AST conducts much of its work through programs and partnerships. Some examples of programs beyond our training and conference are LAWST workshops, grants, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), training partnerships, and academic research projects.
- We created a Grant Program designed to advance testing at the local level. We reimburse local volunteers who are doing good things for the software testing community that align with AST’s mission.
- We partnered with two non-profit groups to train the future generation of testers. One program supports under privileged youth the other retrains adults to jump start their careers in IT.
- The goal of WHOSE is to produce a skills inventory that is context driven. In other words, a list of skills describing each skill and including references for the reader on where to go for more.
- There are two committees/Special Interest Groups (SIG) that are currently active, one focused on Education and the other on Standards and Professional Practices. As a member you are invited to join an existing committee/SIG or propose a new one. All committees/SIGs are self supporting and are formed with a desire to pursue significant, long-term advancement in an area of interest to the Association.
- Each year AST supports one or more workshops, this year we supported Software Testing in Financial Services Workshop (STiFS). This was their ninth consecutive meeting, this year it was held in New York City.
- We held two international informational meetings one in Singapore and the other in India. Attendees had a chance to learn about AST, ask questions, and network with local testers.
- Each year we host the Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST). During the conference we live stream track sessions for free and post the sessions to Youtube for the benefit of those who are unable to attend and to advance the practice.
- James Bach, Michael Bolton, and Anne-Marie Charrett provide free skype coaching. AST members enjoy the added benefit of being able to schedule a time with each of them.
- Each month a newsletter is published containing AST news and articles written by experts and practitioners.
Guidelines for Supporting Projects or Initiatives of Value to Software Testers
AST will consider providing support to projects or programs meeting the following criteria:
- The project must not be directly or indirectly driven by profit
- The project must be accessible and valuable, or potentially valuable, to all software testers
- Both the project and the leaders of the project must explicitly comply with and/or agree to the AST and ACM Code of Ethics
- At least one of the project organizers be a member in good standing of AST
Any project or initiative meeting these criteria may apply for support from the AST who will provide support based on the type of support requested as compared to the resources that AST has available to provide.