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The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its tenth annual conference, CAST 2015 “Moving Testing Forward,”to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 3-5.Since our first CAST we  have seen dramatic changes in the nature of communications and the nature of delivery, from PC to client/server to the web and web services. Deployment is different; monitoring is different, builds and test tooling are different. We have a variety of new models and methods for our testing. CAST is where we talk about how they actually work out in practice, based on experience. At our tenth CAST, in 2015 speakers will be presenting stories, workshops and tutorials regarding their experiences surrounding how to advance software testing.

Join us this summer for our tenth annual conference in downtown Grand Rapids at the beautiful Grand Plaza Hotel August 3-5, as we explore “Moving Testing Forward.”

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Wednesday, August 5 • 11:05am - 12:20pm
Reason And Argument For Testers

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A key part of a tester’s skill is the ability to convince others that the information they are presenting is true. This skill can be enhanced by the tools of analytical philosophy, which make up a framework for rigorously converting everyday rhetorical conversation into formal arguments that can be analyzed and discussed rationally. In this talk, we will present basic argument analysis: distinguishing between validity and soundness, identifying the type of reasoning used in an argument, and signs of common fallacies. We will also demonstrate that disputes are often a result of hidden or misidentified disagreements and how to use rational argument as a method of improved discourse. Finally, we will present some ideas in epistemology: belief, justification, and knowledge. The topics covered will be illustrated with examples from real-world experiences that Thomas & Scott have encountered in the software testing community and in their professional experience.

Speakers
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Scott Allman

Managing Partner, Complex Systems Management
Scott Allman is an independent software consultant specializing in software integration and testing. He has taught all the BBST classes, regularly presents at SQuAD (Software Quality Assurance of Denver) and has taught software engineering as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has a BA and an MA in Philosophy where he wrote his thesis on epistemology and software testing. Since the 1960's he has been writing... Read More →
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Thomas Vaniotis

Product Manager, Liquidnet
Thomas Vaniotis has over ten years of experience as a tester, developer, and product analyst. At NYC-based institutional brokerage Liquidnet, he is the product manager for internal and external customer tools that manage multiple complex trading applications. He is interested in data-driven business analysis, customer experience design, exploratory testing, and the theory of software creation. His undergraduate background in music and... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:05am - 12:20pm
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