Please note that our call for proposals for TiCCA19 has closed.

“From Little Things, Big Things Grow”: evolving testing practices to match complexity and stakeholder needs

Legendary Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly gave us the song “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”. He didn’t have the testing industry in mind when he penned this great song, but its message applies. Australian history is littered with amazing inventions, some of which took a while to take off.

In 1953 several high profile de Havilland Comets airliners crashed with no cause found. This was not unusual as the crashes in the first half of aviations’ evolution rarely came with answers that revealed the cause.

An Australian Engineer, David Warren, was working at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories (located in Melbourne) and believed that if pilot conversations and instrument readings could be recorded it might be possible to understand why an aircraft crashed. In 1957, “black box” prototypes were produced. These devices, called “Flight Memory Units”, could record up to four hours of voice and instrument data. Data was captured through a stylus writing to steel foil. In 1960, a plane crashed in Queensland and no cause could be determined by investigators. The Australian government responded by ordering that all commercial aircraft be fitted with black boxes.

Early flight recorders captured basic flight conditions such as heading, altitude, airspeed, vertical accelerations and time. Today’s flight recorders are much more sophisticated as are the aircraft they are housed in. Minimum requirements are the recording of 88 different parameters, typically recording several observations of each parameter every second.

In the spirit of the black box and with Paul Kelly’s lyrics ringing in our ears, we want to hear stories about how testing has evolved to deal with complexity while keeping focus on the information that is valuable to problem solving and decision making. Tell us about the little testing things you’ve seen grow into something bigger at our 2019 conference.

TiCCA19 will be held on February 28 & March 1, 2019, at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

Call for Proposals 

We invite you to share your experiences and thoughts related to our theme, From Little Things, Big Things Grow. We are looking for a broad and diverse scope of submissions.  We strongly encourage and prefer proposals based on your personal experiences.

What are we really looking for?

We are looking for talks that engage people in deep discussions, something attendees would continue to talk about after the session is over.

We also encourage longer sessions which can be very interactive and let the participants be more hands on. We wish to see a great mix of both technical and non-technical sessions of this type.

You don’t need to be a tester to submit a proposal. Perhaps you have stories about how your view of testing has changed from negative to positive? Maybe you have worked with a great tester? We welcome proposals from anyone who feels that they have something to contribute in line with this year’s conference theme.

Types of Sessions

We are seeking abstracts and proposals in line with the conference theme in these formats:

Track Sessions consist of a presentation of up to 40-45 minutes, plus 20-30 minutes of moderated question and discussion time (known as “open season”). The best track session is probably an experience report from a real project. Sessions that present teaching material are also common. Other formats might be debates and panel discussions. Feel free to be creative!

Double Track Sessions are two-hour long double-track sessions where the speaker will lead a discussion or conduct exercises. You could use a double track session to run a short workshop or come up with your own idea of how to use the time. Sessions that actually involve testing software will be of particular interest – but again, be creative! Please discuss the learning objectives and deliverables created by students in the submission form.


You do not need to be a member of the AST to submit a proposal or to speak. The call for proposals ended on 31st October 2018.

Speaker Compensation

The speaker for each Track or Double Track session will receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in travel and accommodation up to a maximum of AU$1000 to attend the conference. Of course, every speaker will also receive free admission to the conference day of TiCCA19. Paired presenters will split the expense reimbursement. 

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

August 24, 2018Call for Proposals opens 

October 31, 2018 Call for Proposals closes  

November 20, 2018 – Initial speaker selection will be complete. Speakers will be notified shortly after this date. 

February 28, 2019 – TiCCA19 full-day workshops

March 1, 2019 – TiCCA19 conference day

Conference Co-Organizers: Lee Hawkins and Paul Seaman

Program Chairs: Lee Hawkins, Paul Seaman and Michele Playfair

Conference Chair: Ilari Henrik Aegerter

We encourage new speakers!

Speak EasySpeaker selection is hard. One challenge is including known, experienced speakers while encouraging new and diverse voices and creating opportunities for development. AST partners with Speak Easy to help.

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