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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
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Rising Sun Buffet


  • Chilled Orange Juice

  • Seasonal Whole Fruit

  • Fresh from our Kitchen Cheese Omelets (Diced Ham, Sautéed Mushrooms, Onion, Tomato, Green Pepper)

  • Smoked Beef Hash

  • Home-Baked Scones & Muffins with Butter

  • Coffee, Tea or Milk


Monday August 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00am

Registration
Volunteers
avatar for Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes

Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and has previously held the position of Secretary and Director for the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems.  In addition to training, Dawn is... Read More →

Monday August 26, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

Coaching Testers [FULL]
This tutorial teaches you how to coach software testers. In particular, it focuses on coaching testers on skill and developing a questioning mindset. 

A lot of tester training focuses on explaining definitions. It explains testing by pointing to a test methodology, or test case template. 

Experienced testers know though, that there is more to testing than this. Give two testers the same test, one tester will find great bugs while the other struggles to find anything beyond the superficial. 

This is because great testing requires great skill. Part of that skill is learning the ability to ask useful questions. 

The coaching that I do, focuses on improving skill through questioning and practice to develop a deep understanding of testing and how to perform it. 

Specifically coaching can help:


  • Sharpen your reasoning

  • Explain your actions while testing

  • Defend your reasoning 

  • Understand and deal with ambiguity

  • testing concepts 


The coaching model that I use is being developed by myself and James Bach. It uses Socratic questioning to probe the students knowledge, challenging them to think deeper and through practice come to a greater understanding of what testing is as well as how to test in a better way.  

The intent is for the tester to leave coaching feeling enthusiastic about testing, with the motivation to continue self-learning. 

The tutorial will examine the coaching model. In particular we will look at the following: 


  •  Socratic Questioning 

  • Coaching Task 

  • Managing a coaching session

  • Evaluating Coaching


Testers will have the opportunity to observe, analyse and practice and steer coaching sessions throughout the day.

This workshop is suitable for experienced testers and test managers who want to learn how to coach testers either remotely or in a team environment. 

Facilitors
avatar for griffin jones

griffin jones

Consultant, Congruent Compliance and SolutionsIQ
An agile tester, trainer, and coach, Griffin Jones provides consulting on context-driven software testing and regulatory compliance to companies in regulated and unregulated industries. Recently, he was the director of quality and regulatory compliance at iCardiac Technologies which provides core lab services for the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety of their potential new drugs. Griffin was responsible for all matters relating to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Charrett

Anne-Marie Charrett

Test Consultant, Testing Times
Anne-Marie Charrett is a testing coach and trainer with a passion for helping testers discover their testing strengths and become the testers they aspire to be. Anne-Marie offers free IM Coaching to testers and developers on Skype (id charretts) and is is working on a book with James Bach on coaching testers. An electronic engineer by trade, testing discovered Anne-Marie when she started conformance testing to ETSI standards. She was hooked... Read More →


Monday August 26, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

End to End agile Testing
This tutorial offers ideas on how to approach testing a product from beginning to reporting using a flexible methodology.

You have just been assigned to a new testing project. What do you need to do? How can you organize yourself to develop a plan and start testing? How will you report on your progress?

This tutorial is designed to show you multiple methods of approaching new test projects that should enable you to plan, test and report effectively and efficiently. This approach was developed through much trial and error over a 5 year span as a practical implementation of the Heuristic Software Test Model from Rapid Software Testing concepts. Multiple ideas will be shown and the participants will be able to select the methods that can be directly applied or adapted to their own environments.

You will be instructed during hands-on testing of a product from the software being handed to you through to your final report. You will start by creating three raw lists (Product Coverage Outline, Potential Risks, and Test Ideas) that will help ensure high levels of product coverage and also assist, later on, in reporting your test activities. These lists will be referenced to create your initial list of test charters. The use of “advanced” test management tools (Microsoft Excel and Whiteboards with sticky notes) will be discussed and how these can be used to create useful test reports without using “bad metrics” (e.g.: pass/fail counts of test cases, % of test cases executed vs. plan).

You will be able to look forward to your next testing project with these new ideas on how to improve your preparation, your testing, and your test reporting.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →


Monday August 26, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

High Powered Visual Test Design
Many testing organizations are in a rut. Some testers spend a lot of time completing templates generating repetitive ineffective tests while important bugs slip right by. There is little time available to test increasingly complex solutions being developed. Visual test design techniques enable testers to create powerful test cases with less effort. Visual test design is about focusing on what really matters to customers, developers and all project stakeholders

The test design approaches covered include a blend of classical test design methods using applied discrete math, a smattering of statistics and some experience based software engineering techniques. Core to all of these methods is the creation of visual images used to represent and communicate testing focus.

The course starts with using mind maps to identify test variables, and then moves on to visual models used to isolate critical test values using domain analysis, equivalence partitioning and boundary conditions. Storyboards are used to elicit and design usage scenario based tests. Control flow testing is used to isolate critical pathways to test in project workflows, data flows and even source code. Business rules are tested using simple and complex multiple variable decision tables. Transactional and embedded systems are testing with a blend of state model and state table approaches. Interdependent multiple variable testing is approached from two perspectives using Pareto charts for identifying commonly used transaction pathways and then with pairwise combinations using orthogonal arrays.

Delegates will have a chance to apply many of the methods explored in the class by designing and implementing powerful visual tests for Edgy the Lego® MindStorm robot.

Real world case studies and detailed examples help you get started right away. Rob also shows how some simple tools can help generate powerful visual test designs (blending commercial, free and open source tools).

Speakers
avatar for Robert Sabourin

Robert Sabourin

principle consultant (and president/janitor), Amibug
Robert Sabourin has more than thirty years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular... Read More →


Monday August 26, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas H One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

Software Test Attacks for Mobile and Embedded Devices
Today's expectations for many software testers include addressing mobile and embedded devices. Unfortunately for many companies, churning out complex or critical mobile and embedded applications while keeping pace with emerging technologies is fast becoming the norm rather than the exception it was just a few years ago. Competitive pressures place a burden on software testing resources to succeed with shortened project schedules, minimal strategic planning and/or staff new to mobile and embedded software.

In the style of James Whittaker’s Books on breaking software, Jon Hagar and Jean Ann Harrison will provide specific in depth test attacks aimed at uncovering common mobile-embedded software bugs. The session provides an opportunity to gain a basic introduction to a series of attacks which are based on industry error taxonomy. Exercises to test for bugs within software on real devices will give attendees hands-on testing experience. Attacks are applicable to software systems include: mobile-smart phones, medical systems, automotive devices, avionics systems, and industrial devices.

The tutorial is hands on, so bring your mobile devices (smart phones, tablets or any mobile device). Also, we will provide some devices (robots and games) so attendees can practice some attacks. The goal of the session is to give attendees practical test attacks for use on their future mobile and embedded software projects.

