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

9:25am EDT

Moving Testing Forward

What is our current knowledge base? What gaps in our knowledge do we want to address? Who and where can we look to for continued learning? Karen outlines a way forward which includes contemplating yourself, your coworkers, the leaders in your life and the wider professional community. She envisions a future that involves more than just technology changes, but also changes in the business world and the evolving global economy.

Karen looks at how business influences our careers, our opportunities and our future.  After her ideas on how to think about how these ideas come together to move forward, Karen ends the session answering your questions, and ends with a proposal for how you can move testing forward.

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Karen N Johnson

Sr QE Manager, Salesforce
Karen N. Johnson has worked as a software test consultant for several years. She currently works at Salesforce. While focused on software testing and predominantly working with the testers throughout an organization, Karen helps teams and organizations improve quality overall. Her... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 9:25am - 10:45am EDT
Ambassador West
Wednesday, August 5

9:25am EDT

The Future of Testing Is Here
With technology changes being the only constant, it is challenging to predict what "moving forward" means for the industry in general, let alone you, the person attending this conference. A few ideas on the horizon include the future of centers of excellence, rise of more startups and test consultants. These will be closely challenged by industry practices such as crowd sourced testing approach, artificial intelligence and IBM's Watson. Some ponder on why software testing is not included in educational institutions and we might also consider the inter subjectivity revolution and the various modes of self-learning. Will we have an All-in-One standard and one big school of software testing?

The debate about programmers learning testing and testers learning to code might keep us busy for few more years. With the increased emphasis on para-functional tests, will we see a different testing strategy going forward? Let us not forget the impact of social media on the product and organization's reputation and the ever changing customer expectations. These are the sorts of things Ajay Balamurugadas thinks about when he considers the term 'Moving Testing Forward'. Some of them seem to have a definite answer, others are less clear. Ajay takes a look at the recent past and present to project at least one possible future (and likely many.), suggesting that we brainstorm on some of the authentic problems and revisit the unknown unknowns. Join Ajay, as he presents his perspective of the times ahead - His journey filled with rich stories and failures, and other experiences might just trigger a few ideas on how to take testing forward in your context.

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Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously reinventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 9:25am - 10:45am EDT
Ambassador West