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The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, CAST 2014 “The Art and Science of Testing”, to be held in New York, NY, August 11-13. To some, software testing is an outgrowth of engineering, mathematics and physics, while to others, testing is an exploration of psychology, philosophy or sociology. At CAST 2014, conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry.

Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City at the beautiful Kimmel Center located next to Washington Square Park August 11-13, as we explore the art and science of testing.

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Tuesday, August 12 • 10:40am - 11:45am
Standards – promoting quality or restricting competition?

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James Christie argues that standards are produced by bodies with a commercial interest in seeing them adopted. He analyses the economic forces behind the creation of standards. They should be viewed as optional methods that companies can buy or reject as they see fit. Selling them as standards distorts the market by creating the impression amongst senior managers, lawyers and regulators that there is no valid, responsible alternative. James explains why the auditors and compliance professions are not lined up on the side of the standards lobby. His audit experience allows him to expose the case for standards as a spurious appeal to non-existent authority. Testers must speak out following the Healthcare.gov website fiasco. This debate is not an academic contest between rival schools of thought. It is a commercial struggle, and James provides compelling arguments against standards. Free and fair competition is at stake. Testing standards could put a massive restriction on our ability to trade and compete. This is serious business!

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James Christie

Independent consultant, Claro Testing
Self-employed testing consultant with 31 years IT experience. Before moving into testing I spent six years as an IT auditor, so I have experience on both sides of the fence. I have has also worked in information security management, project management, business analysis and development... Read More →

Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:45am EDT
10th fl Rosenthal Pavillion

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