Facilitors
avatar for Markus Gärtner

Markus Gärtner

it-agile GmbH
Markus Gärtner works as a testing programmer, trainer, coach, and consultant with it-agile GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Markus, author of ATDD by Example - A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, a student of the work of Jerry Weinberg, founded the German Agile Testing and Exploratory workshop in 2011. He is a black-belt instructor in the Miagi-Do school of Software Testing and contributes to the Softwerkskammer, the Germany Software... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jon Hagar

Jon Hagar

Systems Software Engineer, Grand Software Testing
Jon Hagar is a systems-software engineer and tester consultant supporting software product integrity, verification, and validation with a specialization in embedded and mobile software. Jon has worked in testing for over thirty years. Embedded projects he has supported include: control systems, spacecraft, mobile-smart devices, IT and smart phones. He teaches classes at the professional and college level. Jon publishes regularly with over... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Ann Harrison

Jean-Ann Harrison

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer, Project Realms, Inc.
Jean Ann has been in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance field for over 15 years including 7 years working within a Regulatory Environment and 8 years performing mobile software testing. Her niche is system integration testing with focus multi-tiered system environments involving client/server, web application, and standalone software applications. Mobile software testing includes mobile native apps, mobile hybrid apps, mobile web... Read More →


Monday August 26, 2013 9:00am - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:30am

Break
Monday August 26, 2013 10:30am - 10:50am
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

12:30pm

Lunch - Deli Buffet
Deli Buffet





  • House Salad with Creamy Ranch and Fat-Free French Dressings



  • Home Style Potato Salad



  • Sliced Turkey, Ham, and Egg Salad



  • Assorted Wisconsin Cheeses



  • Sliced Tomato, Onion and Crisp Lettuce



  • Bakery Fresh Kaiser Rolls, Breads and Condiments



  • Potato Chips




Monday August 26, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

3:30pm

Break - Cup Cakes
Piece O’ Cake

A yummy assortment of Cupcakes with Chilled Wisconsin Milk and Fresh Brewed Colombian Coffee

Monday August 26, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

7:00pm

Tester Roundtables: Bring Problems, Discover Solutions at CAST [FULL]
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.

Register Now (limited to 24, must be attending CAST to register)

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Heusser

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 →
avatar for Peter Walen

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

9:00pm

Meet-Up
Stop by State Street Brats for socializing or arrive early and get some dinner.

Monday August 26, 2013 9:00pm - 11:30pm
State Street Brats 603 State St, Madison WI 53703
 
Tuesday, August 27
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Dairyland Buffet


  • Chilled Orange Juice

  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tray

  • Thick Cinnamon French Toast 9Served with Warm Blueberry Compote Warm Syrup and Whipped Butter)

  • Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

  • Sausage Links

  • Petite Muffin Assortment with Butter

  • Coffee, Tea or Milk


Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00am

Registration
Volunteers
avatar for Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes

Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and has previously held the position of Secretary and Director for the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems.  In addition to training, Dawn is... Read More →

Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →



Tuesday August 27, 2013 9:00am - 9:25am
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:25am

Keynote - A House Divided: Lessons Learned from Argument
Can’t we all just get along?” is the famous rhetorical question from Rodney King, lightning rod for a series of 1993 riots in Los Angeles. Police officers who’d beaten him with clubs a year earlier during a traffic stop were pronounced Not Guilty, fueling race rage to no one in particular, and L.A. communities were set ablaze by its own citizens.

In software testing, the riots are invisible, but the rage is out there. Maybe you’ve heard “testing is dead”; “automation will find better bugs”; “don’t bother testing, our customers will”; “we’re moving to a Center of Excellence model”, or “our certified testers are ‘elite’”.  Maybe your outrage is smoldering, triggered by bad management, bad metrics, unethical practices, and an industry that seems bent on replacing testing skill with the latest open-source automation platform.

If there’s anything that’s ever been out there that made you want to argue, but held you back, come vent with Jon in this keynote. As the brother to James Bach -- software testing’s most prominent lightning rod -- Jon’s short answer to the rhetorical “can’t we get along?” is “well, no, we can’t”.  There are good reasons for this: debate forms identity; argument fuels scrutiny; and being “contrary” reveals new problems and opportunities. The basis of the CAST conference was to provide a higher degree of scrutiny and debate – to welcome and foster critical thinking and challenges to speaker content. 

In this keynote, Jon talks about the power of conflict at work and in the software testing community. If “a house divided against itself cannot stand”, then let Jon tell you his opinion on why “good fences make good neighbors.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Bach

Jonathan Bach

Quality Evangelist, eBay Inc.
Jon is a Quality Evangelist at eBay and has been in Software Quality for 20 years. He's known as "Jon the Bug Hunter" as he invites eBay users to send him reports of problems they find on ebay.com. He has a 9-year-old daughter who's active on Animal Jam, Roblox, and Minecraft, finding bugs and issues on her own. Jon is a sporadic blogger at The Dad Report https://dadreport.wordpress.com/



Tuesday August 27, 2013 9:25am - 10:45am
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:45am

Break
Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:45am - 11:05am
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:45am

Expo Open
Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:45am - 4:45pm
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

Exploratory Automated Testing
Director at Large

When most people think of automated tests they picture automating what human testers do in running their tests. Sometimes this is what we desire, but it isn’t the most powerful way to use test automation. ETA is a testing approach that uses the power of the computer to look for bugs that functional testing misses. Unlike regression tests that do the same thing each time they run, exploratory tests do something different each time. The key to this type of testing is the test oracles – checking for abnormal behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Hoffman

Doug Hoffman

BACS, MSEE, MBA, ASQ Fellow, ASQ-CSQE, ASQ-CMQ/OE (quality management), Software Quality Methods, LLC.
Douglas Hoffman is an independent consultant with Software Quality Methods, LLC. He has been in the software engineering and quality assurance fields for over 25 years and now is a management consultant in strategic and tactical planning for software quality. He is past section chairman for the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), past president of the Association for Software Testing (AST), and chairman of... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

Walking skeletons, Butterflies and Islands - an agile testing journey
So you think you're an agile tester? So did I! As it turns out, I've experienced different varieties of "agile" development and the shifting definition of testing in those milieux. I went  from a separate quality department to being involved in most of the sprint activities as a  member of the software product team. Even then, as the team changed and as our situation changed, my testing responded to these changes, becoming a more collaborative experience.

We'll talk about the skills to develop to become a Rockstar Tester in the shifting world of agile software development, which takes flexibility, intellect, judgment, skill, and cooperation with  the folks on your team.

And then there are the minor details of your product's context!

If that intrigues you, come hear the story of how I let go of being "the lone tester" and became the testing teacher and coach for my team. Bring your curiosity and some tough questions for me. The don't call it Open Season for nothing!

