- Speak Easy and CAST 2015 We are pleased to announce that we are pairing with Speak Easy, a program developed by Anne-Marie Charrett and Fiona Charles, to foster, mentor and encourage experienced professionals who are new to speaking at conferences and other public events.
With an impressive pool of mentors to draw on, Speak Easy participants will find their voice, define ...
- CAST Is Turning TEN YEARS OLD and We’re Throwing a Party! We’re having a party at this year’s CAST – the Conference of the Association for Software Testing. Games and Cake and Friends and learning and growing.
Much has changed since our first CAST and the Association for Software Testing is excited about putting on our best Conference ever! CAST prides itself on being a conference where ...
- Tips For a Good CAST 2015 Proposal Tips For a Good CAST 2015 Proposal
By Justin Rohrman
The CFP for CAST 2015 is in full swing now. We’ve been getting proposals, but as the end gets closer that trickle will turn into a flood. Below are a few thoughts for you to consider before you submit your proposal. These are some of the things ...
- WHOSE Update: Workshop on Self-Education in Software Testing by Justin Rohrman
Twelve months ago, the first Workshop on Self-Education in Software Testing (WHOSE) took place in West Lake, Ohio just outside of Cleveland. This was an AST Event, the goal of which was to produce a list of skills that were important for software testers. The principles of the Context Driven Testing school immediately ...
- CAST 2015 – Call for Participation
Call for Participation
We invite you to share your stories, thoughts, observations, and demonstrations surrounding your experiences about Moving Testing Forward with your fellow testers at CAST 2015.
We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme for either a presentation of up to 40 minutes, with 20 minutes of discussion time, OR a ...
- CAST 2015: Save the Date August 3-5
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. ...
- 2014-2015 Board of Directors Election Results Polls closed at 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 12. After verifying and counting ballots, we are pleased announce the new and returning members of the Board of Directors are:
Erik Davis (new)
Alessandra Moreira (new)
Justin Rohrman (new)
Keith Klain (re-elected)
The new members of the Board will be sworn into office at the next meeting of the ...
- 2014-2015 Board of Director Elections – Polls are Open! The Elections for the Board of Directors are officially OPEN!
There are four open spots on the board this year and these are the candidates:
AST members are able to vote electronically TODAY, August 11th through August 13th at 7:00PM Eastern Time/12:00 am (GMT). In order to participate in the ...
- 2014-2015 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 four open spots on the board this year and these are the candidates:
AST members will be voting electronically on August 11th at 12:00 am (GMT) – August ...
- AST Grant Report – OZWST 2014 in Review By David Greenlees
Richard Robinson (Facilitator)
James Bach (Content Owner)
David Greenlees (Organiser/Logistics)
This year the Australian Workshop of Software Testing (OZWST) headed to sunny Brisbane in Queensland, Australia; well, it was sunny for one of the two days. One of my goals for OZWST was to make it accessible to ...
- 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.
- 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
David Greenlees (Facilitator)
Rob Sabourin (Content Owner)
Paulo Lai (Logistics/Venue)
Henrik Andersson (day 2)
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 ...