CAST 2015 has ended
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 • 11:05am - 12:20pm
Learning To Lead: Making An Impact By Improving Yourself

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Sometimes we recognize a need for improvement in our test organization, but it can be difficult to accomplish when you are not in a formal leadership position. For me, the solution was to first commit to self-improvement. I read blogs, magazines, and Twitter, and joined groups like Weekend Testing, Miagi-Do, and Software Development 24/7. I learned techniques like pair/collaborative testing and evaluating risks to determine what to test.

New projects and hallway discussions helped me introduce these techniques to my team. My relationships with the Customer Support team allowed me to introduce pair testing for training, replacing assigning scripts to new trainees. I improved coverage and reduced effort on a regression project by evaluating risk to determine which test cases to include. I started a team discussion on our existing test cases, and as a result, I've been asked to study how the team can write better test cases. By sharing self-improvement ideas and ways to build relationships inside and outside of the test team, attendees can learn to improve their test team’s effectiveness.

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Carol Brands

Software Tester, DNV GL Software
Carol Brands began her software career working as a technical support representative, where she developed an empathy and understanding for her users. After choosing to focus on testing, she moved to DNV GL Software and spent the next three years developing her testing skills and studying... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:05am - 12:20pm EDT
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