Posted by Ben Simo
The Association for Software Testing (AST) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and practice of software testing. The AST provides forums for academics, students, and testing practitioners to discuss testing. AST does this through online forums, workshops, education programs, and conferences. The third annual Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) provides a great forum for face-to-face conferring. This is not your typical conference where experts talk at the masses. This is the software testing conference that puts the confer back in conference.
Ever sit in a presentation about testing and think anything like the following?
- Yeah that works for you but it'll never work in my situation.
- What do you mean by X?
- She must work with idiots.
- How does he know what he says? I want to see data.
- My management would never go for it.
- What planet is he from?
- You're full of it.
Your are not only free to think these things at CAST, but you are free to question presenters. Time is built into the program for facilitated discussion of every presentation.
If you'd like to become a better software tester, join AST and come to CAST.
If you'd like to meet and confer with peers from around the world, join AST and come to CAST.
If you'd like to meet and confer with testing experts, join AST and come to CAST.
If you'd like to be challenged, join AST and and come to CAST.
If you'd like to hear Gerald Weinberg talk about the past, present, and future of software testing: join AST and come to CAST.
If you can't afford those other testing conferences, join AST and come to CAST -- its about half the price of other conferences.
If you'd like to compete against other testers, join AST and come to CAST.
If you care about software testing, join AST and come to CAST.
Only through judgment and skill,
exercised cooperatively throughout the entire project,
are we able to do the right things at the right times
to effectively test our products.
While I am not a believer in best practices, I believe its a really good practice to participate in CAST 2008. See you in Toronto.