Good Practices, In Context 

1. The value of any practice depends on its context.

2. There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices.

– Context-Driven Testing Principles #1 and #2

Software systems are complex systems. Effective testing requires selecting strategies and techniques that fit the context — the people, the product, the purpose, the constraints, and more — in which the software is designed, implemented, delivered, managed, and consumed. 

Deciding how and what to test without significant consideration for the context can lead to inefficient, or even ineffective, testing; poor testing can lead to unnecessary ignorance of risks. Thinking first about the context and the information needed to address risks can enable us to effectively test our software products and services, and provide information that helps increase value and reduce risk. 

Rather than simply implement techniques others proclaim to be “best”, context-driven testers assess the context and select testing practices that fit their current situation. Context-driven testers recognize that practices that work well in some places and at some times may not work well for others. Great testers fill their tool boxes with a variety of information and techniques from which they can draw to solve the specific testing challenges they encounter. And that’s where you come in!  

Tell us about your testing practices, the contexts in which you practice them, and what makes them good. And if they turned out to be not so good, tell us about that too! We want to hear real-world testing stories; stories about your selection and application of testing techniques and tools.

For CAST 2020, we want real world stories about the practice of testing:

  • Stories about fleshing out requirements.
  • Stories of balancing risk and value.
  • Stories about the struggle to select the most valuable tests.
  • Stories about designing experiments.
  • Stories about the performance of testing.
  • Stories of sharing your discoveries with others. 

We want to hear about your testing practices: why you selected them, how you refined them, and the contexts in which the practices helped (or hindered) in accomplishing your testing missions.

Code of Conduct  

All Speakers and Attendees are subject to the CAST Code of Conduct. By applying to speak, you are indicating your willingness to comply with the Code.

Important CFP Dates and People

Around March 15, 2020 – Program will be Announced

August 3-6, 2020 – CAST 2019

Conference Chair: Simon “Peter” Schrijver

Program Co-Chairs: Amanda Nobil and Ben Simo