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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 • 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Driving Adoption of Chartered Exploratory Testing In An Agile Organization

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Pivotal is adding the practice of explicit, directed exploratory testing to our work on Cloud Foundry. We have dedicated explorers who rotate through development teams. We use charters to organize exploratory efforts; PMs prioritize them in backlogs along with chores, bugs and features using Pivotal Tracker. Programmers pair with explorers on execution of charters, and explorers with programmers on feature delivery. We're developing charter writing and execution as skills throughout our development staff.

This experience report will discuss the adoption and integration of exploratory testing in the Cloud Foundry project at Pivotal. It will focus on challenges we've encountered and practices we've found effective in the context of Pivotal Labs' opinionated and refined agile process, which is rooted in Extreme Programming. We'll discuss how exploratory testing’s been used to inform stakeholders, how they've recognized the business value of the practice, and techniques to make exploratory work something distinct from checks programmers write in TDD.

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Jesse Alford

Senior Software Engineer, Pivotal
Jesse Alford is an Exploratory Tester (no really, that's the job title, slightly embarassing though it may be - he would rather be called an "Orbital Drop Shock Tester" but no one will go for that and it's nonsense anyways) for Pivotal in San Francisco. His principle goal is to... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm EDT
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