“Respect” has been a hot-button issue in the software testing industry for…well…forever. And, while well-known individuals like Jon Bach—and countless others—have offered guidance on how testers can earn more respect, a Google search of the dreaded question “Is software testing dead?” returns 50 million search results.
Most people have (finally) come to the agreement that testing will never be “dead.” But, it’s a real problem that so many testers continue to feel a lack of respect, understanding, or appreciation and recognition for the work they do.
We’ve written blogs, hosted webinars, and spoken at conferences about how testers can make a bigger, more easily recognizable impact in their roles, but everyone does that. That’s not to say we’re not putting great advice out there, but if testers still report feeling a lack of respect year after year, we can do more.
Tricentis is proud to announce the opening of an annual awards campaign we’re calling Testing Heroes. Testing Heroes is the only awards campaign that recognizes the individual contributions of software testers and is driven by the support of a tester’s colleagues and surrounding organizations. So many people have advice for what testers can start doing to gain recognition for their efforts down the road. Testing Heroes was designed to honor those who are already doing so many great things, and who are worthy of that recognition today.
Here’s how it works.
The Nomination Round
Testing Heroes is split into 6 different categories:
*Along with a physical award to commemorate their achievement, the Tester of the Year and Test Manager of the Year will each also be offered airfare, hotel stay, and a conference pass to Accelerate 2018 in Vienna, Austria on October 9-10!
Individuals can be nominated for any number of these categories, and you should encourage your colleagues and those in your personal networks to nominate your favorite testers as well! Nominating someone is easy. Just enter their name and email—and your own contact info—and they’re in. It’s up to you to get your nominees as many entries as you can!
Nominees will be notified by Tricentis via email that someone thinks very highly of them, and will be given the choice to opt-in to the Testing Heroes awards program. This is because in Round 2, we will be adding their name to a final ballot, and we don’t want to publicly include the name of anyone who would prefer to not participate.
Now the fun really begins.
The Voting Round
Once we’ve tallied up the nominations for each category, a select few will be added to a final ballot that will be used to determine the winners. Those who nominated someone who makes it to this round will be notified via email, and we’ll also share some ideas for how you can help your nominee(s) get the maximum number of votes. This is where you’ll need to get creative with how you’ll get the rest of your organization to contribute their votes!
Maybe you’ll share the ballot’s URL via Slack, email, or an internal newsletter.
Maybe you’ll set up an iPad in a company break room or kitchen.
Maybe you’ll reach out to your social network with a quick campaign-style video where you list your nominee’s most amazing qualities.
There is an endless number of ways to campaign for your favorite testers, and we can’t wait to hear the success stories of those who started by submitting a single nomination and ended up with an entire company being made aware of the incredible work being done by one of their own.
Who are your testing heroes? Let the world know by nominating them today!