CAST 2018

The context driven community views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning. When we get together we do so to discuss, learn, and challenge each other to advance the practice of software testing.

Most people see there is a need for testing, though not everyone understands the skills required and why advancing those is important. Many of you have probably experienced unskilled testing which often provides very little value to the stakeholders. Badly informed decisions, increase in cost, increase in lead time to deliver to production, and poor software quality are examples of consequences of unskilled testing.

To overcome the problem of unskilled testing we need a rapid change on a broader level. To reach a larger audience, we require advocates from other communities and collaboration with other disciplines in software development.

This year, AST is reaching outside of the testing community to connect and bridge with developers, product owners, project managers, agile coaches, devops, and anyone who benefits from the value skilled testing provides. We would like to hear stories of how collaborating with other disciplines and communities have made a difference in acknowledging the value of skilled testing. We wish to see highly interactive workshops. Most of all, we wish to see a diversity of subjects, speakers, and audience.

CAST 2018 will be held August 6-9, 2018, at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA.

Call for Presentations

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, Bridging Between Communities. We are looking for a broad and diverse scope of submissions.  We strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.

What are we really looking for?

We are looking for something different. This year is all about collaboration outside your own community or discipline. Be creative. Why not pair up with someone who is not a tester, and propose a talk or a workshop?

We are looking for talks that engage people in deep discussions, something attendees would continue to talk about after the session is over.

We encourage workshops which are very interactive and lets the participants use their brains and hands. We wish to see a great mix of both technical and non technical workshops.

You don’t need to be a tester to submit. Perhaps you have stories about how your view of testing has changed from negative to positive? Maybe you have worked with a great tester? We welcome anyone who feel that they have something to contribute to this year’s Theme.

Types of Sessions

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in these formats:

Track Sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40-45 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time. The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Sessions that present teaching material are also common. Other formats might be debates and panel discussions.

Workshops are two-hour long double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. We’re looking for workshops that create concrete artifacts for participants to take home such as lists, mind maps, or other findings. Workshops that involve performances of software testing are even better. Please discuss the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the submission form.

Proposals

Proposals are to be submitted through PaperCall.IO. You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal or to speak.

We encourage (but do not require) speakers to write a paper supporting their proposal. At submission time you need only indicate your willingness to write a paper. Drafts of the papers are not due until June 1, 2018, and final revisions by August 1, 2018.

Apply here.

Speaker Compensation

The speaker for each Track or Interactive Workshop session will receive $250 in speaker compensation, plus up to $1000 in travel expense reimbursement, and will receive free admission to the CAST 2018 conference. Paired presenters will split the honorarium and travel expense. 

Code of Conduct

All Speakers and Attendees are subject to the CAST Code of Conduct. By applying to speak, you are indicating your willingness to comply with the Code.

Important CFP Dates and People

December 5, 2017 – Call for Proposals Open

February 11, 2018 – Call for Proposals Closes

March 16, 2018 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers/Paper Authors will be notified shortly afterward.

August 6-9, 2018 – CAST 2018

Conference Co-Chairs: Eric Proegler and Dawn Haynes

Program Chair: Maria Kedemo

We encourage new speakers!

Speaker selection is hard. One challenge is including known, experienced speakers while encouraging new and diverse voices and creating opportunities for development. AST partners with Speak Easy to help.

Please send us any other ideas on balance and speaker selection to [email protected]. Thank you!