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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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Tuesday, August 4 • 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Growing Testers from the Ground Up

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Megan was a former tester.  Now, she trains testers.

She is responsible for her QA department’s three-year-old New Employee Orientation program.  Her job?  She runs a week-long curriculum that immerses new employees into her company's software, and then, introduces them to basic testing concepts. 

The successes?  New employees are more prepared to contribute right away, according to management.  All employees now have a common base of knowledge upon which they are expected to be able to build.

The challenges?  Many new employees have no experience testing.  The class size might be one employee, or ten. If an employee falls behind early in the week, catching up can be difficult.

The plans?  Expand the program.  Offer classes and workshops for new employees over a six-month span.  Create classes in performance testing, working with databases, and a pair testing workshop.  Use tester games to help teach testing fundamentals. 

The fledgling program helps create better-equipped testers.  Let Megan share how.

What you can expect from this session:
  • Ideas on how to educate brand-new testers
  • Stories of what worked and what didn’t
  • An outline of their program
  • How her team keeps department leadership “in the loop”

Speakers
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Megan Studzenski

QA Education Trainer, Hyland
Megan Studzenski is a Quality Assurance Education Trainer, which is an official way of saying she teaches people to be better testers. She is responsible for teaching introductory testing skills to new employees, as well as devising testing workshops and experiences for more skilled testers. Megan spent two years as a technical writer before transitioning to testing, and from there her love of public speaking led her into her current... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Governors Room

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