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How To get Started in Software Testing Part 2

How To Get Started In Software Testing – Part II by Tim Ebie

In part two of the series “How To Get Started In Software Testing”, I’ll outline five more areas aspiring software quality assurance engineers should focus on in order to have a thriving career in the software quality assurance space. Every building is only as strong as its foundation.

Therefore, if you haven’t read part one of this series, I highly recommend you do so before continuing further in this series. This will help give you a solid foundation as you look to launch out to in “deep” end of software testing. You can check out part one here.

Below, I’ve highlighted five key areas every aspiring software tester should consider as he or she looks to explore the world of software quality assurance.

  1. Crowdsourcing: A new shift in the software testing phenomenon is that of crowdsource based testing. Crowdsource based testing is where testers gather from different parts of the world to test applications and get paid for bugs they find. A few of the sites you can visit and join are the following:
    • utest.com: Join a crowd sourcing site like utest and learn by testing applications, mobiles apps, devices and a variety of other technologies. Here you’ll get direct hands on experience. You can access it here: http://www.utest.com
    • Weekend Test: Is a software testing platform where testers gather together to test various applications and technologies. You can access it here: http://www.weekendtesting.com
    • usertesting.com: This platform focuses more on the “look and feel” of a website or what you will call Usability testing. Basically, you sign up to be a “tester” or user and get paid $10 every time you share your thoughts out loud (it’s recorded) when navigating a website. The setup is easy and all you need is a quiet place to record and a computer/laptop. Most test take 15-20 minutes. So, the better you become and the more tests you qualify for you can tests up to three sites an hour, which can earn you about $30 an hour. One secret? Stay logged in and score high (five stars) on your practice/initial training and they’ll keep sending you tests. You can access it at www.usertesting.com

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