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The Association for Software Testing is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles.

The Association for Software Testing (AST)  is an international non-profit professional association with members in over 50 countries. AST is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products. We value a scientific approach to developing and evaluating techniques, processes, and tools. We believe that a self-aware, self-critical attitude is essential to understanding and assessing the impact of new ideas on the practice of testing.

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  • Host City Challenge and Discount Want to go to CAST and sad that you missed the Early Bird deadline? Here’s a chance to get a special discount! Successfully answer the questions in the Grand Rapids Trivia Challenge and you’ll get a promotion code at the end of the challenge to save $150 off your CAST 2015 registration! Register by July 12 for the ...
  • CAST Beer Testing Tour Grand Rapids has been featured in several beer magazines and was named “Beer City” for the number an quality of the breweries that call the city home. It only seems reasonable then to make arrangements for people visiting Grand Rapids for CAST to visit some of these establishments. Monday evening, after the tutorials and before the ...
  • What’s New In BBST Association For Software Testing began an experiment in online training courses in August of 2007 with the first version of Foundations. In 2008, Bug Advocacy was added, and in 2011 we added Test Design and the instructors course. We had a fairly significant platform upgrade last year, and have done small updates here and there ...
  • Committee on Standards and Professional Practices (CSPP) Our world runs on software. It permeates every part of our lives. In the coming years, unmanned vehicles, robots, advanced medical devices, and other complex algorithm-driven control systems will make this obvious to a public that does not yet have a deep understanding of how software engineering and testing are related. Quality issues, such as healthcare.gov, ...
  • Countdown to CAST Space is limited! Last year, CAST hit capacity at 250 participants and sold out. This year seats are going fast! Don’t miss out, reserve your seat at CAST 2015 now. UPDATE: Two tutorials are sold out. There are still seats for two, but they are limited. If you want a tutorial act quickly! Learn more here » Hotel Rooms CAST ...
  • Testing Webinar: Driving While Driven: The Way of the Skilled Tester AST is pleased to announce a webinar on software testing with James Bach on Context-Driven Testing. This is a presentation about taking responsibility for your testing. The first step is to gently put aside your parents’ rules. The Context-Driven School of testing means each tester is his own methodologist. We do testing by tools and means ...
  • CAST 2015: Early-Bird Ends June 5th Early-Bird Ends Soon! Don’t miss out; register by June 5th and save up to $400 with our “Early Bird” discount. Don’t forget attendance is limited to 250 and CAST sold out last year, so register soon to secure your seat. This year’s conference includes: 4 Full-Day Tutorials 2 Keynotes 3 Workshops 26 Breakout Sessions Packages and Pricing » Learn more about CAST » Need a ...
  • Managers, Why Send Your Staff to CAST? By Pete Walen, Conference Chair, CAST 2015 I recently received an email extolling the virtues of a conference that “delivered proven results” in place of theory. I smiled at the email, partly because what they offered was more of what I have come to look at as commercial content, aimed at making fancy glossy fliers and not ...

 

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