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The Pothole of Excessive Automation

Paul Holland picked up where lunch left off, with some basic reminders. Automation will not increase coverage, decrease costs, save time, or allow an org to reduce headcount, but it will let you do a lot of repetitive steps in sequence repetitively and very fast. In...
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Cynefin and Software Testing, Part 2 – James Christie

Ed. Note - This is Part 2 of a Two-Part blog post produced by James Christie, supported by the AST Committee on Standards and Professional Practices. Part 1 is here. To learn more about why so many senior software testers are interested in Cynefin, come to CAST 2017...
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Cynefin and Software Testing, Part 1 – James Christie

Ed. Note - This is Part 1 of a Two-Part blog post produced by James Christie, supported by the AST Committee on Standards and Professional Practices. Part 2 is here. To learn more about why so many senior software testers are interested in Cynefin, come to CAST 2017...
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Lean Coffee

I love meeting new people and engaging them in conversations. However, I realize not everyone is comfortable doing that. I’ve noticed that having a structure to interactions can reduce the social barriers for those who might otherwise hang back. Lean Coffee is an easy...
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Open Season and K-Cards

Attending CAST is a memorable experience. In addition to the usual excitement of keynotes, session talks, and conference events, I look forward to the structured conferring of Open Season. This tongue-in-cheek name indicates the often intense examination of presented...
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CAST Testing Games

Testers are often characterized as a curious group, both inquisitive and a little puzzling. Some do not understand our attraction to this challenging and thoughtful profession. Testers come from many walks of life and have varied stories of stumbling into testing....
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TestRetreat at CAST2017

CAST 2017 continues the exciting expanded structure this year with the official inclusion of TestRetreat as part of the event. Tickets sold separately and Early Bird pricing applies to this part of the conference as well! While some of you are veterans of Test Coach...
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Making the case to attend CAST

When staff members ask whether they can go to CAST this year, most managers will ask “Why CAST?” The short answer is that the program content and speaker mix are unlike other conferences. The message is unlike other conferences or training events. This conference is...
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Call for Volunteers – AST Webinar Series

Part of the role of the Association for Software is creating a flow of information for the software testing community. For the past year, we have been running an experiment in webinars. We quickly learned a lesson; board members can not run programs that benefit the...
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A Special Thank You

I have been a long time member of the AST and almost 3 years ago, at CAST2014 in New York, something pretty special happened: I was elected a board member. It was an exciting time! The years that followed were great at the board and I learned a lot about the...
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