Highlights From the CAST 2014 Testing Conference in NYC

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 eIMG_3763dition 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 preIMG_3784ached 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.

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The uTest Interviews From CAST 2014

For those that weren’t able to make this year’s 9th Annual Conference of the Assocation for Software Testing (CAST 2014), or follow along with our live coverage, we’ve compiled all of our interviews from over the course of the week at the show.

uTest was on hand to live tweet the event, as well as sit down in between sessions for informal chats with major personalities from the New York City testing conference. These chats included everything from what separates CAST from other testing shows, to what testers can do to better improve their relationships with developers.

Be sure to stop by this weekend to the uTest Blog as well, as we conclude our CAST 2014 coverage with a full recap and thoughts on the show. In the meantime, here are some of the interviews from New York:

Interview with Hilary Weaver:

Interview with Jessica Nickel:

Interview with Michael Larsen:

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Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Michael Larsen

The last of our interviews live from CAST 2014 was with one of the figures from the organization responsible for bringing everyone together in NYC this week — the Association for Software Testing (AST).

Michael Larsen is a software tester from the San Francisco Bay Area, and is on the Board of Directors for the AST. Michael also co-led a session earlier this week at the conference. We learn from him a little bit about what sets CAST apart from other testing shows, and why one of the biggest problems in testing today is the de-emphasis of critical thinking.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Jessica Nickel

Jessica Nickel is a Test Lead with Doran Jones, a software testing consultancy based in NYC, the host city of CAST 2014. uTest had an off-the-cuff discussion with Jessica on what sets CAST apart from other conferences and what the biggest threat to testers is today.

uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag. Check out the interview with Jessica below.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Hilary Weaver

Hilary Weaver is a QA Engineer that bills herself as a “prolific swearer.” She kindly agreed to dial it down for this uTest interview just this once.

We interviewed Hilary in between CAST 2014 sessions this morning to discuss some key takeaways from her Tuesday session on the rift between testers and developers, and what testers can do to improve the relationship. We even take time to discuss her love for Star Wars — the title of her session was a quote from the film (“He doesn’t like you! I don’t like you either!”).

uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag. Check out the interview with Hilary below, and be sure to view all of the video interviews from CAST 2014.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Martin Folkoff

Day 2, the final of CAST 2014, is just underway, and we took the opportunity to talk briefly with another CAST attendee in between sessions.

Tester Martin Folkoff hails from Washington, DC, and shares his thoughts on why CAST is exciting and why testers should bring a development mindset to the table. uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Henrik Andersson

Henrik Andersson is a context-driven testing champion and co-founder and CEO of House of Test Consulting, and is presenting at Day 2 of CAST 2014′s festivities.

While at CAST Day 1 today, we chat with Henrik regarding what brought him to CAST and get his thoughts on which qualities are most lacking in testers. Don’t forget, uTest will be interviewing attendees and speakers all week from CAST in NYC, and live tweeting @uTest using the #CAST2014 official hashtag.

Live From CAST 2014: uTest Interview With Tim Graham

The first in our interview series all week from the 9th Annual testing conference CAST 2014, we kicked things off with Tim Graham, Testing Manager for Insurance Marketing Technology.

We sat down for a brief chat with Tim in between keynotes to discuss his development background, what brought him to CAST, and what sets it apart from other testing conferences. Stay tuned to the uTest Blog throughout the week for more video interviews with conference attendees and speakers.

Top Tweets From James Bach’s Keynote at CAST 2014

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James Bach kicking off CAST’s festivities this morning in NYC.

When James Bach enters the room at a testing conference, there’s never a dull moment. This morning’s keynote led by Sir James was no exception, so we round off some of the morning’s highlights from the session, the full kick-off of CAST 2014.

Be sure to stay tuned throughout the day, too, as we interview testers on the spot at CAST. Here’s some of the best of James’ talk this morning:

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uTest to Live Tweet, Interview Speakers This Week From CAST 2014 in NYC

2014_CAST_squareAs a proud sponsor of the Association for Software Testing’s 9th Annual conference this week, CAST 2014, uTest will be in New York City through Wednesday covering all of the happenings and keynotes from this major (and now sold-out) testing event.

Beginning Tuesday here on the Blog, uTest will be providing daily video interviews with speakers from some of the conference’s sessions and keynotes as they leave the stage. Additionally, uTest will also be live-tweeting @uTest on Twitter, using the official event hashtag of #CAST2014 throughout the course of the conference’s full days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This year’s theme is ‘The Art and Science of Testing,’ so conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry. Some of these esteemed speakers include:

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