.

However, after a few weeks in my job, I got the opportunity to focus on testing, and I liked it, so I stayed with it. And I cannot complain. It gives me some kind of freedom and also the feeling that I can break someone’s results (sorry developers!). To be honest, though, I was thinking about quitting the QA field at one point, but that’s when uTest came along and I started to like it all over again.

uTest: What is the one tool you use as a tester that you couldn’t live without?

David: Definitely Jing, and a screen mirroring and log capture tool. Oh wait…that’s three! But I think I cannot choose just one, since you cannot report a bug without the combination. So I take them all just as one tool, which fits best for me.

uTest: What’s your favorite part of being a uTester?

David: The variety! I never imagined I’d see so many opportunities and interesting customers. It is sometimes just so surprising, too, when I discover new technologies — that’s what keeps me more and more interested in uTest. I also cannot forget my fellow testers! Sharing our knowledge is the best way to learn and keep getting better in testing.

uTest: What keeps you busy outside testing?

David: Outside testing, you say? It would be my girlfriend (soon to be wife, and also a uTester!), my last semester in school, preparation for the wedding, finishing a new house, sports, and also friends and fun — the usual stuff!

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uTester Shares Experience From TestIstanbul 2015

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:00

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.

“TestIstanbul started with Glyn Rhodes’ (IBM) speech, and continued with a speech from Goranka Bjedov of Facebook, which pointed out the importance of monitoring and analysis in a distributed cloud, and focused on Facebook’s infrastructure.

“After an hour lunch break, the event continued with Ian Molyneaux’s (Intechnica) speech about performance testing best practices, and particularly emphasized tool choice and APM tools. Afterwards, Alexander Podelko from Oracle spoke about performance requirements as the backbone of the performance engineering process.

“Finally, Martin Spier of Netflix was on the stage, explaining ensuring performance in a fast-paced environment. Spier got the audience’s attention by speaking about tools, methodologies, automated analysis and Netflix’s development model.

“The event was very informative. Martin Spier’s and Goranka Bjedov’s speeches were very significant for me because their topics were in my research area for an upcoming presentation of mine. What I enjoyed most, though, was that most of the participants were in discussion during coffee breaks, trying to learn and use tools at the stands of event partners and exhibitors.

“I’ve been waiting for this conference, as I have a special interest in performance testing, JMeter, BlazeMeter, etc. I gained valuable knowledge from the event and made some wonderful connections as well. I hope to mix all of the information I gained and use that mixture whenever I need in the future in my daily work.”

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uTest Introduces Paid Software Testing Projects for Cats

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 17:30

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.”

At launch, felines will be able to participate in two types of testing opportunities: Functional and Securkitty. Additionally, by registering for a uTest account and participating on paid projects, cats will have three available options for payment methods:

  • Catnip
  • Meow Mix
  • uTest-branded scratching post

Felines will be able to begin registration for uTest accounts beginning this summer.

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Update uTest University and Win $100

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 15:00

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.

The contest opens Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET and closes Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The winners will be determined by a random drawing from all entries. A video of the drawing will be posted in the uTest Forums on April 17th. Visit the contest entry page to see the full contest rules, guidelines and to submit your updates.

You must have a registered uTest account in order to participate. Not registered? Sign up now.

Start reading and get those updates submitted!

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

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:40

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?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:00

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:

  • Enterprise test management software facilitates high-quality collaboration, even for employees who work offsite. Information can be shared easily and test scenarios can be reused as appropriate, removing much of the friction that would otherwise accompany remote interaction and test standardization.
  • Software auditing keeps testing and QA teams on track. Auditors often verify compliance with applicable standards, but they also vet the integrity, security and sustainability of technical processes.

In tandem, auditing and test management ensure that software is being developed and deployed in accordance with company requirements. Organizations benefit from this pairing by gaining granular insight into day-to-day practices, including potential areas for improvement. The combination of technology and procedure puts applications in a context in which they can be accurately evaluated.

“Every kind of software audit essentially seeks to understand the same things. What is the true purpose of the software and its value to the organization?” explained Veracode’s Fergal Glynn. “How does it perform, weighed against necessary risk? Likewise, most software audits assign similar roles to participants and rely on technological tools to aid examination.”

Auditing as a means of improving testing

Regular audits of software development are commonplace in the enterprise, and they may take a variety of forms. On the more technical side, a process improvement audit may check for what kinds of bugs — and how many — slipped through the cracks during testing. Essentially, it serves as a step back from everyday testing, as well as an assessment of how workers are utilizing the tools and procedures at their disposal.

Auditors may also perform root cause analysis to determine the source of a particular problem, backtracking through typical steps to figure out when, how and why it occurred. Detailed audits contribute to long-term improvement of development and testing through both substantive feedback and suggestions for future preliminary measures.