Facilitors
avatar for Markus Gärtner

Markus Gärtner

it-agile GmbH
Markus Gärtner works as a testing programmer, trainer, coach, and consultant with it-agile GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Markus, author of ATDD by Example - A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, a student of the work of Jerry Weinberg, founded the German Agile Testing and Exploratory workshop in 2011. He is a black-belt instructor in the Miagi-Do school of Software Testing and contributes to the Softwerkskammer, the Germany Software... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Moss

Claire Moss

Agile Tester, VersionOne
Software testing speaker, workshop facilitator, author, and blogger. Agile software tester working closely with product development team. I help teams to craft more testable user stories. Testing teacher, unit and integration test review and advisement, exploratory testing coach. Exploratory tester and test automator. | Claire Moss has always had a passion for writing, which might be a strange trait for a discrete mathematician, but that... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

What is software engineering and craftsmanship? And why should I, as a tester, care?
This session is will focus on practical tips for keeping automated tests more flexible and maintainable. Attendees will learn key ideas from software engineering and craftsmanship movements (such as  abstraction, the Single Responsibility Principle, Don't Repeat Yourself and Clean Code) and then apply them to test design and automation.

We'll finish out this session with examples of how testers can further use these concepts to become an effective pair with coders throughout the development lifecycle. You'll leave this session with practical knowledge on applying software craftsmanship principles to test automation--and you'll be a step further to the elusive goal of being a generalizing specialist on a truly cross-functional team.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb

VP Org Design Services, LeanDog
Matt (@mattbarcomb) is a product development specialist with a penchant for organization design. He works with companies to turn software development into a core competency by integrating product development activities with business practices. Matt takes a pragmatic, systems approach to improvement, working with stakeholders throughout medium and large organizations. He has experience working with product management and software delivery teams as... Read More →
avatar for Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes

Director of Engineering for Test Studio, Telerik
Jim Holmes is the Director of Engineering for Test Studio at Telerik. He has over 25 years in the IT field in positions including PC technician, WAN manager, customer relations manager, developer, and yes, tester. Jim has held jobs in the US Air Force, DOD sector, the software consulting domain, and commercial software product sectors. He’s been a long-time advocate of test automation and has delivered software on a wide range of platforms... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

Transforming an entire corporate testing organization
The entire approach toward software testing was drastically transformed at a major health insurance company over the past year. In 2010, Brian Demers was hired to guide “transformational change” in the testing department at Premera Blue Cross based near Seattle, WA.

Brian explains the successes and failures that he had over the past three years. He talks about what worked, what didn’t work and the steps that eventually brought him to his decision to train his entire test department and their management in a different approach to software testing.

Paul Holland, an independent software consultant and teacher, was brought in to help Brian with the transformation. Paul taught the Rapid Software Testing class to the ~70 testers, four test managers, and the test director. He helps Brian explain this success story from the viewpoint of the facilitator and teacher.

Brian and Paul explain how the test teams were trained, how the teams were involved after the training to get their buy-in to the implementation, what improvements have been seen and how difficulties were overcome.

 

 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Demers

Brian Demers

Quality Assurance Manager, Premera Blue Cross
I have been involved in Software Testing for the past 12 years and have worked in a variety of industries and company sizes. I have been in the trenches doing black, white and grey box testing and have fought for test automation and streamlining not only QA but SDLC processes. I have held numerous positions leading small and large teams of testers, developers, PM’s and UX and BA roles in both Agile and Waterfall environments.
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

12:20pm

Lunch - Heart of Italy Buffet
Heart of Italy Buffet





  • Traditional Caesar & Caprese Salads



  • Parmesan Chicken atop Tomato Ragout



  • Baked Rigatoni Alfredo.



  • Assorted Pizzas with



  • Fresh Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese



  • Fresh Vegetable Blend.




Board of Directors
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

How to find good testers in the rust belt
This is an experience report from a test manager discussions the hiring of testers over the past eight years in a tertiary market with details on what has and has not worked for me (so you can get ideas that might work for you).  If you don't happen to work in one of the top 10 tech markets and you still need to hire testers, this session is for you.

 

This session will offer the following key takeaways:





  • Why there aren't enough testers out there (who know they are testers).



  • The pros and cons of different backgrounds (yes, including CS majors) and why each made good candidates for me.



  • Why hiring based on abilities and mindset over credentials and degrees can lead to good candidates in the door, why this likely means "losing" more people to other departments, and why it's OK to stop being so greedy.



  • Ways to change your “getting applications in” process or "How to keep HR from throwing out all the good candidates".



  • Why you need to get out and hunt down candidates instead of hoping they find you.




Speakers
avatar for Erik Davis

Erik Davis

Manager of Testing, Hyland Software, Inc.
Erik is currently responsible for the overall testing effort of a team of 170 testers. He owns, reviews, and finds ways to improve the way testing is done including; bringing new ideas to the team, finding ways to engage testers in testing as a career, and building a stronger community for testers in the Northeastern Ohio region. Erik is a sometimes speaker, blogger, and participant in online tester communities. He is the founder of NOTiCE... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Utter failures and lessons remained unlearned
In an ideal world we would happily go along and collect experiences. These experiences would lead to learning and every mistake creates a lesson learned upon which we fine-tune our actions.

My experience, however, is that I sometimes utterly fail. There are times where I don’t even know what the lesson is I could learn from. The state I am in is one of confusion. Confusion can either be paralyzing or a starting point for a deeper learning experience, which is not a straightforward matter but a complex long-term path.

During this session I will explore some of my own failures and identify patterns that lead to them. I also want to include the experiences of the audience and engage in a discussion about failures and what came out of them.

Speakers
avatar for Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Manager Productivity & Test Engineering Europe, eBay
Ilari Henrik Aegerter manages the core testing team of Productivity & Test Engineering Europe group at the world's biggest online marketplace eBay where he is supported by magnificent test professionals. He is the president of the International Society for Software Testing where he tries to change how software testing is done in the world. | | Quite some time ago he became a software tester by pure chance because he urgently needed a job... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Building and running a company focused on exploratory and context-driven testing [EXTENDED]
In this talk, I will be sharing my personal experience of how I have been building and running my company focused on context driven and exploratory testing successful so far, which is obvious from the title. However, the non obvious things I would be sharing are

How money can trouble the vision of being context driven? ( and how I fixed it) [so that future tester entrepreneurs don’t need to fall into the same trap]
    How we told our customers "We don't do scripted testing"? (and still continue to get business)

How I made bold decisions of pulling out of a business when it does not align to context driven testing? (How it meant more business)
    How to help customers understand the value we are bringing to them? (and how we need to improve on it)
    The challenge of creating context driven testers (and how we are solving it)

How I see the context driven testing community is changing? (and not changing, too)

What unity can do to this community? (and why we aren’t there yet)

What is this community doing wrong? (and why I think I need to present at CAST)

I don’t just have these questions but also answers to it, presented in a form of story mixed with presenting live examples. Here is how I think about it - this presentation is a reflection of what the context driven testing community has done to me and how I am taking the impact to the world.

