New Resource: Beta Tester Glossary

When you join a beta test, you’re going to come across a ton of terminology that you’ll only ever hear in the beta world. This can get confusing, especially if you’re new to beta testing. What’s the difference between a private beta and a public beta? What’s regression testing? What exactly is a feature request? While it may seem sufficient to just do your best and follow directions as you go, having a solid understanding of the terms used in beta will help you be a better tester and contribute more during your beta test. So we created a handy glossary with all of the most commonly used beta terms, so you can hit the ground running in your next test.

This glossary will make it easier for you to understand what will be expected and asked of you throughout the test. It will also make is easier for you to communicate with the beta manager and other testers, since you’ll all be speaking the same language.

This new resource lists all of the most relevant terms you’re likely to see on a beta test and not only defines them, but also lists common synonyms and acronyms. So, whether one company uses a different variation of specific term from another, you can be sure that you’ll all on the same page. This glossary can act as your guide for proper communication with beta managers and fellow testers, and will also keep you up to speed with exactly what everyone is talking about in group discussions and forums.

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Whether you’re new to beta testing and want to familiarize yourself with the most important beta testing vocabulary, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking to hone your knowledge of beta testing jargon, this glossary will be a valuable tool. It doesn’t matter if you’re involved in a super secret private beta test, or a relaxed and open public beta test, you’ll want to be sure that you’re speaking the same language and maximizing your level of communication and feedback. After all, clear communication and quality feedback is what beta testing is all about.

Did we miss any terms? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to add it to the next edition of the glossary!

Download our new Beta Tester Glossary now!