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 put on by testers for testers and test managers. We do not have a “vendor track.” Out conference committee reviews talks to filter out sales pitches or veiled marketing promotions during sessions.
We attend CAST to help people get better at the skills needed to do good testing, what testers really do. CAST is about thinking, discussing, challenging assumptions and beliefs, and searching for understanding around testing as a craft and profession. We strive to provide insight to common questions and problems around testing. We look for specific ideas that can lead to insight on how testers can do better testing and provide greater service to the people we serve by testing and evaluating software.
Need more suggestions for making the case to your company? Listen to the CASTcast episodes on the individual contributor and test manager perspectives!