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AST Grant Program, GRTesters Experience Report

On October 14, 2015, in Articles, Events, Grant, Newsletter, by pwalen
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Grand Rapids Testers (GRTesters), a testing meetup group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, received a grant in 2013 to help cover the costs of Meetup.com.  In 2015, GRTesters received another grant to help with those costs. An average of 12 to 25 testers, developers and others involved in software meet monthly to discuss topics in and […]

From the SpeakEasy Organizers

On August 12, 2015, in News, by pwalen
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CAST 2015 shows what can be done if you give the smallest bit of support to potential speakers. We realise that to now, we’ve been focused on using social media to spread the word. There’s limitations to that, because many of the very people we want to attract are often not on social media. We’re […]

On CAST 2015 Speaker Selection

On August 11, 2015, in News, by pwalen
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On CAST 2015 Selection By Matthew Heusser – [email protected] or @mheusser on twitter I’ve heard it said that for any five years you are involved in AST, someone should apologize for two. Perhaps three. More recently, a respected member of the community said she “ran out of the patience” she once had for volunteer organizations. […]

CAST 2015: ‘Did You Know?’

On August 11, 2015, in News, by pwalen
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Proposals submitted – 103 People submitted proposals – 83 (either a solo or co-presenter) Men who submitted proposals – 62 Women who submitted proposals – 21 Speakers who were selected to speak – 29* Men who were selected to speak –18* Women who were selected to speak – 11* Invited Speakers Tutorial Speakers – 4 […]

CAST 2015: webCAST (livestream) Fun Facts

On August 10, 2015, in Events, News, by pwalen
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A record number of viewers watched the live stream this year. We also hit a record number of views from countries around the world. Views for the live stream:  3,114 Estimated minutes watched:  103,274 Youtube Likes: 22 Number of Countries where the live stream was watched: 97 Top 5 Countries for connections where the live […]

New Executive Committee for 2015-2016

On August 7, 2015, in Articles, Events, News, Newsletter, by pwalen
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Following the Elections for the Board of Directors, as per the AST Bylaws, the Board met to elect members to the Executive Committee. The members will assume their new Executive Committee in October at the next full Board of Directors Meeting.  They are: President – Justin Rohrman Vice-President – Ale Moreira Treasurer – Eric Proegler […]

Board of Directors Election Results

On August 7, 2015, in Articles, News, Newsletter, by pwalen
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The elections are now over and we have three new Directors joining the Board in October. Nominated for the Board were: Alex Bantz Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Jeffrey Woodard Michael Corum Roxane Jackson After counting the votes, the following candidates were elected: Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Roxane Jackson Thank you to Alex, Jeff […]

2015-2016 Board of Directors Elections

On July 22, 2015, in Articles, Events, News, by pwalen
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The nomination period for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors is officially closed. Thank you to those who provided nominations. There are three open spots on the board this year and these are the candidates: Alex Bantz Eric Proegler Ilari Henrik Aegerter Jeffrey Woodard Michael Corum Roxane Jackson AST members will be voting electronically from August […]

Why CAST? Thoughts from the Conference Chair for CAST 2015

On July 15, 2015, in Articles, News, Newsletter, by pwalen
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Why CAST? It is a good question. I was asked that by a manager I had several years ago and it is still relevant. For the last 13 months, I have been working on the preparations for CAST 2015. I’ve organized two day music events for 800 of our closest friends. I’ve been part of […]

Lesson Learned Leading Context Driven Testers

On July 7, 2015, in Articles, News, by pwalen
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by Alex Bantz and Jeffrey Woodard Having experienced context driven testers as part of your team can be a lot like having a highly intelligent child. We expect that both you and your testers are adults, but the relationship dynamics are similar. Even though you are their leader/manager, you must be willing to accept that […]

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