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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Monday, August 3

5:45pm EDT

Tips and Tricks for New Speakers
This is a short, informal session for people who are new to speaking at conferences or are interested in speaking but have never done it before. Rob Sabourin will walk you through a relaxed session and share ideas and lessons from his great repertoire and experience.

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Robert Sabourin, P. Eng.

President, AmiBug.Com, Inc.
Robert Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 5:45pm - 6:30pm EDT
Vandenberg B

6:00pm EDT

Facilitator Meeting
Review what facilitators do at CAST, make sure everyone is comfortable with the role and is ready for the start of the conference itself.

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Peter Walen

Conference Chair
Peter Walen has been in software development for over 25 years.  After working many years as a programmer, he moved to software testing and QA.  After dabbling in Project Management and Business Analysis, he returned to software testing, where he has been working since 1999... Read More →

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Dee Ann Pizzica

Sr. Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Dee Ann Pizzica is a software tester in the Chicago area. She is currently employed at Salesforce, where she works remote with a fantastic Indianapolis-based team. Dee Ann has been exploring the software industry for over ten years. She is an active member of the Association for... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Vandenberg A

7:00pm EDT

"Beer Testing" Tour

This is an extra session, not part of the conference or tutorials. Grand Rapids has been featured in several beer magazines and was named “Beer City” for the number an quality of the breweries that call the city home. We are offering a “Tour” of some of the local breweries, including Founders, Mitten Brewing and Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

This features a rotating shuttle from the venue to each of the locations, with around 15 minutes between each bus pulling up. The shuttles will run between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

The per-person cost is $15 to cover the cost of the shuttle buses. This does not include any beer – just hassle-free transportation.

Starting at 7:00 PM, Monday evening, a shuttle bus will leave the Grand Plaza (Lyon Street entrance) and head to the following locations: The bus will return to each location in 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

To reserve a spot, click here.

Monday August 3, 2015 7:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Lyon Street Entrance to Hotel
Tuesday, August 4

6:30pm EDT


Join us for a cocktail, light hors d’ oeuvre, and socializing. 


Tuesday August 4, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Ambassador East

6:30pm EDT

Testing Games
Join us for a CAST tradition, tester games. Test your testing abilities with dice and card games.

Tuesday August 4, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Ambassador East
Wednesday, August 5

7:00pm EDT

Testing Games
Join us for a CAST tradition, tester games. Test your testing abilities with dice and card games.

Wednesday August 5, 2015 7:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Ambassador East