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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 • 9:15am - 10:25am
Test Cases are Not Testing: Toward a Performance Culture

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Testing means evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation. This is a dynamic, exploratory process. Although we might script parts of it, and even reduce some of it to programmatic fact checks, testing itself is a live performance. In fact, all technical work is a live performance. Programming, managing, designing...it's all a performance. Meanwhile, for many years, some managers have dreamed of making technical work into a factory activity. That would require thinking of testing, for instance, as being encoded in artifacts such as "test cases." The primary aim of that effort is to turn testing into a commodity and to devalue testers. To fight back we need to become better at explaining "performance culture" and better at arguing for what can and cannot be done with a script.

Speakers
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James Bach

CEO and Principal Consultant, Satisfice, Inc.
James Bach (consulting software tester and Buccaneer-Scholar) is an acclaimed innovator and coach in the field of software testing. After spending a few years as a video game programmer, in 1987 he became the youngest manager at Apple Computer when, at 20, he was hired to run a test team. He has been a tester ever since. He spent about ten years managing testing in Silicon Valley, but for the last fifteen years, he has traveled the world... Read More →


Tuesday August 12, 2014 9:15am - 10:25am
10th fl Rosenthal Pavillion

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