Facilitors
avatar for griffin jones

griffin jones

Consultant, Congruent Compliance and SolutionsIQ
An agile tester, trainer, and coach, Griffin Jones provides consulting on context-driven software testing and regulatory compliance to companies in regulated and unregulated industries. Recently, he was the director of quality and regulatory compliance at iCardiac Technologies which provides core lab services for the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety of their potential new drugs. Griffin was responsible for all matters relating to... Read More →

Speakers
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Pradeep Soundararajan

Kung Fu Panda, Moolya Software Testing Private Limited
Pradeep Soundararajan has had a great journey so far. Starting his career as a tester, he moved to becoming an independent consultant and then to co-founding Moolya (www.moolya.com) travelling around the world while doing it. His journey wasn’t smooth; he also went bankrupt many times but never gave up on the mission to change the world of software testing. He is the KungFu Panda of Moolya where he Heads the Marketing and Sales. He thinks... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Human-Scale Test Automation [EXTENDED]
I've spent the last ten years implementing automation stacks of one form or another. Most of them have been useful. Some have even continued until be useful after I left the team. In helping all these teams converge on a stack that works for them, I've found two constants: every stack is different, and finding the right stack is hard! All those implementation details get in the way, even when we're confident we've abstracted them all away.  In this workshop we'll experience this firsthand: we'll figure out the "right" set of customer actions, implement them in an automation stack where we are the various components, and then execute a few test cases and see what we learn.

Speakers
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Michael Hunter

Senior SDET, Microsoft
While studying architecture in Chicago, IL, I took an internship updating CAD drawings at a major Chicago bank. My desire to make the computer do most of the work turned that internship into a full-time job writing applications for the CAD system as well as for other areas of the bank. At the same time, a major CAD company was looking for people fluent in both CAD and programming - a perfect fit with my experience. The collaboration proved... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

3:00pm

Exploratory combinatorial testing
The promise of Combinatorial Test Design is that, when used thoughtfully, it often results in:



  • Increased variation between tests (which helps find more bugs),

  • Decreased repetition between tests (which improves tester productivity)

  • Very efficient coverage of user-specified thoroughness goals (which helps testers maximize both their thoroughness and efficiency).


The reality is rarely so straightforward.  Particularly when Exploratory Testers try to apply this test design approach. 

In this presentation, Justin Hunter:


  • Expands upon concepts that have been laid out by Jon Bach and Rob Sabourin

  • Acknowledges "the elephant in the room" (e.g., that practitioners often use Combinatorial Test Design methods to try to create highly-detailed test scripts, which is a repugnant goal for Exploratory Testers)

  • Describes practical ways that testers have successfully blended Exploratory Testing strategies and Combinatorial Test design

  • Highlights some of the significant challenges that Exploratory Testers face when applying Combinatorial Test design


Key ideas/outcomes you want to share with the attendees:



  • Combinatorial test design strategies can be used in many more places than Exploratory Testers probably realize

  • These strategies can successfully be applied at the "test charter" level in addition to the test case level 

  • Combinations can create engagement through priming effects






Speakers
avatar for Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter

CEO, Hexawise
Justin Hunter, Founder and CEO of Hexawise, is a test design specialist who grew up in the fine town of Madison, Wisconsin who has enjoyed teaching testers on six continents how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their test case selection approaches. The improbably circuitous career path that led him into the software testing field included working as a securities lawyer based in London and launching Asia's first internet-based stock... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

3:00pm

Teaching the Next Generation: Developing the SummerQAmp Curriculum
Imagine that you have a group of students, between the ages of 16-­24. Imagine that these students have traditionally come from backgrounds and environments where technology and science has not been a prominent factor in their lives. Now imagine an initiative aimed at helping those same students being given an opportunity to participate in an internship program where they test software. What would you want to have them learn? How quickly? In what format? What can we do to have these interns be both excited about what they learn, and want to carry that knowledge forward as a career?


Actually, we don’t have to imagine. This program exists, and is happening now. The program is called SummerQAmp, and the participants are 16-­24 year old students, many from non  technical backgrounds, looking to develop skills towards software testing and quality assurance. AST and the Education Special Interest group took the lead in working with the SummerQAmp program to develop the training materials. We are, right now, actively creating the materials to be used for 2013. Through numerous revisions, a lot of collaboration, and comparing notes with many software testing professionals, we sought to answer one over-­arching question...“What did we wish we knew about software testing when we were younger?”


This talk looks to share the decisions we made, the materials we chose to use, the questions we asked and the answers we found, as well as both the positive and negative feedback we received in the process. Our hope is that these materials can be used as a model to help teach the next generation of software testers, and go beyond just the SummerQAmp participants.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Socialtext
I'm a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext in Palo Alto, CA. I have been active in software testing for the past two decades, working with companies ranging from networking hardware, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, legal, entertainment, and social software applications. I am the Chair of the Education Special Interest Group for the Association for Software Testing, and have focused on education... Read More →



Tuesday August 27, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:15pm

Break - Milk and Cookies
Fresh Baked Homemade Assortment of Brownies, Bars and Cookies with Chilled Cartons of Wisconsin Milk and Fresh Brewed Colombian Coffee.

Sponsors
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and... Read More →
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Jean-Ann Harrison

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer, Project Realms, Inc.
Jean Ann has been in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance field for over 15 years including 7 years working within a Regulatory Environment and 8 years performing mobile software testing. Her niche is system integration testing with focus multi-tiered system environments involving client/server, web application, and standalone software applications. Mobile software testing includes mobile native apps, mobile hybrid apps, mobile web... Read More →
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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 →
avatar for Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Socialtext
I'm a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext in Palo Alto, CA. I have been active in software testing for the past two decades, working with companies ranging from networking hardware, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, legal, entertainment, and social software applications. I am the Chair of the Education Special Interest Group for the Association for Software Testing, and have focused on education... 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 →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:45pm

5 Unconventional traits of extraordinary testers
There are a lot of ways to get training in testing skills, strategies, and tools, and there are a lot of very capable testers out there. However, there are some testers who stand out from the crowd of even the experienced and trained, regardless of changes in technology or domain. These are professionals who are not only leaders, but also innovators and enablers. They stick in your head as remarkable in their approaches and their accomplishments. What do they do that is so different?

If we look at findings from the fields of psychology, organizational behavior, art, and medical innovations, a number of counterintuitive traits turn out to be quite valuable. These characteristics of extraordinary testers are not typically part of the traditional skill sets we talk about, for testers, yet they have been shown to provide great value in these other fields:



  • Understanding the value of being wrong

  • Daring to disagree

  • Being able to “See by forgetting the names of things”

  • Benefiting from ignorance

  • Building acceptance across users and teams


These are not things that make us comfortable and they are not easy. They are part of what many testers may feel uneasy about despite believing they are vital to our contributions to our projects.

We will look at evidence from recent TED talks, artist biographies, and popular science writers that explain how these traits can be used to take your confidence and influence as a tester to new levels, or help you come to terms with the tremendous value you can get from the traits you already have in these directions!

Key ideas:
Understanding the value of these unconventional traits, both for yourself and for other testers, and for building team soft skills How these traits contribute to project success and support critical non-traditional testing influence, particularly in “agile” / “nimble” environments here to find these traits in unexpected people and places.

