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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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Monday, August 11 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Art and Science of Test Heuristics

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Variously defined as “fallible methods for solving problems” (Bach & Bolton) or “rules of thumb”, heuristics are essential tools for thinking test practitioners. When you construct a test around a model like “follow the money”, or adopt a leadership pattern where you challenge your team members with stretch goals, you are working with a heuristic. In each case, the model may be applicable and useful in some contexts, and irrelevant or even detrimental in others. 

One of the keys to using heuristics successfully is to do so consciously. If you aren’t aware that you are operating with a heuristic model, it can become an unchallenged assumption. But if you consciously use a model as a heuristic, then you are in a better position to see its weaknesses and potential failure points in a given situation.

In this workshop, we will explore the use of heuristics in problem solving, software testing, and test leadership. Working in groups, participants will have opportunities to design heuristics to solve particular problems, apply them to problem solutions, then critique their models and share their conclusions with other groups.

The session will be highly interactive, consisting principally of problem-solving exercises and debriefs.  Conscious use of heuristics requires both creativity and critical thinking skills. Come prepared to practice and extend yours! Participants are invited to bring testing or test leadership problems from their own experience to share and work with in the second half of the session.

Speakers
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Fiona Charles

Principal Consultant, Quality Intelligence
Fiona Charles teaches organizations to manage their software testing risk, and IT practitioners project skills "beyond process" - hands-on practical skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of the action through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated... Read More →


Monday August 11, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
KC 907

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