CAST 2016


Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

Please join us for our 11th annual conference at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016.


Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. He is the author of the acclaimed book The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, which examines the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers, robots, and apps. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. His new book, Utopia Is Creepy, will be published in the summer of 2016.


Carr is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008), which the Financial Times calls “the best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing,” and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Carr has written for The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Wired, Nature, MIT Technology Review, and many other periodicals. His essays, including “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and “The Great Forgetting,” have been collected in several anthologies, including The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best Technology Writing. In 2015, he received the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity from the Media Ecology Association.

Carr is a former member of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s editorial board of advisors, was on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, and was a writer-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley’s journalism school. He writes the popular blog Rough Type. Earlier in his career, he was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American Literature and Language, from Harvard University.

In the early 1980s, Carr was a founding member of the universally unnoticed Connecticut punk band The Adrenaline Boys.

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg

Sallyann_FreudenbergDr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach and trainer who specializes in collaboration. She has been in I.T. for more than 25 years and holds a PhD in the Psychology of Collaborative Software Development. She also has three sons. One with autism. And a mother with bipolar disorder. Sal suspects she might be just a tiny bit Aspergers herself. She suspects that a lot of people in IT might be (and research seems to back this up). She thinks that this is a good thing.



The CAST 2016 Tutorials are offered on August 8th, at the CAST 2016 venue in the Harbour Centre. We are pleased to offer world-class tutorials as part of your conference package. We believe they provide excellent value based on content alone. We provide non-profit pricing that is less costly than commercial conferences – significantly so in some cases. There are four tutorial packages offered:

  1. Michael Bolton: Testopsies — Dissecting Your Testing (Full Day)
  2. Fiona Charles: Learning to Say No – and – James Bach: What Catalyzes Testing? Testability! (Half Day Each)
  3. Robert Sabourin: Just-in-Time Software Testing (Full Day)
  4. Richard Bradshaw and Mark Winteringham: Let’s Take Automated Checking Beyond WebDriver (Full Day)

To Register for CAST 2016, Click Here


Test Retreat

Build, Test, Fix, Retest. It’s time for something different.

It’s time for a TestRetreat.

In downtown Vancouver, on August 6th, you’ll find something different.  A chance to connect with old friends, make new ones, and build the test experience you really need, based on your shared interest, right now.

First, we create a one-day open space event on August 6th, beginning at 9:00AM and running to 5:00PM.  We place the event in downtown Vancouver.  We’ll bring together the best and brightest minds in Software Testing; perhaps a few from the overall process of software (and value!) delivery.  On top of that we have an optional Friday dinner, with no content on Sunday. Take the day to relax, move projects forward (more about that later), build relationships, take a leisurely trip home — or stick around for other events in the area the following week.

Since 2012, Matt Heusser has been running Unconferences on the weekend prior to CAST with unofficial AST support. This year, we’ve decided to make the partnership official, truly integrating TestRetreat with CAST. So come to Vancouver a few days early. Work with some of testing’s most serious contributors in a conference that creates emergent value. Take some time to think, to rest, and get to know people Sunday – then attend CAST on Monday, rested and ready to keep going!

Sign up for TestRetreat here


Lean Coffee

Lean Coffee is a meeting for facilitated problem solving. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

The format for a Lean Coffee is very simple. This is intentional. It is meant to be the least structure necessary for a coherent and productive meeting. No more, no less.

Lean Coffee will be led by Matt Heusser and Justin Rohrman August 8, 9, and 10, starting at 7:30AM at the conference center.


Putting “Confer” in “Conference”

The core mission of The Association for Software Testing (AST) and CAST is to help build an active community of software testing scholars, practitioners, and learners who can in turn positively influence and advance the practice of software testing.

CAST is more than a conference, it’s a unique opportunity to learn and discuss testing not found anywhere else. Each scheduled session is split into two parts. Half of the session is a presentation by a speaker, and the balance of the time is a facilitated “open season”. This open season allows attendees to question, discuss, and test the presentation.

What makes CAST truly unique is the discussions that take place in the hallways, at receptions, during meals, and after hours. For many the true value of CAST is the ability to discuss topics you are interested in with peers, experts, and academics that are leading change in our profession. At CAST, you are among friends…let’s confer!

What makes CAST special?

  • For testers, by testers
  • We strive to advance and improve the science of software testing
  • We share, discuss, and question
  • Meet industry leaders (authors, bloggers, and personalities)
  • Network with peers and experts
  • Non-profit pricing, high ROI

Who should attend CAST?

  • Software Testers, Practitioners, and Managers
  • Scholars and Researchers
  • Students
  • Software Developers and other Stakeholders

To Register for CAST 2016, Click Here


Program Chair

Christin Wiedemann is the Co-CEO and Chief Scientist of PQA Testing.

After finishing her PhD in Physics at Stockholm University, Christin Wiedemann started working as a software developer for the Swedish consulting company HiQ. Christin soon discovered that software testing was more interesting and challenging than development and subsequently joined the Swedish test company AddQ Consulting. At AddQ, she worked as a tester, test lead and trainer, giving courses on agile testing, test design and exploratory testing throughout Europe. Christin developed a course on exploratory testing, and is a co-creator of the exploratory testing approach xBTM. Christin currently lives in Vancouver, where she joined Professional Quality Assurance (PQA) Ltd. in 2011. In her current role as Chief Scientist, she drives PQA’s research and method development work. She continues to use her scientific background and pedagogic abilities to develop her own skills and those of others.


Conference Hotel and Logistics

CAST 2016 will be held at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016. The address is 515 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3, Canada.

The conference hotel is the Delta Vancouver Suites, attached to the Harbour Centre. An allotment of rooms at a special conference rate is set aside for CAST Attendees. Note: if you attempt to book a room for dates before or after the conference (Sun-Tue), the Marriott web site will incorrectly say that there are not rooms available. Your best bet is to call the Delta Vancouver Suites (888-890-3222) to make your reservation, and ask for the CAST rate during CAST.

As a major tourist destination, Vancouver has many options for lodging, but August is a busy time. We recommend securing lodging sooner rather than later.

Passports and Visas

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Schedule (Subject to Change)

View the CAST 2016 schedule & directory.


Packages and Pricing

Membership Level/PackagePricing in USD for Early Bird: March 15, 2016 to June *10*!, 2016
Tutorial + Conference$1050 USD
Conference Only$700 USD
Student Member
Tutorial + Conference$975 USD
Conference Only$625 USD
Tutorial + Conference$1350 USD
Conference Only$900 USD
Membership Level/PackagePricing in USD after June 10, 2016
Tutorial + Conference$1500 USD
Conference Only$1050 USD
Student Member
Tutorial + Conference$1475 USD
Conference Only$975 USD
Tutorial + Conference$1800 USD
Conference Only$1250 USD

To Register for CAST 2016, Click Here