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 psychology, philosophy and human behavior, discovery and interpersonal social interactions. Still to others, it’s unbounded by rules and laws of science but is about free-flowing creativity, imagination, interpretation and artistry.
In short, software testing might be an art, a science, neither, or both. Perhaps as a result of this uncertainty a lot of folklore and myths have developed surrounding software testing.
At CAST 2014 speakers will be presenting stories, workshops and tutorials regarding their experiences surrounding software testing – whether the experience supports testing as an art or a science. There will also be sessions that debunk myths and folklore plus others that will highlight risks, challenges and triumphs of software testing. Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City August 11-13.
Call for Participation
We invite you to share your stories, thoughts, observations, and demonstrations surrounding your experiences about the art, science, myths, folklore, challenges, risks, battles and triumphs of real world software testing.
We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme for either a track session presentation of up to 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes of question time, OR of up to 50 minutes, plus 25 minutes of question time OR an interactive workshop of 2 hours. The theme is broadly set to provide a wide scope for submissions; however, we do request that proposals be specifically about your experiences in the field.
Important CFP Dates
December 3, 2013 – Proposal process open.
January 10, 2014 – Submission deadline for track session/workshop proposals.
February 7-28, 2014 – Notification of program acceptance or rejection for track sessions.
If you have questions about the CFP or your submission: CAST_CFP@associationforsoftwaretesting.org
Bernie Berger is a founding member and former director-at-large of AST and had served as chair of AST’s by-laws and election committees. Since his first testing job in 1994 where he tested software that generated automated stock tickers, he has held various positions across Wall Street and is a proponent of skilled based testing in financial services firms. He is also the founder, advocate, and volunteer manager for STiFS (Software Testing in Financial Services), a free series of peer conferences which to date has run 9 conferences. He has recently been nominated as a Software Test Luminary Award candidate.
Paul Holland is an independent software test consultant and teacher, he has more than eighteen years of hands-on testing and test management experience, primarily at Alcatel-Lucent where he led a transformation of the testing approach for two product divisions, making them more efficient and effective. As a test manager and tester, Paul focused on exploratory testing, test automation, and improving testing techniques. For the past six years, he has been consulting and delivering training to companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Intel, Intuit, HP, Premera Blue Cross, Mxi, and General Dynamics. Paul teaches the Rapid Software Testing course for Satisfice. www.testingthoughts.com.