Co-Chair Keith Klain of Doran Jones, a software testing consulting company, kicked things off in rousing fashion this past Tuesday, announcing that the 9th Annual edition of the CAST conference was sold out. From there? The festivities officially started with a lively keynote from James Bach (are they ever not lively with him?).
CAST 2014 was held at the Kimmel Center at New York University (NYU), just outside the confines of beautiful Washington Square Park in lower Manhattan. What separates CAST from other testing conferences are the lively discussions and the varying viewpoints. With other testing shows, you may hear a speaker give a one-sided discussion with an agenda to promote his or her product — at CAST, you’re getting varied viewpoints that can actively be challenged and refuted by the audience.
The star of CAST is the ‘Open Season’ at the end of each speaker’s session — testers can hold up various color-coded cards which signal either a ‘new’ thread for discussion points, or replies to some of the threads that were already started. Questions were fielded both from the in-person audience and online viewers throughout the course of the conference.
The ‘Hits’ From CAST
A couple of the biggest hits from CAST came from Day 1. James Bach’s keynote led off Tuesday’s slate with a lively discussion that preached the quintessential underlying theme of the show — that testers have to have that ‘thinking’ part — otherwise, they are nothing but bodies checking off boxes, running test cases. And that ain’t testing.