Speakers
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Heather Tinkham

Senior Consultant (Currently Acting QA Manager, Networkfleet), ObjectPartners, Inc.
As a passionate, experienced IT business and quality analyst, I have logged over 25 years finding ways to improve projects and to help teams deliver successful systems. I am constantly seeking new insights and practices to better handle the challenges we all face, subjecting them to critical and objective scrutiny before believing the hype. I believe in finding creative ways to move projects forward, while respecting the team I work with and... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:45pm

Making learning my top priority
In this experience report I will talk about how actively trying to prioritize learning helped me overcome the fear of failing, as well as skyrocketed my development as a tester. It's a story that starts with me bailing out from a major test conference, scared of being perceived as a lousy tester, and ends with me being a presenter on a similar conference one year later. I will walk you through my actions and decisions. Actions like setting up a development plan and adding small challenges to all my learning activities. Decisions like not accepting my own excuses. It's been an amazing adventure so far, I hope I can inspire and help you experience it too!

Facilitors
avatar for Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Ilari Henrik Aegerter

Manager Productivity & Test Engineering Europe, eBay
Ilari Henrik Aegerter manages the core testing team of Productivity & Test Engineering Europe group at the world's biggest online marketplace eBay where he is supported by magnificent test professionals. He is the president of the International Society for Software Testing where he tries to change how software testing is done in the world. | | Quite some time ago he became a software tester by pure chance because he urgently needed a job... Read More →

Speakers
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Erik Brickarp

Software Tester, Verisure Innovations AB
Erik Brickarp is a passionate software tester, working for Verisure Innovations AB in Sweden. Two years ago he almost gave up his career in the software testing business but the discovery of context driven testing saved him. Today he's an active blogger and enthusiastic software testing thinker.


Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:45pm

Testing under Pressure
For most of us, testing shares more in common with emergency response than with airplane maintenance. In a perfect world we’d check the torque on every bolt, and leave the runway with 100% certainty every flight. Most testers don’t have that luxury; we’re thrown at problems, and have to solve them as quickly as we can, with whatever tools we have. We’re expected to quickly understand new contexts, to deal with high pressure, low resources, and rapidly evolving situations. I’ll be comparing my experience as a firefighter to my experience with testing. We have to imagine the worst case: we enter a scene with little or no information, an urgency of action, and limited resources. It’s imperative to get in and out quickly, to prioritize the critical, high impact response, and to handle whatever unexpected challenges the job is going to throw at you. Every situation is different, and there’s never enough information, so how do you prepare for the unknown?

Speakers
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Geoff Loken

Quality Analyst, Athabasca University
I'm currently charged with the oversight of software testing at the Athabasca University. Before that I spent a bit of time doing testing at Bioware, out of Edmonton. In my copious spare time I train, blog, and attend conferences about QA, and will be speaking for the second time at CAST this year. I have an MA in History, so I came into testing through the back door, and spend a lot of surplus energy thinking about advanced education, and how... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:45pm

Tailoring Your Testing Timespan
We all want to test with “brain engaged”, right?  But what engages your brain? Software testing offers a range of problems and goals of all sizes. Sometimes you can feel like the job is too small and claustrophobic, or else vast and confusing. The right size problem engages your brain at maximum capacity.

The timeframe of the goals you share with your boss, your timespan of discretion, determines how you feel. You may need tighter feedback loops and more oversight, or larger goals and more discretion. Your team may need different size goals to suit each individual’s capacity.

This session will help you discover the timespan of your testing, see if it works for you, and tailor your shared goals to find the right size ones to strive toward. With these ideas you and your team can stay “brain engaged”.

Facilitors
avatar for griffin jones

griffin jones

Consultant, Congruent Compliance and SolutionsIQ
An agile tester, trainer, and coach, Griffin Jones provides consulting on context-driven software testing and regulatory compliance to companies in regulated and unregulated industries. Recently, he was the director of quality and regulatory compliance at iCardiac Technologies which provides core lab services for the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety of their potential new drugs. Griffin was responsible for all matters relating to... Read More →

Speakers
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Geordie Keitt

Software Testing Manager, ProChain Solutions
Geordie Keitt has been testing software full-time since 1995. He apprenticed under James and Jon Bach at Satisfice, Inc. in 2001. He was one of the first testers to implement context-driven testing and session-based test management in the federal government sector (FCC spectrum auctions) in 2003-2004. For several years he has tested Critical Chain project management software for the good folks at ProChain Solutions, Inc.



Tuesday August 27, 2013 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

6:00pm

Reception
Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

6:15pm

'CAST Live'
“CAST Live” is a show broadcast live each evening following the close of the conference. CAST Live is hosted by Benjamin Yaroch and joining Ben this year will be Paul Holland. Each night Ben and Paul will recap that days events, interview influential testers, and discuss all things testing.

Join our live studio audience in Ballroom AB or via the webCAST.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →



Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

6:15pm

Lightning Talks
Want to do a lightning talk? A lightning talk is 5 minutes or less, no slides, just you and the audience. All we need is your name, email address, and talk title. Best 3 talks take the main stage on Wed afternoon.

Propose a Talk Now

Stop by the registration desk when you get to Madison.

Volunteers
avatar for Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes

Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and has previously held the position of Secretary and Director for the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems.  In addition to training, Dawn is... Read More →

Tuesday August 27, 2013 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00pm

Experience Report Primer - An ER on ERs
Simply put this is an experience report (ER) on experience reports.  Rob Sabourin will share an approach used to construct many different types of experience reports.  See examples of short five minute lightning talks, framed professional conference experience reports and open ended peer conference experience reports.

Rob will demonstrate by example sharing experience reports about experience reports.

If this is the first conference you've attended that uses the ER method then this primer will help you understand the dynamics of an ER. If you plan to give an ER in the future this session will provide insights into ways you can better share your story and help your audience draw wonderful lessons from your experience.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Sabourin

Robert Sabourin

principle consultant (and president/janitor), Amibug
Robert Sabourin has more than thirty years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular... Read More →


Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00pm

Testing Competition
Special thanks to Michael Kelly, Jason Vasquez, and DeveloperTown for running and sponsoring this event.

We will allow submissions until early AM, so you have all night to find the best bug and win possibly win a prize.

Sponsors
avatar for Jason Vasquez

Jason Vasquez

Partner, DeveloperTown
Tester Competition Committee
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Michael Kelly

Partner, DeveloperTown
I'll be the Tester Competition Chair for CAST 2013.


Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00pm

Testing Games
Join us for a CAST tradition, tester games. Test your testing abilities with dice and card games.

Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:00pm

Meet-Up
Join us after hours at the Great Dane Brew Pub for drinks, socializing, and games.

Beer Selection

Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:00pm - Wednesday August 28, 2013 2:00am
Great Dane Brew Pub 123 E. Doty Street, Madison, WI
 
Wednesday, August 28
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Country Buffet


  • Chilled Orange Juice

  • Wisconsin Cheese and Chive Scrambled Eggs

  • Apple Smoked Bacon

  • Rosemary Wedge Potatoes

  • Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

  • Ketchup Compote

  • Coffee, Tea or Milk


Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:00am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:00am - 9:25am
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

9:25am

Keynote - Introspective Retrospectives: Lessons Learned and Re-Learned
Using retrospectives and extracting lessons learned are common tools teams use to evaluate a work effort and come up with ideas about what to do again, what to avoid, and what to do differently. This can be a fabulous opportunity to explore processes, team dynamics, organizational influences, external factors, personnel issues, management strategies, guidelines and procedures, tool support, skills, and anything else that contributed to the team’s success or failure in achieving their goals. But far too often, lessons learned exercises are forfeited due to lack of time, priority, or interest. Even more tragic is when the time is spent improperly – playing the blame game, venting sessions with no action, gathering data for performance appraisals, etc. – retrospectives can become demoralizing, cause people to participate poorly or even avoid the exercise altogether.

