Award Categories

2017 Awards Categories

Best Agile Project

Awarded for the best software testing project in an agile environment.
Judges will be looking for:

  • A clear understanding of software testing/QA challenges in an agile environment and how these have been overcome
  • Concrete evidence of excellent communication between all stakeholders
  • Examples of a commitment to working and learning rapidly and delivering high quality software frequently
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Illustration of how the principles of the agile manifesto have been used, i.e., ‘responding to change over following a plan’ and ‘individuals and interactions over processes and tools’
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices

Best Mobile Testing Project

Awarded for the best use of technology and testing in a mobile application project.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Demonstration of a clear and concise “preparatory phase”
  • Evidence of successful use of a best practice method/technique
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Test Automation Project – Functional

The award for the best use of automation in a functional software testing project.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Demonstration of the best use of automation in a functional software testing project
  • Utilisation of a well-developed test suite of testing scripts
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Test Automation Project – Non-Functional

The award for the best use of automation in a non-functional software testing project.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Demonstration of the best use of automation in a non-functional software testing project
  • Utilisation of appropriate test technique to identify underlying root cause
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Graduate Tester of the Year

A recent graduate, who has completed university or an apprenticeship scheme in the last 2 years, who has shown outstanding commitment and development in the testing field.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of outstanding commitment and development in the testing field
  • Proof of excellent communication skills with all stakeholders
  • Efforts to keep up-to-date with trends, guidelines and best practices in the industry
  • Evidence of a dedication to self training and improvement
  • Demonstration of successful outcomes that meet the aims and targets set
  • Proof of engagement with the wider testing and QA community

Testing Manager of the Year

Awarded to the most outstanding test manager or team leader over the last 12 months.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Excellent people management and communication skills
  • Evidence of achieving project aims and targets through effective leadership
  • Proof of commitment to the wider testing and QA community
  • Examples of procedures put in place to ensure high quality results
  • Evidence of a commitment to high quality and standards
  • Demonstration of self-evaluation, commitment to self-learning and improvement

Best Overall Testing Project – Retail

Awarded to the most outstanding testing project in the retail sector.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Demonstration of a successful software testing project utilising a best practice method/technique
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Overall Testing Project – Finance

Awarded to the most outstanding testing project in the finance sector.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Demonstration of a successful software testing project utilising a best practice method/technique
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Overall Testing Project – Gaming

Awarded to the most outstanding testing project in the gaming sector.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Demonstration of a successful software testing project utilising a best practice method/technique
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Overall Testing Project – Communication

Awarded to the most outstanding testing project in the communication sector.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Demonstration of a successful software testing project utilising a best practice method/technique
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of resource choices
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Best Use of Technology in a Project

Awarded for outstanding application of technology in a testing project.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Detailed discussion around project methodology and justification of technology choices and application
  • Cutting-edge and fit-for-purpose technology was correctly and effectively used
  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of technology being used to overcome project challenges/obstacles
  • Evidence of commitment to industry best practices and standards

Testing Team of the Year

Awarded to the most outstanding overall testing team of the year.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a cohesive team identity and unity
  • Outstanding communication demonstrated within the software testing team and with other stakeholders
  • Evidence of achieving project aims and targets through effective team work
  • Commitment to the wider testing and QA community
  • Evidence of a strong team ethos
  • Proof of continued commitment to improving, up-skilling and self-development

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Prodapt Testing Management Team of the Year

Awarded to the testing management team that has shown consistently outstanding leadership.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Excellent people management and communication skills
  • Evidence of achieving project aims and targets through effective leadership
  • Proof of commitment to the wider testing and QA community
  • Examples of procedures put in place to ensure high quality results
  • Evidence of a commitment to high quality and standards
  • Demonstration of self-evaluation, commitment to self-learning and improvement

Most Innovative Project

Awarded for the project that has significantly advanced the methods and practices of software testing.
Judges will be looking for:

  • A project that has significantly advanced the methods and practices of software testing
  • An attempt to push boundaries within the industry
  • Evidence of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles
  • Proof of a commitment to high quality and standards

Best User Experience (UX) Testing in a Project

The award for the best use of user experience testing in a project.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of carrying out high quality end user research suitable for the project
  • Evidence of taking into account user engagement throughout the delivery/li>
  • Promoting innovation, research and best practices in the wider field of UX testing
  • Proof of working closely with stakeholders to deliver the project on time and within budget
  • Verification of project goals, importance, achievements and successful results
  • Evidence and evaluation of overcoming project challenges/obstacles

Leading Vendor

Awarded to the vendor who receives top marks for their product/service and customer service.
Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of a commitment to high quality and standards to customers
  • Commitment to customer satisfaction
  • Evidence of value for money
  • Proof of thought leadership and drive to further the software testing/QA industry
  • Evidence of reliability, flexibility and speed of installation

The European Software Testing Award

This main and overall award of the evening will be awarded to the tester, manager, or team that judges felt has excelled in all areas and surpassed every other individual, project, or organisation within the industry.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Voted on by the judges, this award is to celebrate an outstanding achievement by a renowned and acknowledged veteran in the European testing field who has shown consistent commitment to the testing industry.