Testers have always been great at championing the superstars within the testing community, but who else outside of testing has been listening? Tricentis has launched a campaign aimed at making sure the rest of the world knows just how invaluable testers are, especially in today’s hyper-accelerated release cycles, and with user experience and customer satisfaction becoming the enterprise’s success metrics of choice.
Testing Heroes will be an annual program in which software testers can be nominated for a variety of award categories, two of which—Tester of the Year and Test Manager of the Year—will be awarded a free trip to Vienna, Austria, to accept their award onstage at Tricentis’ Accelerate 2018 conference.
Testing Heroes is split into six different categories:
- Tester of the Year
- Test Manager of the Year
- The Explorer
- The Automator
- The Performer
- The Risk-o-Meter
A Unique Twist
While most winners are decided on by the awarding organization, the 2018 Testing Heroes will be determined by the level of support from each nominee’s surrounding organization and network. The final round of Testing Heroes will be a voting round. Those whose nomination makes it to this round will be provided with a variety of ideas for encouraging others to rally behind their candidate to get them the recognition they deserve. There are myriad ways to spread the word in your office about the outstanding work being done by one of your own:
- Encouraging others in your company to vote through Slack, email or an internal newsletter.
- Recording a short, campaign-style video to share through social media.
- An iPad loaded to the candidate’s voting page placed in a break room, kitchen or other communal area.
- Desk-to-desk canvassing (to those who don’t mind you popping in unannounced!).
One of our initial goals for this campaign was to learn more about the amazing contributions by those in the software testing community, but we quickly realized there is a bigger reward here: When a nominee’s peers bring to light the amazing work being done by one of their own during the campaign process, software testers’ efforts hopefully will be more understood and appreciated by a larger audience than they are currently. This is the real goal of Testing Heroes.
We encourage you to nominate and then rally behind your own Testing Heroes today!