Overall, turning the critical eye toward our own work, analyzing our own failures and shortcomings, can be a difficult task. So I suggest we do it more! Especially if retrospectives and lessons learned sessions are not done or done poorly on your projects. Let’s perform personal retrospectives! We can file bugs and perform assessments on ourselves. What we discover can inspire change and personal evolution (and sometimes revolution!) leading to things like establishing favored protocols, reducing unproductive habits, seeing and avoiding traps, finding skill and knowledge gaps, identifying the need for mentorship or opportunities to mentor others, or whatever else you need to become the best master craftsman you can be.

In this session, Dawn will illustrate how she has used introspective retrospectives throughout her career to learn from her experiences – not only to improve personally, but to generate lessons learned to share in coaching and mentoring sessions, conferences presentations, consulting engagements, and training courses. What will you learn, or re-learn?  

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes

Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and has previously held the position of Secretary and Director for the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems.  In addition to training, Dawn is... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:25am - 10:45am
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:45am

Break
Wednesday August 28, 2013 10:45am - 11:05am
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:45am

Expo Open
Wednesday August 28, 2013 10:45am - 4:45pm
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

An Ongoing Journey of Testing Mentorship
Rob Bowyer’s experience as a life-long learner and tester suggests that the mentorship relationship is fundamental to the learning journey; whether specifically applied to personal learning, professional development or introspection and personal improvement. As a QA Manager, Rob has found himself in the role of the Mentor as well as Mentee.

Sabina Simons, a young, enthusiastic and intelligent “first-job” tester has proven herself to be Rob’s Mentee with “Rock Star” potential.

In this presentation, Rob and Sabina share with you the highlights of their Mentoring story to date.  Hear about Rob’s challenges, successes & evolution as a Mentor as well as Sabina’s perspective on her testing challenges and what she believes she has learned specifically due to their mentoring model, the value of that learning, the challenges she has faced and how she has evolved as both a tester and as a Mentee.

If you are, or would like to be, a Mentor or a Mentee you will not want to miss this session. Bring your critical thinking caps for the Q & A section to pick their brains, share your similar or dissimilar experiences and/or share your tips related to what they can expect during the next chapter of their Mentorship story.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bowyer

Rob Bowyer

Qaulity Assurance Manager, eSolutions Group
Rob has been helping people and teams test software in a rapid and cognitive manner for over a decade. As a coach and leader, Rob focuses on mentorship and enabling testers to succeed. With a strong foundation in the context driven school of testing Rob has had experience in a wide variety of domains – including healthcare, mobile, education and municipal. | In his own back yard, Rob maintains a stewardship role in his local software quality... Read More →
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Sabina Simons

Software Tester, Desire2Learn Inc.
I'm an enthusiastic software tester living in Waterloo (ON), Canada and working as a software tester for Desire2Learn Inc. I always look forward to talking about and learning about better ways to test software among other things. I like understanding abstract concepts and applying them in a real-world situation.


Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

Elephant Whisperer inspired lessons learned in Software Testing in South Africa
A selection of lessons learned in software testing in the Financial Service industry in South Africa is compared to the experiences of a conservationist. The conservationist undertakes the mammoth task of settling a herd of badly behaved, traumatised elephants onto a private game reserve.  The size and complexity of a test environment, the execution and reporting techniques used and the development of context driven and exploratory testing principles and philosophies are explored.  Cindy Carless uses the deeply moving and entertaining account of settling the elephants while allowing them to remain wild to support her philosophy.  She asserts that the real value of software testing is to provide meaningful information to decision makers.  This information is used to determine the readiness of the software to add value to the business it is being used to support and enhance.

Speakers
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Cindy Carless

Test Analyst, Micro to Mainframe
Cindy Carless is new to the software testing field and is enjoying being exposed to the new skills and philosophies that so resonate with her. She has experienced a diverse career that started with a BCom qualification that took her into Financial Management. She then moved into soft skills training in honour of her passion for people development and finally into IT via a development house and a configuration and QA manager role. A role in... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

Mind Maps - a practical, lean, visual tool for test planning & reporting
This session describes how I use mind mapping software as a lean test management tool to model the software, organise and manage the testing activities, and report on the testing story to date.

The biggest threats to lean systems testing are the way testing artefacts are traditionally produced and the prevalence of pre-scripted tests.

I propose an alternative using James Bach's Heuristic Test Strategy Model as the skeleton for a visual model of the software under test. By using this skeleton to ask questions and as a prompt to learn more about the application, I build a model of the application under test. I will
demonstrate how I can use the map as a tool to aid with test estimation, and how it can be used to give testing transcripts context and communicate certain aspects of the testing story visually.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Hodder

Aaron Hodder

Senior Test Analyst, Assurity Consulting Limited
Aaron Hodder hails from Wellington, New Zealand where he works for Assurity Consulting Ltd to develop and deliver new and innovative testing practices to better suit the demands of modern day software development. | | Aaron is a passionate software tester with a particular enthusiasm for visual test modelling and structured exploratory testing techniques. He regularly blogs and tweets about testing, and is a co-founder of Wellington Testing... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

11:05am

What is good evidence
By marshaling credible and persuasive evidence, influential testers answer three basic questions: How good is the product? What testing did you do? Why is the testing any good? Feeble evidence and the behaviors associated with it are common testing maladies and threats to your ability to tell a compelling story. What are the qualities of strong evidence, and the anti-patterns and risks of weak evidence?

Griffin Jones presents the different qualities and types of evidence. We review threats to the credibility and persuasiveness of your work, such as:  The danger of false-negative results reported as “pass - as expected”, “Lullaby Language” as an anti-pattern of Lean’s Genchi Genbutsu (go-and-see), the danger of obsessing on efficiency and how it biases the observer. Finally, we show how over-scripted procedures can superficially conceal fatal evidentiary flaws. Be intentional and critical about the type and quality of your evidence. Leave with the skills to recognize and evaluate the dangers and risks, strengths and weaknesses of the evidence you use for your testing story.

