#TestBowl 2021: Inflectra's Virtual Software Testing Competition

February 19th, 2021 by inflectra

On February 11, 2021, Inflectra held its first virtual software testing competition - #TestBowl 2021! The event was a huge success, and everyone had a ton of fun! 

How did Inflectra manage to pull off a truly entertaining virtual event and what lessons were learned?

Find the answers inside.

A Few Words on What Happened at #TestBowl

  • We organized everyone into pairs using a game based on the testers' favorite colors (and we had some fancy colors - like wine and snow!) 
  • We unveiled the system under test during the event - it was one of the government websites.
  • The testers had about 1.5 hours to test the website and report bugs into SpiraTest - which they did splendidly! 
  • We kept everyone entertained - thanks to our awesome DJ - Adam Sandman, who was taking music requests throughout the event and kept us informed about the teams' scores on Spira Leaderboard. Also, thanks to Discord, there was GIFs galore!
  • Having nice gifts to play for helped keep testers motivated - we had Apple TVs, Apple AirPods, and 4th generation Alexa's to give away! 
  • With 13 teams competing, a whopping 245 issues and bugs were logged by the end of testing.


Who Won?

We had very active teams, and the event was a nailbiter! 

But alas, all good things must come to an end, and so we tool had to stop the competition and choose just 3 winning teams! Here they are: 

  • Team Gold in the 3rd Place: Neha Chopra (India) & Madhura Bapat (USA)
  • Team Silver in the 2nd Place:  Ayesha Yussouff (USA) &  Egli Isufaj (Albania) 
  • Team Navy in the 1st Place: Pramod V. (India) & Shaik Mohammed Irfan (India)

CONGRATULATIONS to the big winners and to our awesome testing heroes who showed up! 


A Few Words About Organizing #TestBowl

We love organizing events, especially the ones that are hands-on, interactive, and have the 90s hits and a community aspect to them!

And try as we might, there will be hiccups along the way - like the fact the Discord video would only allow 25 people to log into our voice channel simultaneously. It was a bummer since we held our orientation and had our virtual rave there (a.k.a. blasted the music). We'd love to hear about other platforms where similar interactive events can be hosted!


What's next?

Inspired by the success of #TestBowl 2021, we are planning to hold another contest - #TestBowl Deux in June 2021! You can already sign up for it here

We hope to see you there!

TestBowl 2021 Inflectras Virtual Software Testing Competition

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