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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 • 2:10pm - 3:15pm
The Art & Science of Thinking Skills (Part 1 of 2)

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As software testers working and collaborating with engineers, we may believe the only thinking skills we need are scientific. Thinking skills typically thought of as scientific include: observing, recognizing patterns, dimensional thinking and modeling. But are we disregarding creative and artistic thinking skills such as abstracting, analogizing, empathizing and playing? Abstracting helps us to realize the purpose of product and not get lost on details. Analogizing helps us make use of our knowledge from past experiences in other domains and anticipate problems and solutions we might otherwise miss. Empathizing helps us work with an array of people from the business to clients to user experience designers and engineers as we collaborate with other people to learn, test and deliver a product. And without play, without a sense of exploration, our testing might be limited to requirements checking and not fully testing a product. Karen N. Johnson explores the thinking skills of a tester and how to explicitly apply scientific and creative thinking skills to the craft of software testing.

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Karen N Johnson

Sr QE Manager, Salesforce
Karen N. Johnson has worked as a software test consultant for several years. She currently works at Salesforce. While focused on software testing and predominantly working with the testers throughout an organization, Karen helps teams and organizations improve quality overall. Her... Read More →

Tuesday August 12, 2014 2:10pm - 3:15pm EDT

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