Speakers
avatar for griffin jones

griffin jones

Consultant, Congruent Compliance and SolutionsIQ
An agile tester, trainer, and coach, Griffin Jones provides consulting on context-driven software testing and regulatory compliance to companies in regulated and unregulated industries. Recently, he was the director of quality and regulatory compliance at iCardiac Technologies which provides core lab services for the pharmaceutical industry to evaluate the safety of their potential new drugs. Griffin was responsible for all matters relating to... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 11:05am - 12:20pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

12:20pm

Lunch - Bucky’s Tailgate Buffet
Bucky’s Tailgate Buffet





  • Wisconsin Waldorf Salad 



  • Home-Style Potato Salad



  • Fresh Vegetable and Relish Tray



  • Beer Boiled Johnsonville Bratwurst with Wisconsin Sauerkraut and Chopped Fresh Onion



  • Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast



  • Fresh Sliced Tomato and Crisp Lettuce



  • Wisconsin Calico Baked Beans



  • Condiments and Buns





We will announce the newly elected board members and the testing competition award winners.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

Partner, DeveloperTown
I'll be the Tester Competition Chair for CAST 2013.
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Famous software failures and what we can learn from them
Death, injury, and physical harm.  Loss of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.  World-wide and even galaxy-wide embarrassment.  These are just a few of the consequences of some of the more famous software failures over the last couple of decades.  These failures have  received general interest press attention in the past, but have rarely been analyzed to understand how a rigorous testing process could have had an impact on the failure. 

Peter examines six publicized software failures, and discusses how effective testing may have brought about a different outcome.  He details the circumstances surrounding these failures, and offers lessons to testers on the importance of certain aspects of testing and evaluating the quality of critical applications.  By studying known failures and their causes, we can
add value to our own quality programs to help ensure we don't become a character in a future "famous software failure."

Speakers
avatar for Peter Varhol

Peter Varhol

Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics, having authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. He has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology. His past roles include technology journalist, software product manager, software developer and tester, and university professor.


Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Relationship Woes: Trials of Testers & CEOs
The relationship between business leadership (aka upper management) and testing teams is a challenging one. These teams often seem at odds in the struggle to deliver both quality and value.

Dee Ann is a Tester. Manuel is a Business Leader.

In this session we will share stories and discuss the dynamics of this often tumultuous relationship. We believe there are a number of common misconceptions and stereotypes that prevent people in these roles from communicating their needs effectively. But this relationship doesn’t have to be so strained.

We will tackle the problems that people in these roles face as they work together. The purpose of this session is to provide ideas for constructive communication, productive deliverables, and an improved understanding of the perspectives of the people in these vibrant and vital roles.

Speakers
avatar for Manuel Mattke

Manuel Mattke

CEO, Hydra Insight LLC
Manuel Mattke leads the product development company Hydra Insight. Hydra works with companies of all sizes on developing product strategies for mobile and web products, and supports the development and launch process end-to-end. Hydra is also developing (and currently beta-testing) an innovation management platform for small and medium-size companies. Manuel founded and sold Apex Digital Systems, a custom software company, co-founded PicPocket... Read More →
avatar for Dee Ann Pizzica

Dee Ann Pizzica

Sr. Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Dee Ann Pizzica is a software tester in the Chicago area. She is currently employed at Salesforce, where she works remote with a fantastic Indianapolis-based team. Dee Ann has been exploring the software industry for over ten years. She is an active member of the Association for Software Testing since 2007. She served two terms on the AST board of directors, holding executive committee positions as both Executive Vice President and... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

How do you solve problems? [EXTENDED]
I bet you solve problems well and often. That seems to be something that testers just do. But do you know how you do it ? Do you think others do the same or solve things better than you ?
We can only learn this from studying it, and that’s exactly what we will do here.

I will bring you some testing problems, and we will divide ourselves into groups - some will observe, some will try to solve the problems. Then we will bring it all together to see if we can learn something about how we solve problems, but there just might also be something about which problems we should solve, or even can solve. And then what ?

Prepare for some fun.

What can you risk to (re-)learn from this:
• Learning problems can be frustrating but also fun
• We might need some human skills, not just logic
• Understanding problems is pretty much the key. Sometimes we cannot see the forest for the trees -
and we need to be reminded of that pretty often.

Facilitors
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →

Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

1:30pm

Quality Leader: the changing role of a software tester [EXTENDED]
4 years ago my company reorganized into product units, and my QA manager position became obsolete. The new reality was not comfortable at first, until, some time and practice later I recognized that my test manager/strategist skills are equally important and applicable to the new role of a tester on the multidisciplinary team. That synthesis emerged into a new role of a "peer leader" which I later identified as a new trend -- through conversations with coaches and thought leaders of our industry. Quality Leader skills are in demand now, and, as I foresee, will be in even higher demand in the future.

I firmly believe that an advancement of the testing profession is calling for leaders, fully versed in testing strategies, equipped with the knowledge of psychology and team dynamics, who know how to utilize all available resources to optimize product delivery.  Quality Leaders are motivators and educators who can transform every team member into the quality advocate.

No matter which position you hold now, if you are a member of a team that delivers software products, you will need to advance yourself in order to advance the team to the next level of productivity. To be successful in this endeavor, you have to evaluate your current position and what sets you aside, make an analysis on what the team needs and in what ways you can add most value. We will discuss what's unique about the role that makes it an ideal fit for the context-driven test professional, and what skills are needed to succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

3:00pm

Testing when software must work
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena California develops unmanned spacecraft to explore our solar system. Each of the spacecraft is unique and its software is unique. Spacecraft are limited systems with a finite amount of power, fuel, data storage, etc. The various spacecraft have their own flight software that commands it and ground software that evaluates the commands that are sent to the spacecraft to make sure that they do not damage the spacecraft. All of this software is extensively tested because if it doesn’t work, the spacecraft could be destroyed. Not only would billions of dollars be lost, but the scientific discoveries that the spacecraft would obtain are lost as well. Software testing is crucial and the lesson learned is “Test as you fly; Fly as you test”. What that slogan means varies depending on the type of software involved. This presentation will discuss the various types of software and the types of testing required to be able to assert that the software is tested as you fly and the spacecraft software is flown as you test. In addition, videos of the spacecraft and its mission will be shown to help with understanding the task and to demonstrate how the various types of software are used, and tested as well as the goals/purposes of that software.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Streiffert

Barbara Streiffert

System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Barbara Streiffert is a Senior Systems and Software Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) specializing in the development of software approaches for use in ground data systems for spacecraft missions. She has worked in all aspects of systems and software development for commercial, military and aerospace projects. She is currently the Test Engineer for the Multi-Mission Software that supports over 19 applications including spacecraft... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Hall of Ideas G One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

3:00pm

Lessons Learned since the Four Schools
It has been 11 years since Lessons Learned in Software Testing has been published, and about the same time since the concept of the four schools in software testing came up. Since then a lot of things happened with the advent of more and more agile methodologies, online courses like the black-box software testing series, and the recent advances in web technology.

But what does that tell us about the future in software testing? With the different advances in both technology and business, testers nowadays face many challenges. Some of them hint towards a difficult future in testing, some of them make testing a bright spot in the future to come. After eleven years, it's time to take a look back, and see where we struggle, and where we shine, and how to advance from here.

You will learn about the concept of the four schools in software testing, where the model helped to advance our craft, and where it has not, and possible next steps for the future. You will walk away from this presentation with new things to think about.

