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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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Wednesday, August 13 • 2:10pm - 3:15pm
Thinking Critically About Numbers: Defence Against the Dark Arts (Part 1 of 2)

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Numbers, models, and measurements are often used to describe. Just as often, they are used to persuade. Sometimes, they are used to intimidate. Testers must be able to look at information, claims, and evidence critically, in order to avoid being fooled or bullied. They must apply critical thinking to their own observations, interpretations and reports, in order to avoid fooling themselves--or worse, their clients. This workshop is about looking thoughtfully and skillfully at reports, research, and common claims about testing and software development. Participants learn methods for analyzing those claims and a framework for evaluating them. Applying this approach to real-world cases, and exercises, they refine their approach to collecting, assessing and presenting data and information. Throughout, participants remain engaged: looking for the original data, assessing the relationship between numbers and their representations, evaluating the methods of measurement -- in a nutshell, refining your current skills and building new ones. Caution: this workshop may interfere with your enjoyment of your daily newspaper.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

Principal, DevelopSense
Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn't realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing... Read More →
avatar for Laurent Bossavit

Laurent Bossavit

Laurent Bossavit is mainly known as an Agilist and was a recipient of the 2006 Gordon Pask award from that community. He still likes to code though no longer doing so full-time, dividing his attentions between assisting Agile teams on technical and organizational matters, and the Institut Agile project which collects empirical evidence on the benefits and limitations of Agile practices.


Wednesday August 13, 2014 2:10pm - 3:15pm
KC 903

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