I am excited to be presenting again at the upcoming CAST 2012 conference July 16 – 18 in San Jose, California! This is the 7th annual Conference of the Association for Software Testing and my 4th year attending.
This year I will be delivering a workshop on “Thinking About Testing as a Service”. You can read more about my session on the CAST 2012 Sessions page. There are many exciting sessions and workshops being offered this year. Be sure to check them out!
From the AST website, here is a summary of this year’s exciting conference:
The theme of this year’s conference is “The Thinking Tester”: an exploration and celebration of on-the-job creativity and critical thinking in software testing.
Thinking testers question not only the product and its technical context, but the circumstances they find themselves in. What is the whole project context? What are the rules, the conventions, the unspoken assumptions? What are the constraints and risks?
Thinking testers challenge themselves and their team-mates to test effectively and efficiently with integrity and skill. Thinking testers neither blindly follow methodologies or standards, nor automatically reject them. They evaluate the merits of different approaches and adopt those best suited to a given problem set, according to their professional judgement. Thinking testers invent new solutions to old and new problems. They challenge apparent project or organizational constraints and devise clever workarounds for those they can’t change. They educate customers and teammates about the benefits of an open-minded approach to testing. Where necessary, thinking testers speak truth to power.
The CAST conference is always my most favourite conference to attend each year. CAST is also the first conference I recommend to software testers who are passionate about learning and are looking to engage in thought provoking discussions. The format of the CAST conference is unique and focuses on the “confer” in conference. Read more about the CAST format here.
See you at CAST 2012!