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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Workshop [clear filter]
Tuesday, August 4

1:30pm EDT

Black Box Accessibility Testing: A Heuristic Approach

In United States and parts of Canada, Accessibility is the hot topic because of the laws (Section 508, AODA) and compliance deadlines that are coming up. Businesses are struggling in attempts to meet the compliance requirements both "in the letter and in the spirit". It is indeed tricky, especially for the Web Accessibility.

Often, software developers find themselves unfamiliar with the requirements model, given by Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Product owners find holistic accessibility concept conflicting with feature-driven delivery approach. Testers are getting lost, too - there are no clear expected results they are used to verify.

In the workshop, authors provide practical and effective heuristic methods of accessibility testing regardless of availability of detailed requirements. In agile team, testers will also be able to contribute to accessible design and development.

Presentation includes overview of the following:

  • Special needs that require accessibility
  • Assistive technologies
  • Accessibility of Web Elements

Accessibility Testing techniques include coverage of the following:

  • Accessible Scanning
  • Accessible Reading
  • Accessible Navigation and Operation

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Albert Gareev

Practice Lead, Software Testing, Agidale Consulting, Inc.
Albert Gareev is a software testing craftsman and practice lead. With over 20 years of diverse industry experience, Albert spearheaded testing for complex and challenging projects. Key expertise areas include Agile testing, Automation, and Accessibility. Visit Albert's blog at http://automation-beyond.com... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 1:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Vandenberg B

1:30pm EDT

What's My Context?

We talk about context and we identify ourselves as driven by context. But do we really understand what “context” means? Let’s get together and find out!

In this interactive workshop, we’ll use group exercises to explore the idea of context and some practical means for helping to discover it:

  • Its dimensions and attributes (as many as we can think of)
  • Its manifestations
  • Heuristics for discovering context elements of it that may be essential others that could be peripheral

A final debrief will give participants the opportunity to consolidate and share their insights and experiences.

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Fiona Charles

Independent Coach, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles is an independent coach, consultant, and workshop facilitator specializing in thehuman side of software development, quality, and testing. She teaches organizations to managetheir software quality risk, and software practitioners human skills “beyond process”—hands-onpractical... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 1:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Vandenberg A
Wednesday, August 5

1:30pm EDT

From Velcro to Velocity: A Hands On Tactile TDD Workshop
You hear a fair amount about TDD and testing these days.  Really, Test Driven Development is a development/programming approach in which unit tests are constructed prior to coding.  Each increment tested is a new aspect of the software being developed.  Developers create just enough of a unit test to fail and they write just enough code to pass the failing unit tests.  Tests can be repeated to quickly catch unexpected changes.

Explore the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. Try it out with Rob using an IDE of black felt, laminated index cards and, of course, tons of velcro.

During this fun and highly interactive workshop you will create an application with TDD even if you have never programmed before. Rob lets you compare your results with answers from the teacher edition.  He will also lead a group affinity analysis of TDD vs test after unit testing approaches. You may gain ideas in how testers can benefit from their development teams doing TDD.

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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 →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 1:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Vandenberg A