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Webinar: Testopsies – Dissecting Your Testing with James Bach and Michael Bolton

Welcome back to the Association for Software Testing's webinar series! We are happy to return for another season and we've got a great start for the new year! January 8, 2020 Webinar: To improve as a skilled tester, you don't necessarily have to attend a class or read...

NWEWT #4 Testing the Future

The following is an Experience Report submitted by Duncan Nisbet, who convened a peer workshop earlier this month, and was supported by the AST Grant Program. Theme The theme of the 4th North West Exploratory Workshop on Testing (NWEWT) was Testing the...

AST Board 2019-2020

The AST Board of Directors Election for 2019-2020 has been completed, and officers have been selected. The new Board will be sat at the fall AST Board Meeting, and will consist of:President: Eric ProeglerVice President and Treasurer: Chris KenstSecretary: Louise...

2019 Board of Directors Candidate Questions

Each year AST members elect candidates to the Board of Directors and this year 5 of 7 board seats are open. Of those 5 open seats: 4 are Two Year terms (will serve from 2019 to 2021), and are staggered between years to ensure continuity.1 is a One Year term (serve...

Webinar: Visualize How Changes Flow to Production with Lisa Crispin

July 2019 Webinar: A developer pair on your team has coded and tested a new story, created a pull request and committed their changes to the source code repository. What all has to happen for those changes to be released in production? Can you draw a diagram of all...

Webinar: The Often Overlooked Test Oracle: The Key to More Powerful Testing with Doug Hoffman

May 2019 Webinar: There is a generally overlooked component in testing that might be compared with our autonomic nervous system. Like the autonomic functions, we don't think about them, but things don’t work at all without them. Every test requires some kind of oracle...

Webinar: Building a Data-Centric Modern Quality Culture with Brent Jensen

February 2019 Webinar: We are kicking off "Season 2" of the AST Webinar series with Brent Jensen (one half of the AB Testing Podcast duo and long time Microsoft veteran) talking about how people in Test roles can leverage their passion for the Customer and begin their...

2019 AST-BBST Pricing Changes

For 2019 we are making a few pricing changes for AST-BBST. Effective immediately: All classes for AST members are now $299. All classes for non-AST members are $499. Uniform Pricing Our goal here was to simplify things by making all classes the same price. Previously...

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...

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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