“[T]he motivation is to audit and trace the various steps in the process and try to weed out process problems,” explained an Exforsys document on the subject. “For instance, it is observed that too many software defects escaped detection even though the testing process was apparently followed. So the audit is done as a preliminary step to collect facts and analyze them.”

Moreover, auditing facilitates high levels of transparency and reliability in critical workflows. At the same time, it benefits from technical tools and metrics that supply the data needed to gauge team performance.

Using test metrics to improve auditing and testing

Auditing is a crucial part of dev/test process improvement, but it helps to already have metrics in place so that the exercise is optimally calibrated against the organization’s needs. Metrics can set the baselines for what percentage of tests should pass and at what rate defects should be discovered, among other cases.

Optimizing software development and testing is not a light undertaking. However, the combination of a top-flight QA management system, regular auditing and specific metrics is a step in the right direction in terms of knowing what is happening and how it can be streamlined.

“Without measurement, it is impossible to tell whether the process implemented is improving or not,” explained P.M. Venkatesh Babu in his presentation, “Software Testing Metrics,” later adding that metrics help to inform how to make important changes.

Sanjay Zalavadia is the VP of Client Services for Zephyr, who offers a real-time, full-featured test management system. Learn more about Zephyr and check out their tool review page over at uTest’s Tool Reviews.

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Top Tweets From TestBash 2015

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 20:32

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:

@michaelbolton realized his talk is not funny, so he starts with a joke. #Testbash

— Rob van Steenbergen (@rvansteenbergen) March 27, 2015

You said "#testing" but you might have meant "all of development" #testbash @michaelbolton

— Richard Bradshaw (@FriendlyTester) March 27, 2015

Excellent checking must be embedded in excellent testing #testbash @michaelbolton

— Stephen Janaway (@stephenjanaway) March 27, 2015

My favourite safety phrase: I haven't found anything yet that I think may cause a problem. #testbash

— Andrew Morton (@TestingChef) March 27, 2015

#testbash sketch note on @michaelbolton rst what to say talk

— stephen mounsey (@stephenmounsey) March 27, 2015

How do we gain tacit knowledge? Through socialization, and sharpening interactional expertise. Testers take note. @imccowatt #testbash

— Michael Bolton (@michaelbolton) March 27, 2015

@imccowatt …offshore. nearshore. noshore. unshore …"The greater the cultural distance, the larger the required message size" #testbash

— Mark Tomlinson (@mtomlins) March 27, 2015

"No matter how it looks at first, it's always a people problem" @JerryWeinberg referenced by @imccowatt #testbash

— Richard Bradshaw (@FriendlyTester) March 27, 2015

Bloodyhell #testbash is now very mature compared to the first one, well done @rosiesherry

— Villabone (@villabone) March 27, 2015

"If anyone has questions, please first raise your phone and declare your allegiance" #testbash

— Neil Studd (@neilstudd) March 27, 2015

How we felt about #testbash last night after a few beers… V excited

— Villabone (@villabone) March 27, 2015

"Can we please be involved?" @vds4 #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

#TestBash has t-shirts in both women and men models. Thank you @rosiesherry, this is me in first ever conf t-shirt.

— Maaret Pyhäjärvi (@maaretp) March 27, 2015

Just having the word tester in your job title downplays your skills in how people see you. Any other way to fix than renaming us? #TestBash

— Maaret Pyhäjärvi (@maaretp) March 27, 2015

Hey @rosiesherry! Congrats on what sounds like another stellar #testbash – Onwards and upwards!

— Keith Klain (@KeithKlain) March 27, 2015

HERE HERE #testbash #fun I could get into these meetings w/ @stevejanaway

— Ryan Rapaport (@ry_rap) March 27, 2015

Lessons learned keeping test community up and running in organization by @stephenjanaway #testbash

— Rob van Steenbergen (@rvansteenbergen) March 27, 2015

And this is the box :) #testbash

— Daniel Knott (@dnlkntt) March 27, 2015

To check prevalence of testing myths, look no further than "the hell of LinkedIn discussion groups" @TesterFromLeic #TestBash

— Neil Studd (@neilstudd) March 27, 2015

"I dont have to work in a blame culture to blame myself" @maaretp #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

devs relying on testers to find bugs makes devs lazy, hence more bugs … Therefore greater perceived need for testers @maaretp #testbash

— Chris George (@chrisg0911) March 27, 2015

How to make developers excited about testing? Make testing a programming problem (automation) @maaretp #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

"Quality is built by developers, it's either there or it isn't" @maaretp #testbash

