CAST 2012 is fast approaching! 

Well, some folks may think that JULY is not all that “fast approaching” in January – HOWEVER – there are some important dates coming up.

The Call For Participation is up (here). There are three basic types of presentations:

Interactive Workshops (140 minutes);
Regular Track Sessions (70 minutes – at least 25 minutes for discussion);
Emerging Topics (20 minutes – at least 5 minutes for discussion);

The deadline for Regular Tracks and Workshops is January 16.   As I write this, that is FOUR DAYS AWAY! 

The information you need to know about submitting proposals is on the website at the link above. If you are a Thinking Tester, I encourage you to consider attending CAST. If you are interested in telling people about your ideas, I encourage you to consider submitting a proposal.

Now, if you think you might like to present, and are unsure of actualling presenting – the Emerging Topics track may be a solution.  These are 20 minute snippets – enough for you to present the core of an idea and answer questions.  The deadling for THOSE submissions is June 18.  You can submit through the same process the Regular Track and the Workshop sessions are submitted. 
Here’s where it gets interesting.  If you are a THINKING TESTER – and help people become better testers – the Test Coach Camp is the weekend before CAST!

Test Coach Camp will be held at the same hotel where CAST will be held.

Matt Heusser wrote about it here. The official AST release and Call for Participation can be found here.

These folks said it better than I can.

If you are interested in helping testers do their testing better, which is what Test Coaching is all about, and in Thinking Testers – Look into both of these – THEN ACT.

This is going to be a great week.