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What we learn from our experiences helps shape us as human beings. What we learn from the experiences of others can give us new insight and new perspectives. At this year’s conference speakers will share with you the lessons that they have learned in Software Testing, as well as how these lessons influence the way that we approach testing both now and in the future.

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Monday, August 26 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tester Roundtables: Bring Problems, Discover Solutions at CAST [FULL]

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Testers, leads and managers are expected to overcome problems that do not have clear solutions. That's just a part of the job. You are at a conference where your manager sends you and tells you to come back with solutions, or at least ideas, for fixing these problems.

Some problems have common solutions and some of the common 'solutions' often fail.  If you can bring in an outside perspective, you may be able to see if these solutions can help your specific organization.  In this exercise we provide participants with a whole room full of perspective and the tools to work through a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis.  We then break into small groups and work through a round of problems.

This session does several things.  You get the chance to express what the real problems you are facing are right now.  You meet with others who are also having problems.   Then, you discuss possible solutions to these problems – things you did to overcome a problem similar to theirs and, just maybe, talk with people who have dealt with problems similar to yours.  Finally, you will meet and confer with people very intensely and possibly build a basis for sharing of ideas,  future collaboration and meeting some of the cool people attending CAST this year.

You might not come away with a solution to your specific problem from this workshop.  You will come away with a tool you can use at the office on Monday to help organize, frame and direct problem-solving, even when information is limited and the time pressure is strong.

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Matthew Heusser

Principal Consultant, Excelon Development
Matt has deep experience in software testing, project management, development, writing, and systems improvement. His extensive network of contacts in these fields has enabled him to put together a diversified, high-level team of experts at Excelon. | | In 2006, Matt was lead organizer for the initial Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, a regional event that continues today. He organized the Agile-Alliance Sponsored Workshop on the... Read More →
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Peter Walen

Conference Chair
Peter Walen has been in software development for over 25 years.  After working many years as a programmer, he moved to software testing and QA.  After dabbling in Project Management and Business Analysis, he returned to software testing, where he has been working since 1999.  He converted to Context Driven testing 2001, rejecting his former heresy and repenting since then. Part of this repentance has been to spread the word... Read More →

Monday August 26, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

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