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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?

Speakers
avatar for Martin Hynie

Martin Hynie

Chief Troublemaker, vds4 Consulting Inc
With over fifteen years of specialization in software testing and development, Martin Hynie’s attention has gradually focused on emphasizing value through communication, team development, organizational learning, and the significant role that testers can play to help enable these... Read More →
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Christin Wiedemann

Exec. VP, PQA Testing
After finishing her Ph.D. in Physics at Stockholm University in 2007, Christin Wiedemann started working in IT as a software developer, but soon discovered that she found software testing to be more interesting and challenging. Changing careers, she started working as a tester, and... Read More →


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

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