CAST 2016


Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

Please join us for our 11th annual conference at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016.

Putting “Confer” in “Conference”

The core mission of The Association for Software Testing (AST) and CAST is to help build an active community of software testing scholars, practitioners, and learners who can in turn positively influence and advance the practice of software testing.

CAST is more than a conference, it’s a unique opportunity to learn and discuss testing not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Half of the session is a presentation by a speaker, and the balance of the time is a facilitated “open season”. This open season allows attendees to question, discuss, and test the presentation.

What makes CAST truly unique is the discussions that take place in the hallways, at receptions, during meals, and after hours. For many the true value of CAST is the ability to discuss topics you are interested in with peers, experts, and academics that are leading change in our profession. At CAST, you are among friends…let’s confer!

What makes CAST special?

  • For testers, by testers
  • We strive to advance and improve the science of software testing
  • We share, discuss, and question
  • Meet industry leaders (authors, bloggers, and personalities)
  • Network with peers and experts
  • Non-profit pricing, high ROI

Who should attend CAST?

  • Software Testers, Practitioners, and Managers
  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Students
  • Software Developers and other Stakeholders

Call for Participation

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, Testing, Software Development Catalyst . We are hoping for a wide scope for submissions,  we strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in these formats:

Track sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40-45 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time. The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Sessions that present teaching material are also common. Other formats might be debates and panel discussions.

Workshops are two-hour long double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. We’re looking for workshops that create concrete artifacts for participants to take home such as lists, mind maps, or other findings. Workshops that involve performances of software testing are even better. Please discuss the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the Key Takeaways of the submission form.

Tutorials are educational sessions held the day before CAST. The selection process for Tutorials will be announced separately.


Proposals are submitted through a Google Form. You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal or to speak. You will be asked to provide:

  • Speaker name, email address, and phone number
  • Twitter and Skype handles (optional)
  • Title and type of session (Track Session, Workshop)
  • Abstract – 100-300 words describing your topic
  • Key takeaways summarized in 3-5 bullet points
  • Speaker bio – 100-150 words summarizing your relevant professional background, and qualifications to speak on the proposed topic
  • Has this presentation been given at other conferences? Which one(s) and when?
  • Whether you will write a paper about your topic for peer review

We encourage (but do not require) speakers to write a paper supporting their proposal. At submission time you need only indicate your willingness to write a paper. Drafts of the papers are not due until May 13, and final revisions by July 1, 2016.

Apply here.

Speaker Compensation

Tracks and Interactive Workshop Speakers receive free admission to the CAST conference.

Important CFP Dates

December 14, 2015 – Call for Proposals Open
February 15, 2016 – Call for Proposals Close
March 7, 2016 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers/Paper Authors will be notified will be notified shortly afterwards.

A Final Word

Speaker selection is hard.  One challenge is including known, experienced speakers while encouraging new and diverse voices and creating opportunities for development. AST partners with Speak Easy to help.







Please send us any other ideas on balance and speaker selection to Thank you!

Program Chair

Christin Wiedemann is the Co-CEO and Chief Scientist of PQA Testing.

After finishing her PhD in Physics at Stockholm University, Christin Wiedemann started working as a software developer for the Swedish consulting company HiQ. Christin soon discovered that software testing was more interesting and challenging than development and subsequently joined the Swedish test company AddQ Consulting. At AddQ, she worked as a tester, test lead and trainer, giving courses on agile testing, test design and exploratory testing throughout Europe. Christin developed a course on exploratory testing, and is a co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM. Christin currently lives in Vancouver, where she joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) Ltd. in 2011. In her current role as Chief Scientist, she drives PQA’s research and method development work. She continues to use her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to develop her own skills and those of others.


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