Bridging Between Communities
The context driven community views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning. When we get together we do so to discuss, learn, and challenge each other to advance the practice of software testing.
Though most people see there is a need for testing not everyone understands the vast skills required and why advancing those is important. Many of you have probably experienced unskilled testing which provides very little value to the stakeholders. Badly informed decisions, increase in cost, increase in lead time to deliver to production and poor software quality are examples of consequences of unskilled testing.
To overcome the problem of unskilled testing we need a rapid change on a broader level. To reach a larger audience, we require advocates from other communities but also collaboration with other disciplines in software development.
This year, AST is reaching outside of the testing community to connect and bridge with developers, product owners, project managers, agile coaches, devops, anyone who benefits from the value skilled testing provides. We would like to hear stories of how collaborating with other disciplines and communities have made a difference in acknowledging the value of skilled testing. We wish to see highly interactive workshops. Most of all we wish to see a diversity of subjects, speakers and audience.
CAST 2018 will be held August 6-9, 2018, at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA.
Types of Sessions
We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in these formats:
Track Sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40-45 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time. The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Sessions that present teaching material are also common. Other formats might be debates and panel discussions.
Workshops are two-hour long double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. We’re looking for workshops that create concrete artifacts for participants to take home such as lists, mind maps, or other findings. Workshops that involve performances of software testing are even better. Please discuss the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the Key Takeaways of the submission form.
Proposals are to be submitted through PaperCall.IO. You do not need to be a member of AST to submit a proposal or to speak.
We encourage (but do not require) speakers to write a paper supporting their proposal. At submission time you need only indicate your willingness to write a paper. Drafts of the papers are not due until June 1, 2018, and final revisions by August 1, 2018.