Speakers
avatar for Markus Gärtner

Markus Gärtner

it-agile GmbH
Markus Gärtner works as a testing programmer, trainer, coach, and consultant with it-agile GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Markus, author of ATDD by Example - A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development, a student of the work of Jerry Weinberg, founded the German Agile Testing and Exploratory workshop in 2011. He is a black-belt instructor in the Miagi-Do school of Software Testing and contributes to the Softwerkskammer, the Germany Software... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:15pm

Break - Babcock Hall Sundae Bar
Hand Scooped Babcock Hall Vanilla Ice Cream made right here in Madison. Your choice of toppings to include: Hot Fudge & Caramel Sauces, Sliced Strawberries, Spanish Peanuts, Maraschino Cherries, M&M Pieces, Fresh Banana Slices and Fresh Whipped Cream Served with Fresh Brewed Colombian Coffee

Sponsors
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Ann Harrison

Jean-Ann Harrison

Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer, Project Realms, Inc.
Jean Ann has been in the Software Testing and Quality Assurance field for over 15 years including 7 years working within a Regulatory Environment and 8 years performing mobile software testing. Her niche is system integration testing with focus multi-tiered system environments involving client/server, web application, and standalone software applications. Mobile software testing includes mobile native apps, mobile hybrid apps, mobile web... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Heusser

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 →
avatar for Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Socialtext
I'm a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext in Palo Alto, CA. I have been active in software testing for the past two decades, working with companies ranging from networking hardware, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, legal, entertainment, and social software applications. I am the Chair of the Education Special Interest Group for the Association for Software Testing, and have focused on education... Read More →
avatar for Peter Walen

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 →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Capitol Promenade One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

4:45pm

Best of the Lightning Talks
Best of the lightning talks, the top three talks from Tuesday night will take the stage.

Facilitors
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Dawn Haynes

Dawn Haynes

Senior Trainer and Consultant, PerfTestPlus
Dawn Haynes is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for PerfTestPlus, and has previously held the position of Secretary and Director for the Association for Software Testing. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, she blends experience and humor to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems.  In addition to training, Dawn is... Read More →

Wednesday August 28, 2013 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

5:15pm

Lessons Learned at CAST
Rob and Scott will share with you their lessons learned at CAST 2013. This is sure to be an energetic tour de force of this year's conference and you won't want to miss it.

 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Barber

Scott Barber

Chief Technologist, President and CEO, PerfTestPlus
Scott Barber is viewed by many as the world’s most prominent thought-leader in the area of software system performance testing and as a respected leader in the advancement of the understanding and practice of testing software systems in general. Scott earned his reputation by, among other things, contributing to three books (co-author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, Microsoft Press; 2007, contributing... Read More →
avatar for Robert Sabourin

Robert Sabourin

principle consultant (and president/janitor), Amibug
Robert Sabourin has more than thirty years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

6:30pm

'CAST Live'
“CAST Live” is a show broadcast live each evening following the close of the conference. CAST Live is hosted by Benjamin Yaroch and joining Ben this year will be Paul Holland. Each night Ben and Paul will recap that days events, interview influential testers, and discuss all things testing.

Join our live studio audience in Ballroom AB or via the webCAST.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Holland

Paul Holland

Sr. Director of the Test Engineering, Medidata Solutions, Inc.
My name is Paul Holland and I am a Sr. Director of the Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Prior to Medidata I was Head of Testing at a small consultancy and for two year previously I was the principal consultant at Testing Thoughts. I am a proud and active member of the context-driven school of software testing which means that we believe that you must adapt your approach to any testing mission depending on the... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Yaroch

Benjamin Yaroch

Senior Software Quality Engineer, Salesforce
Benjamin Yaroch is a software tester who views software testing as a skilled craft and his chosen career. Ben has held both individual contributor and management roles within software testing. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association for Software Testing and most recently as President. Ben is located in Madison WI and enjoys sharing his passion for testing with others and is active in the software testing community both... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Madison Ballroom AB One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

7:00pm

Quality Leader SIG Panel: Lessons Learned In Software Test Leadership
Whether you are a line manager in test, a head of the test organization or an aspiring test lead, every day you are faced with questions on how to do your job more effectively. We offer you a unique opportunity to learn from your peers who have done that successfully.  Join us for the panel discussion where leaders in software testing share their insights, practices, stories of what worked and what failed, and strategies that lead them to their success. The experts will debate and answer your questions on:

Leading an effective test team and test organization
Hiring the right people
Enabling your team for success: building a nourishing environment for learning and growing
Motivating your people
Strategies for managing stakeholders' expectations
Software test leader's skills and qualities
Career advancement in software test leadership

Our panel members collectively possess over 200 years of experience in leading software testers. They are active members of context-driven testing community.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

7:00pm

Testing Games
Join us for a CAST tradition, tester games. Test your testing abilities with dice and card games.

Wednesday August 28, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Terrace One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00pm

Education SIG Meeting
The AST Education Special Interest Group (EdSIG) is the group that develops, discusses and looks to the future of software testing education, within AST and beyond. Come join us as we look to the future and see where we want to go in 2014 and beyond. You voice and talent can make a world of difference. Come join us and see how.

Board of Directors
avatar for Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Socialtext
I'm a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext in Palo Alto, CA. I have been active in software testing for the past two decades, working with companies ranging from networking hardware, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, legal, entertainment, and social software applications. I am the Chair of the Education Special Interest Group for the Association for Software Testing, and have focused on education... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hall of Ideas F One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

8:00pm

Quality Leader SIG Meeting
AST Quality Leader Special Interest Group is dedicated to build a community of context driven test leaders, and provide resources and support for advancing test management, quality advocacy and leadership skills and practices.

Quality Leader SIG identifies test management as a distinct skill that needs mastering. Test managers envision and drive testing strategy on different levels through deep understanding of the context, advance their soft skills for successful collaboration with the other disciplines and stakeholders, build an extensive toolkit of test tools and methodologies, and create an environment for their people to succeed and grow.

Also, Quality Leader SIG recognizes that recently changed industry landscape (such as organizational Agile transformation) introduced new challenges for testers — as well as new opportunities. Oftentimes, the single testers on Agile teams are anticipated to take on responsibilities of test managers or leads (through creating test strategy, distributing or supervising test-related activities, influencing their team members to become quality advocates, etc.), yet having to work with their peers, not direct or indirect reports.

Quality Leader SIG recognizes and supports variety of different paths for career development of software test professionals. Our activities  comprise of facilitating workshops for test leaders and providing the platform for sharing and exchanging techniques and stories. In the long term, we plan to create the Body of Knowledge for context driven test professionals who are accepting the leaders’ role in their organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Royzman

Anna Royzman

President, A Quality Leadership Institute, Inc.
Anna Royzman is the founder of A Quality Leadership Institute, the non-profit organization, whose goal is to become the leading advocate for quality in technology through innovative educational programs. A Quality Leadership Institute is developing and supporting such programs as Test Masters Academy, provider of high demanded education in software testing and quality, and Test Management Practices Research by Prof. Robert Sabourin and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Hall of Ideas E One John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703

10:00pm

Meet-Up
Join us after hours at the Great Dane Brew Pub for drinks, socializing, and games.

Beer Selection

Wednesday August 28, 2013 10:00pm - Thursday August 29, 2013 2:00am
Great Dane Brew Pub 123 E. Doty Street, Madison, WI