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  • AST Grant Report – NOTiCE By Erik Davis I am the founder and head organizer of NOTiCE (Northern Ohio Testers in Collaborative Engagement). The purpose of this meet up is to give local testers somewhere to meet and talk about testing. We struggled initially with where to host the event. We tried a coffee shop, but found the space too limiting. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Learn How to Program in 21 Days (or so) By Markus Gartner Do you know the joke about how to become an expert in C++ in 21 days? You learn the basics in days 1-21, and continue to the advanced topics in days 22-3648. Then you learn enough about physics and biology to build a time machine, and an age-reversion potion. Then you travel back ...
  • AST Grant Report – OZWST 2013 in Review By David Greenlees                   Attendees: David Greenlees (Facilitator) Rob Sabourin (Content Owner) Richard Robinson Anne-Marie Charrett Andrew Dempster Mark Tolfts Kim Engel Paulo Lai (Logistics/Venue) Alessandra Moreira Scott Griffiths Dean MacKenzie Erik Petersen Rajesh Mathur Bruce McLeod Lee Hawkins Henrik Andersson (day 2) Introduction Having ‘shadowed’ Scott Barber’s facilitation of OZWST 2012 it was now my turn. Lucky for me I took several notes during that collaboration with Scott and to add to that Paul ...
  • The Grant Program: AST’s Best-Kept Secret By Matthew Heusser If you belong to the Association for Software Testing, you probably know about BBST, our flagship training course. You certainly know about CAST, our annual gathering. You might or might not know about our grant program. If you know about it, you might not be sure how to take advantage of it. So let ...
  • The Third Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing By Oliver Erlewein It’s winter in the southern hemisphere: The weather is getting cold and windy, and people are staying inside.  But not all! Testers from all over Australia and New Zealand were flocking to one of the testing highlights of the year, the two day long Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing (KWST) held in Wellington, ...
  • STiFS in Review By Bernie Berger The ninth meeting of the Software Testing in Financial Services workshop (STiFS) took place on Sunday & Monday May 19-20 at the NYC headquarters of Liquidnet.  With 11 participants from 8 different financial organizations and traveling from 5 different US States, the atmosphere was warm and the discussions focused. Our theme was “Organizational Structure Models for Test Groups ...
  • The Value of Testing & Test Teams By Rajesh Mathur When I first saw this theme, I thought it is going to be a cake walk writing about the value of testing.  My fellow testers, teams and I provide immeasurable value to the projects we work on as well as to the larger organization. Just when I thought this was easy to prove, ...
  • Measuring Value Submitted by Jay Philips I think a great way to show if you and your testing team are adding value to a project & organization is to pull the number of defects found pre-prod that the testing team found and compare them to the number of defects found post-prod.  If it wasn’t for the Testing Team ...
  • On Value By Peter Walen The value in testing is an intangible item that people may not easily grasp and some may refuse to acknowledge.  We don’t make the software people will be using.  We don’t always detect and report every bug that is hidden within the software.  We may not have the same perceptions and views of ...
  • On Mentoring By Doug Hoffman Mentoring is an interesting concept to me. Providing guidance is a lot of what I do for a living. Mentoring upwards and across an organization comes in the form of educating people about their needs and ways to satisfy them. Generally, I don’t just tell clients what they need or what they should ...
  • From Lone Wolf to Tribal Elder by Michael Larsen There are periods in our lives where we as individuals tend to be loners. Not all of us, of course, but there are times where it is advantageous for us to make our way and see what we know on our own. We pit ourselves, our wits, and our energies and drives towards ...
  • Where the Bugs Aren’t By Iain McCowatt And Dee said “Help Please! Is there any way I can interest you in writing something for the AST newsletter for April?” Unfortunately, I seldom write like that. I prefer to write when something catches my attention, tickles my fancy, intrigues me: I rarely flick a switch and write on demand. I wracked my brains, and nothing came to mind. Then a gift arrived. “YOU have been ...
  • Bugs Seen ‘Round the World By Rajesh Mathur I attended the International Conference on IT Management and Engineering Practices (ITMEP2013) in January. Before me there was another speaker who insisted that testing is expensive. When I spoke, I had to say that testing is not expensive, not doing it is expensive. People laughed. As the laughter died down the questions erupted. Suddenly this ...
  • Miyamoto Musashi on Software Testing By Pete Walen In 2012, I found myself talking with a far broader range of people than I have in previous years. These were generally software professionals of some sort. Some were experts in writing code to be delivered to production. Some were experts in designing databases. Some were experts in software application and solution design. ...
  • We need help – Resolutions. Restarting. Re-energizing. Greetings testers!! The AST Community News is wrapping up 2012 and getting ready for a new year. We’re excited about the changes we want to bring in 2013. In January we will be unveiling a new newsletter with a new format. Our goal is to bring you an increased level of high quality content on all kinds ...
  • AST Meetup in Singapore By Leah Stockley Wednesday, the 5th of December saw the inaugural AST Test Forum in Singapore.  The first software testing community event for Context Driven testers by testers held in Singapore. Despite the typically Asian challenge of late night meetings to EU/US, more than 50 testers from companies as diverse as investment banks to gaming, escaped the office early ...
  • AST Grant Report – OZWST 2012 in Review OZWST 2012 in Review Attendees: Scott Barber (Facilitator) Anne-Marie Charrett (Content Owner) David Greenlees (Facilitator in training) Alessandra Moreira Andrew Dempster Aman Suri Kim Engel Mark Tolfts (day 2) Oliver Erlewein Richard Robinson   Day 1 As this was the first LAWST-style Peer CONFERence in Australia the majority of the attendees had not experienced the format.  Scott provided a brief overview, however preferred the ‘just in time’ approach to ...
  • Observation, Inference, Oracle. By David Greenlees In a recent testing coaching session with Anne-Marie Charrett we touched on the above three subjects.  Obviously an hour and a half is no where near long enough to go into any great level of detail, so Anne-Marie left me with a challenge to write about oracles in software testing.  I will be ...
  • Evolving Leadership within AST By: Doug Hoffman A question was recently asked about the future of AST in light of shifting leadership. Where does AST go as leaders in the context-driven community become more or less involved with and/or drift apart? I’d like to address these questions as one of the people who helped shape the community, a founder of ...
  • Financial Services SIG Report: Dinner and Panel Discussion On the evening of Tuesday, January 24th, the AST’s Financial Services SIG organized a free dinner and panel discussion for NYC’s software testers. Sponsored by AST, Liquidnet, and QualiTest, about 40 people showed up to meet and network with peers, enjoy a hot buffet and cold beer, and participate in a discussion on the topic ...
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development is About People Working Together I spent a majority of my early career testing in a siloed waterfall team. I didn’t know there were other ways to develop software. I assumed this was the way everybody makes software. Some product team from on high writes PRDs (product requirements document) and throws them over the wall to engineering. Development managers then ...
  • An Explorer Inspired by a Buccaneer This article is a little different. I’d like to share a more personal, real-life experience about how I left my regular testing job for more freedom, experience, autonomy – and less pay – at least for the time being. If you’ve ever considered leaving your day job to become a full-time freelancer, then this article ...
  • 2011-2012 Board of Directors Election Results The annual AST Board of Directors election was held August 7th at 12:00 am (GMT) – August 9th at 12:00 am (GMT). To recap, there were three open positions this year and the candidates were: Matthew Heusser 

Cem Kaner Michael Larsen Catherine Powell Peter Walen We are excited to share that the elected board members are Matthew Heusser, Cem ...
 

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