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Full Day Tutorials – Keynotes – Track Sessions

The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its tenth annual conference, CAST 2015 “Moving Testing Forward,”to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 3-5. Since our first CAST we  have seen dramatic changes in the nature of communications and the nature of delivery, from PC to client/server to the web and web services. Deployment is different; monitoring is different, builds and test tooling are different. We have a variety of new models and methods for our testing. CAST is where we talk about how they actually work out in practice, based on experience. At our tenth CAST, in 2015 speakers will be presenting stories, workshops and tutorials regarding their experiences surrounding how to advance software testing.

Join us this summer for our tenth annual conference in downtown Grand Rapids at the beautiful Grand Plaza Hotel August 3-5, as we explore “Moving Testing Forward.”

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AST lines up unique interactive full-day tutorials each led by recognized thought leaders in their areas of expertise.Our hope is that CAST helps you advance the understanding and practice of testing at your organization and around the globe. You’ll have opportunities to share your ideas and learn from thought-leaders, trainers, authors, and peers.




CAST is more than a conference, it’s a unique opportunity to learn and discuss not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Two thirds of the session is a presentation by a speaker; however 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 what takes place in the hallways, at receptions, and during meals. 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 the industry.

What makes CAST unique?

  • 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
  • Reasonably priced, high ROI

Who should attend CAST?

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

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 not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Half of the session is a presentation by a speaker, however 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!

Conference Chair

Peter Walen has been involved in software development for more than twenty-five years. Today, Pete is a Senior Software Quality Engineer with Salesforce.  He describes himself as a Software Anthropologist and Tester, examining how software and people relate and react to each other. Pete is a member of the Board of Directors of AST, a frequent conference speaker and an active blogger on software testing at

Follow Pete on Twitter @PeteWalen.

Program Committee


Matt Heusser (Committee Chair) is the Managing Consultant at Excelon Development. Matt is a former board member of AST, 2014 CAST Keynote  Speaker and recipient of the 2014 Most Influential Agile Test Professional Personal Award. The creator of the Lean Software Testing family of   methods and a serious student of the Miagdo School, Matt is probably best known for his writing. Follow Matt on twitter @mheusser, email him at [email protected], or read more about more at


Huib Schoots is a tester, consultant and people lover. He shares his passion for testing through coaching, training, and giving huibpresentations on a variety of test subjects. With almost twenty years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. A member of TestNet, AST and ISST, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing. Huib maintains a blog on and tweets as @huibschoots. He works for Improve Quality Services, a provider of consultancy and training in the field of testing.

Justin Rohrman is a consulting software tester with a day job. He has been performing software testing in various industries and capacities for close to 10 years now. Outside of his day job, Justin is an assistant or lead instructor for 3 of the four BBST courses offered by AST, frequent facilitator for Weekend Testing Americas, miagi-do black belt, and a writer. He writes often for ITKnowledgeExchange, Stickyminds, and his own personal blog.The successes he is most proud of are the ones the involve people and the software testing community.

Erik Davis has over 16 years of experience in and around testing. The majority of his time has been in a variety of leadership positions ranging from team lead to senior manager leading teams of 2 to 65 people. In his current role, he has oversight of the team that educates 180+ testers. He also is responsible for identifying ways to bring in, engage, and retain testers. His current project is to research, design and create an internal automation team.

He blogs at and is on Twitter (@erikld). He has been a member of AST since 2012 and has been a speaker at CAST 2013, CAST 2014, QA or the Highway 2014, Targeting Quality 2014 and he is also the programs lead for NOSQAA ( and runs the NOTiCE tester meet up (


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