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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 • 4:50pm - 6:00pm
Why testers love playing – Exploring the science behind games

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Testers love to play games. We group up, we challenge one another and we explore new ways to stump our peers. There seems to be general consensus that playing games makes us better testers, and that playing is an important part of honing tester skills, but... is there scientific evidence? There is a hypothesis (often treated as a theory) but a disconcerting lack of empirical support. Diving deep into neuroplasticity and brain imaging techniques, Christin and Martin put the hypothesis to the test. They explore the science of play and share some of the fascinating research examining the correlation between playing games and improving valuable cognitive capabilities. This research provides valuable data to help us understand how we can benefit playing games. Are people who enjoy games, riddles and puzzles better equipped for a career as a tester? What games can be introduced and how to best bring them into the workplace? What are some examples of how improving cognitive skills through games might be useful to testers?


Martin Hynie

Member of R&D Team, DryTech International
With over 14 years of specialization in software testing and development, Martin’s attention has gradually focused on emphasizing value and information through team development, organizational learning and the significant role that testers can play to help enable these. Martin incorporates ideas introduced by various schools of learning, principles and sources of inspiration (including Context Driven Testing, Pragmatic Marketing, Satir Change... Read More →
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Christin Wiedemann

Chief Scientist, PQA
I am a Ph.D. physicist (2007) with a specific knowledge of complex calculations and distributed computing resources. From the time of my studies, and extending through my current position as Chief Scientist with PQA, I have been actively engaged in project management, teaching and mentoring. I am passionate about continuous scholarship so that I may engender personal and professional development in others.

Tuesday August 12, 2014 4:50pm - 6:00pm
KC 914

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