CAST 2017


What the Heck Do Testers Really Do?

CAST 2017 is taking a deep look at the practice of software testing. We want to help testers become so good they cannot be ignored. CAST 2017 focuses on the actual tactical work required to perform excellent, effective and influential testing.

Today, testers are challenged to identify important product risks in turbulent contexts. Business focus follows a fickle consumer market, harshly driven by demanding investors. Organizational frameworks are evolving and changing, often within a product’s lifetime. Solution technology frantically advances moving from tiered architectures to micro services among a hyper distributed internet of things.

Emerging practices sometimes shuffle testing activities earlier, or later in the life cycle. Some development approaches may even obscure testing. CAST 2017 will focus on the tactical work testers do in a variety of contexts with different tools and techniques.

Please join us for our 12th annual conference at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, TN, August 16 – 18 2017. Tutorials will be held the day of August 16. Two full conference days will be on August 17 and 18.

Submit your proposal now!

CAST 2017 Dates:

December 12, 2016 – Call for Proposals Open
February 25, 2017 (11:59pm GMT -6) – Call for Proposals Closes
March 20, 2017 (Approximately) – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers/Paper Authors will be notified shortly afterwards.
August 16-18, 2017 – Conference

Conference Chair: Justin Rohrman

Program Chair: Rob Sabourin

All AST event attendees must abide by the AST code of ethics and anti-discrimination policies.

Keynote Speakers

Dave Snowden

snowden200Dave Snowden has been one of the leading figures in the movement towards integration of humanistic approaches to knowledge management with appropriate technology and process design. Well known for his work on the role of narrative and sensemaking, he is an entertaining speaker and a formidable realist, and one of the few thought leaders who can bring together the academic and practitioner perspectives into a single, comprehensible purview.

He is Founder & Chief Scientific Officer -Cognitive Edge (formerly the Cynefin Centre) which focuses on the development of the theory and practice of social complexity. The Cynefin Centre spun off from IBM in July 2005 to allow it greater freedom to explore new trans-disciplinary and participatory approaches to research and the creation of an open source approach to management consultancy. The Cynefin framework which lies at the heart of the approach has been recognized by several commentators as one of the first practical application of complexity theory to management science and builds on earlier pioneering work in Knowledge Management.

A native of Wales, he was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programmes on complexity and narrative. He pioneered the use of narrative as a means of knowledge disclosure and cross-cultural understanding. He is a leading keynote speaker at major conferences around the world and is known for his iconoclastic style, pragmatic cynicism and extensive use of stories to communicate what would otherwise be difficult concepts. Tom Stewart, the new editor of Harvard Business Review in his latest book states in the context of tacit knowledge “Dave Snowden, the best thinker I’ve found on the subject …” although by way of counter he also comments “he is Welsh and a bit mad”.

Dave Snowden has an MBA from Middlesex University and a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University. He is adjunct Professor of Knowledge Management at the University of Canberra, an honorary fellow in knowledge management at the University of Warwick, Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and MiNE Fellow at the Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore in Italy. He teaches on various university programmes throughout the world. He regularly consults at the board level with some of the world’s largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs and was recently appointed as an advisor on sense making to the Singaporean Ministry of Defence. In addition he sits on a number of advisory and other bodies including the British Standards Institute committee on standards for Knowledge Management.

Mary Thorn

mary_thorn_2016_150x175Chief Storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is Director of Agile Practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than nineteen years of experience in healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A strong leader in agile testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.



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