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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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  • The State of AST – A Personal Retrospective By: Benjamin Yaroch Since April 14th 2004 AST has had numerous milestones and successes. From gaining non-profit status in October 2004, to the first conference in 2006, to the first BBST class in 2007. More recently we have added additional BBST classes, forged new training partnerships with SummerQAmp and PerScholas, and funded local groups and several ...
  • AST Turns 10 – Win a free Annual Membership to AST
  • The Next Generation of Testers By Erik Davis I’ve been thinking for some time (where some time = on and off for the past few years) that trying to find new testers is far more difficult than it should be. I’ve been in enough discussion threads in the past year to feel comfortable saying I am not alone in this thought. The ...
  • CAST 2014: Tutorials We are excited to announce CAST 2014 pre-conference tutorials, offered by practitioners, thought leaders, and experts to address the various aspects of social, organizational, scientific and technical skills required for modern test professionals. The tutorials were hand picked to appeal not only to those who test but also to those who lead testing.This year’s tutorials: “Context-Driven Change Leadership: How to ...
  • CAST 2014: First Responder Discount Ends First Responder Discount Ends Feb 28th The theme for CAST 2014 is “The Art and Science of Testing.” In some contexts and by some people software testing is considered to be more of a science and by others more of an art. To some, it’s an outgrowth of computer science, mathematics and physics. To others, it’s ...
  • CAST 2014: Registration open & CFP closing Registration now open Registration is now open for CAST 2014! We haven’t announced the program which means you can save big. Our “First Responder” discount saves you $400 off the regular conference price, and if you register before February 28th for a tutorial you can save an additional $200. (NOTE: If you register for a tutorial ...
  • CAST 2014: Theme & CFP Theme The theme for CAST 2014 is “The Art and Science of Testing.” In some contexts and by some people Software Testing is considered to be more of a science and by others more of an art. To some, it’s an outgrowth of computer science, mathematics and physics. To others, it’s an expression of soft sciences like ...
  • Are You A Skilled Tester? Skilled testers look at testing in a different way every time they need to execute a test. In this video Paul Holland discusses the difference between a skilled tester and a non-skilled tester. Are you a skilled tester?

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