CAST 2020

Austin, TX August 05, 2020, August 06, 2020

CFP closed at  January 10, 2020 23:59 UTC

Thee Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) 2020 is headed to Austin, TX, USA. The conference will be held August 3-6, 2020, at the Hilton Austin.

What makes CAST unique?

  • For testers, by testers
  • We strive to advance and improve the science of software testing
  • We share, discuss, and question
  • Network with peers, and experts
  • Reasonably priced, high ROI

Who should attend CAST?

  • Software Testers, Practitioners, and Managers
  • Developers
  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Students

The core mission of The Association for Software Testing (AST) and CAST is to help build an active community of software testing scholars, practitioners, and learners who can in turn positively influence and advance the practice of software testing.

CAST is more than a conference, it’s a unique opportunity to learn and discuss not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Half of the session is a presentation by a speaker, however the balance of the time is a facilitated “open season”. This open season allows attendees to question, discuss, and test the presentation.

What makes CAST truly unique is what takes place in the hallways, at receptions, during meals, and at Lightning talks. For many the true value of CAST is the ability to discuss topics you are interested in with peers, experts, and academics that are leading change in the industry. At CAST you are among friends…let’s confer!

Mission and Style of CAST

The conference is designed not only to allow but also to encourage a high-level of interaction among presenters and participants. Flexibility is built into the schedule to facilitate productive brainstorming and impromptu debates. The conference organizers are observant and responsive: when this interaction builds the interest and energy for a particular topic, the flow of events and allocation of time to topics will be fine-tuned. Trained, seasoned moderators will help ensure that discussion sessions are productive.

CAST is free from thinly veiled sales pitches and offers up fresh content:

CAST sessions are about experience, practice, and ideas — not just products. All sessions are related to the conference theme to enable in-depth exploration of each topic. Most of the presentations and tutorials at CAST are first-run content. We’ve assembled a cast of practitioners and thought-leaders with interesting stories and provoking ideas.

CAST is accompanied with unique tutorials:

AST lines up unique interactive full-day tutorials — each led by recognized thought leaders in their areas of expertise.

Our hope is that CAST helps you advance the understanding and practice of testing — at your organization and around the globe. You’ll have opportunities to share your ideas and learn from thought-leaders, trainers, authors, and peers. CAST is a participatory conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and enjoy.

CAST puts CONFER back into Conference:

What makes CAST unique is that we focus on the confer part of the word conference over anything else. Each scheduled session consists of a presentation followed by facilitated discussion about that presentation. Unless instructed otherwise, you may only ask clarifying questions while a speaker is presenting. Once a speaker is done, it becomes Open Season – at which point the floor is opened for discussion.

CFP Description

“The value of any practice depends on its context.”

“There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices.”

Context-Driven Testing Principles #1 and #2

Software systems are complex systems. Effective testing requires selecting strategies and techniques that fit the context – the people, the product, the purpose, the constraints, and more – in which the software is designed, implemented, delivered, managed, and consumed.

Deciding how and what to test without significant consideration for the context can lead to inefficient, or even ineffective, testing; poor testing can lead to unnecessary ignorance of risks. Thinking first about the context and the information needed to address risks can enable us to effectively test our software products and services, and provide information that helps increase value and reduce risk.

Rather than simply implement techniques others proclaim to be “best”, context-driven testers assess the context and select testing practices that fit their current situation. Context-driven testers recognize that practices that work well in some places and at some times may not work well for others. Great testers fill their tool boxes with a variety of information and techniques from which they can draw to solve the specific testing challenges they encounter. And that’s where you come in!

Tell us about your testing practices, the contexts in which you practice them, and what makes them good. And if they turned out to be not so good, tell us about that too! We want to hear real-world testing stories; stories about your selection and application of testing techniques and tools.

For CAST 2020, we want real world stories about the practice of testing:

  • Stories about fleshing out requirements.
  • Stories of balancing risk and value.
  • Stories about the struggle to select the most valuable tests.
  • Stories about designing experiments.
  • Stories about the performance of testing.
  • Stories of sharing your discoveries with others.

We want to hear about your testing practices: why you selected them, how you refined them, and the contexts in which the practices helped (or hindered) in accomplishing your testing missions.

Important Dates

CFP Open: October 25, 2019 CFP Close: January 2, 2020 Notification to Presenters: February 15, 2020 CAST Conference: August 3-6, 2020

Types of Sessions

We will accept proposals in typical formats: workshops, 1 hour talk/experience reports - but would prefer your ingenuity.

Track Sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time. The preferred track session is an experience report. An experience report is a story of real-world experience given by a person who participated in the work. Good experience reports provide the audience with context along with the practices implemented, the results achieved, and the lessons learned.

Workshops are double-time-slot sessions in which the presenter leads discussion and/or conducts exercises. We’re looking for workshops that teach techniques you have practiced and are comfortable talking about where they have been helpful to you. Workshops that involve performances of software testing are even better. Please detail the session, learning objectives, and deliverables created by students in the submission form.

Speaker Defined sessions will be of varying length and formats. Please describe, to the best of your ability, how much time you will need, what sort of resources you will need, and how you imagine you will present your material. If you want to narrate a live testing session, test breakfast tacos, hold a mini peer conference, or present findings from a study, this is the place to describe that. Surprise us!


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.

Speaker Compensation

The speaker for each Track or Interactive Workshop session will receive $250 in speaker compensation, two nights of accommodation, plus up to $500 additionally in travel expense reimbursement, and will receive free admission to the CAST 2020 conference. Paired presenters will split the honorarium and travel benefits, but both will receive conference tickets.

Code of Conduct

All Speakers and Attendees are subject to the CAST Code of Conduct. By applying to speak, you are indicating your willingness to comply with the Code.