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Call for Participation

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The theme for CAST 2015 is  Moving Testing Forward.

The past ten years have seen dramatic changes in the nature of communications (the internet) and the nature of delivery, from PC to client/server to the web and web services. Deployment is different; monitoring is different, builds and test tooling are different. We have a variety of new models and methods for our testing. CAST is where we talk about how they actually work out in practice, based on experience.

The emphasis on “actually work out in practice” is by design and worth restating. We are less interested in hearing perfect practices everyone must do than in context – why the practice worked in a particular environment. We want to hear where you struggled, what you plan on doing next, and the kind of environments where you would /not/ recommend the practice.

These practices are not limited to testing or tooling, but can include social structures. New models and theories of testing are great — along with an example of how they played out on an actual project.

Roll up your sleeves and bring your retrospective notes.

At CAST 2015 speakers will be presenting stories, workshops and tutorials regarding their experiences surrounding how to advance software testing. Join us this summer for our tenth annual conference in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan, August 3-5.

Call for Participation

We invite you to share your stories, thoughts, observations, and demonstrations surrounding your experiences about moving testing forward.

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in a variety of formats:

Track sessions include a presentation of up to 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes of moderated “open season” time, and include one conference pass. The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Presentations that present teaching material, such as a “howto” are also common. We allow but do not encourage panel discussions.

Interactive workshops of 2 hours are double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. Our preference is for workshops that create concrete artifacts for participants to take home such as lists, mind maps. Workshops that involve actual doing of software testing will get preferential consideration. Please discuss the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the ‘additional information’ section of the proposal. Workshops can include one or two conference passes.

If you are not ready to propose a talk, your talk is not accepted, or you would like to do something special, we will have a special room for unscripted conversations called the ‘tester lounge.’ Lounge speakers do not get a conference pass or other benefits — lounge talks are not even scheduled — but exceptional lounge speakers may be given preferential treatment in future years.

The theme is broadly set to provide a wide scope for submissions; however, we strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.


A successful proposal will be sent as an attachment in the link below in a standard file format (MS Word or RTF, please no PDF). You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal. A successful proposal will include:

  • Speaker name, email address, and phone number

  • Title and type of session

  • Abstract – Roughly 150 words describing the material

  • Speak biography and image

  • Any additional information for the committee to consider, to include speaking history, videos of other presentations, slides, outlines, audio, etc.

  • Availability and commitment to attend the conference if selected

  • Regional test and quality conferences, especially non-profits, are invited to send us the names of their top 25% speakers for the past two years on this email address

  • An indication if the submitter will write a paper for peer review

Improving Your Odds

The conference committee will consider the work experience of the speaker, appeal and uniqueness of the content, and the speaker’s reputation and presentation experience. New and lesser-known speakers are encouraged to write a paper, which will be peer reviewed, as part of the submission process.

At submission time you need only indicate your willingness to write a paper. Drafts of the papers are not due until April 2nd, and final revisions by June 2nd, 2015. Note we do not require a paper, but we encourage it, even for known and experienced speakers.

No more submissions accepted, the deadline for submission has passed.

Important CFP Dates

December 3, 2014 – Proposal process open.
January 10, 2015 – Submission deadline for track session/workshop proposals.
February 7-28, 2015 – Notification of program acceptance or rejection for track sessions.
April 2, 2015 – First Draft of papers due.
June 1, 2015 – Final Draft of papers due.



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