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Our Mission and Purpose

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.

Our Objectives

  • Host an annual AST Conference to bring together developers, testers, management, and researchers in an exchange of testing practices, theories, and techniques.
  • Encourage, facilitate, and coordinate partnerships between testing experts at all levels: practitioners, management, and researchers.
  • Publish content both online and in print containing leading-edge information on testing practice and theory.
  • Support the teaching of software testing by encouraging projects to develop and publish resources that assist classroom presentation, grading, and self-study.

Our General Guiding Principles

  • AST is focused on supporting the development of professionalism in software testing, among practitioners and academics, at all levels of experience and education.
  • AST views software testing as an empirical, technical investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with quality-related information.
  • AST views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning.
  • AST believes willingness to work collaboratively through controversy is vital to the growth and education of the field and those in it.
  • AST fosters future generations of leadership in software testing through emphasis on personal growth in both ethical behavior and technical competence.
  • AST supports the credentialing of software testers to the extent that the credential is marketed and presented consistently with the levels of knowledge, skill and experience that the credential measures or reflects.
  • AST values all types of instruction in software testing, from all sources, to the extent that the instruction, instructional materials, and assessment are marketed honestly and promote the development of knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and respect for the diversity of well-informed views in the field.

Our Governance Principles

  • AST’s leaders make decisions based on AST’s ethics, AST’s brand integrity, and value for AST members while being mindful of the potential for conflicts of interest for our members, volunteers, and staff.
  • AST strives toward making the organization self-sustaining through means other than strictly volunteerism.
  • AST finances its mission through products and services consistent with its nonprofit status, code of ethics, its seven guiding principles, and its high values of quality, relevance, and integrity.

Our Milestones

  • August 26-28, 2013 – 8th annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • May 19, 2013 – AST Partners with Per Scholas a non-profit IT workforce training program
  • April 10, 2013 – AST Partners with SummerQAmp a U.S. youth summer jobs program
  • July 16-18, 2012 – 7th annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • April 10, 2012 – AST Partners with SummerQAmp a U.S. youth summer jobs program
  • March 11, 2012 – Added third Black Box Software Testing (BBST) class (Test Design)
  • August 8-10, 2011 – 6th annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • August 2-5, 2010 – 5th annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • July 13-16, 2009 – 4th annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • July 14-16, 2008 – 3rd annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • May 25, 2008 – Added second Black Box Software Testing (BBST) class (Bug Advocacy)
  • July 9-11, 2007 – 2nd annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • June 5, 2006 – 1st annual CAST (Conference of the Association for Software Testing)
  • October 17, 2007 – First Black Box Software Testing (BBST) class (Foundations)
  • October 27, 2004 – granted 501(c) (3) status
  • April 14, 2004 – AST Incorporation
 

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