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The Association for Software Testing is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles.

The Association for Software Testing (AST)  is an international non-profit professional association with members in over 50 countries. AST is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products. We value a scientific approach to developing and evaluating techniques, processes, and tools. We believe that a self-aware, self-critical attitude is essential to understanding and assessing the impact of new ideas on the practice of testing.

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News

  • CAST 2015: ‘Did You Know?’ Proposals submitted – 103 People submitted proposals – 83 (either a solo or co-presenter) Men who submitted proposals – 62 Women who submitted proposals – 21 Speakers who were selected to speak – 29* Men who were selected to speak -18* Women who were selected to speak – 11* Invited Speakers Tutorial Speakers – 4 – 2 Men, 2 Women Keynote Speakers – 2 ...
  • CAST 2015: webCAST (livestream) Fun Facts A record number of viewers watched the live stream this year. We also hit a record number of views from countries around the world. Views for the live stream:  3,114 Estimated minutes watched:  103,274 Youtube Likes: 22 Number of Countries where the live stream was watched: 97 Top 5 Countries for connections where the live stream was watched: US, UK, ...
  • New Executive Committee for 2015-2016 Following the Elections for the Board of Directors, as per the AST Bylaws, the Board met to elect members to the Executive Committee. The members will assume their new Executive Committee in October at the next full Board of Directors Meeting.  They are: President – Justin Rohrman Vice-President – Ale Moreira Treasurer – Eric Proegler Secretary – Roxane Jackson Executive at ...
  • Board of Directors Election Results The elections are now over and we have three new Directors joining the Board in October. Nominated for the Board were: Alex Bantz Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Jeffrey Woodard Michael Corum Roxane Jackson After counting the votes, the following candidates were elected: Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Roxane Jackson Thank you to Alex, Jeff and Michael for running. We look forward to you continuing the volunteer ...
  • CAST 2015: Count Down to webCAST 2015 The webCAST is only days away and we are making final preparations for the trip to Grand Rapids. For this year’s livestream we are using Youtube Live to avoid some of the annoying commercials and so we can broadcast in HD. Three ways to watch: AST Website Session “Watch Live” Button Youtube Channel Like last year we will be streaming ...
  • 2015-2016 Board of Directors Elections The nomination period for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors is officially closed. Thank you to those who provided nominations. There are three open spots on the board this year and these are the candidates: Alex Bantz Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Jeffrey Woodard Michael Corum Roxane Jackson AST members will be voting electronically from August 2nd  at 12:00 am (GMT) through August ...
  • Why CAST? Thoughts from the Conference Chair for CAST 2015 Why CAST? It is a good question. I was asked that by a manager I had several years ago and it is still relevant. For the last 13 months, I have been working on the preparations for CAST 2015. I’ve organized two day music events for 800 of our closest friends. I’ve been part of the organization ...
  • Lesson Learned Leading Context Driven Testers by Alex Bantz and Jeffrey Woodard Having experienced context driven testers as part of your team can be a lot like having a highly intelligent child. We expect that both you and your testers are adults, but the relationship dynamics are similar. Even though you are their leader/manager, you must be willing to accept that they ...

 

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