— Richard Bradshaw (@FriendlyTester) March 27, 2015

Change is slow gradual and hard. To make the point @mheusser showed his pile of clothes – now moved from the floor to the counter #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

"I CAN AUTOMATE ALL THE THINGS!… I have automated too many things!" @FriendlyTester #testbash

— Neil Studd (@neilstudd) March 27, 2015

"You need to think about what you're testing and how automation can help you" @FriendlyTester #testbash

— Simon Prior (@siprior) March 27, 2015

If you don't like how things are, you can change it. "It doesn't have to be this way" @FriendlyTester quoting @JerryWeinberg #TestBash #PSL

— mheusser (@mheusser) March 27, 2015

Definite theme running through #testbash this year. Lots of entertaining experiential sessions with shrewd takeaways. 2015 = best yet!

— Neil Studd (@neilstudd) March 27, 2015

As testers we ask a lot of questions. It puts pressure on people. Let's get good at it. @karennjohnson #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

Try to ask different people the same question. It reveals bugs and communication gaps @karennjohnson #testbash

— Rikke Simonsen (@vanilleDK) March 27, 2015

99 seconds talks starting #testbash

— Rob van Steenbergen (@rvansteenbergen) March 27, 2015

If you can't get money for conferences, ask for time. Time is valuable. @JokinAspiazu #testbash

— mheusser (@mheusser) March 27, 2015

Open session fun and games at the #testbash workshops yesterday

— Kim Knup (@Punkmik) March 27, 2015

#testbash was just awesome, see you next year.

— Daniel Knott (@dnlkntt) March 27, 2015

That point at which you realise you've been on the train for 10 mins and you still have your #testbash sticker on :)

— Stephen Janaway (@stephenjanaway) March 27, 2015

Thank you @rosiesherry & organisers of #testbash for such an awesome day! very well done!!! #1stTestbash #thumbsup :)

— tlk2eva (@tlk2eva) March 27, 2015

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10 Things to Know About Software Testers

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:58

Testers rarely get the spotlight, and some may think that they have it easy playing with apps all day. But to assume this would be inaccurate — software testers are a unique bunch, and there’s a lot about them that may surprise you.

In our own uTesters’ words, here’s 10 things to know about software testers:

  1. We need to be excellent record-keepers for everything that we do — if not, we’ll be the first to be blamed if somethingSoftware-testing-trends-2013 goes wrong.
  2. We indeed understand business needs, and can adjust testing as necessary on-the-fly to meet these needs.
  3. When it looks like we’re just playing with our phones all day, we are actually working!
  4. It takes just as much thought to test the code properly as it does to write it.
  5. Our field can be quite rewarding, financially and personally, and there is ample opportunity for growth and influence.
  6. Testers are exceptionally diverse, in pretty much every measurable way.
  7. You don’t need a degree for it, and there are no degrees in software testing.
  8. Despite all of the attention developers get, we exist, too.
  9. Despite not developing the app ourselves, we know almost every aspect and the ins-and-outs of the app.
  10. We can’t guarantee quality and that an app is bug-free — with tight deadlines, testing everything is impossible.

What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Facebook Embraces Developers and App Monetization at F8

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30

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.

Embeddable videos

By introducing the ability for users to embed their Facebook videos on other sites, Facebook is taking direct aim at YouTube. The addition of this feature improves the usefulness and functionality of Facebook’s main product, and may not only encourage more users to create videos on their platform, but also help drive engagement in general.

Chatting with businesses directly

Facebook has decided business transactions should be more personal. In order to make this a reality, they have introduced the ability for users of Messenger to complete orders through the app, and communicate about their order with employees of the business they are buying from.

Is this something that shoppers want? In many ways that remains to be seen, but there is something to be said for making the steps from purchase to delivery more transparent, and giving consumers a more social experience.

Analytics for Apps

With the glut of third-party apps developed on the the Facebook platform, it only makes sense that the creators of these apps might want to know a little about who is actually using them.

By introducing an apps analytics interface, Facebook is helping these developers get to know their users a little more intimately. Although there are already a number of analytics tools available to app-makers, Facebook is hoping to provide an native option that offers more functionality.

What do you think about the new areas Facebook is expanding into? Can these new products and features help counteract the declining user growth Facebook has experienced? Let us know in the comments below.

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Vote Now to Send One Lucky uTester to STAREAST

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 16:38

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.

Judges from uTest and TechWell will select from among the most liked/voted videos to pick the lucky winner, so be sure to vote for your favorites now.

Have a favorite yourself, or participated in the contest? Be sure to share your submission on your favorite social media networks to get the exposure your video deserves…and all the votes! After you vote, follow the results in real-time every step of the way with our Leaderboard.


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