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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
Experiences from Asking Outsource Partners to Shift to Context Driven Testing

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A continuing trend in software development is the move to outsourced developers and in our case specifically, testers. Usually this is done for cost measures and has little to do with the effectiveness or quality of the testers employed.  Many of these test organizations have a set strategy they use for testing.  Their testing paradigm attempts to account for the lack of timely communication and physical proximity by utilizing a "more is better" philosophy with little thought put into testing in a risk-based or context driven approach.

Phil and Carl will share a journey on how HomeAway attempted to move three outsource partners from traditional testing paradigm to the Context-Driven School of software testing. 

This talk will present actions taken to educate these partners, the challenges that were
presented, the tooling that was leveraged, and the final outcomes.

How many outsource partners do you think were successful in making this transition?

Speakers
avatar for Phil McNeely

Phil McNeely

Senior QA Manager, HomeAway
Phil is currently a QA Manager for HomeAway.com in Austin, TX. His start in testing came over 17 years ago in a game startup run by a close friend. While the game failed to post enough sales to keep it viable, it did open the door to the world of testing and ignite a passion for finding defects. With stints at Hewlett-Packard, Winternals Software, Hire.com and various other startups, Phil has continued to learn and adapt to the changing... Read More →
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Carl Shaulis

Director of Quality Engineering, HomeAway
Carl Shaulis is the Senior QA Engineer at homeAway.com.  Prior to 2000, Carl was a chemist managing an air laboratory in Austin, Texas.  In 2000 a close friend encouraged Carl to enter the dot-com boom and apply his analytical skills as a tester for Excite@Home.  Carl’s passion for performance testing, test automation, and continuously improving agile testing practices has driven his opportunity to work with start-ups... Read More →



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

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