Archive for March, 2010

Conference of the Association for Software Testing

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I’ll be keynoting at CAST on investment modeling and exploratory test automation.

In its essence, exploratory testing is about learning new things about the quality of the software under test. Exploratory test automation is about using software to help with that learning.

Testing the value of investment models is an interesting illustration because it is all about the quality of the software, it is intensely automated, and none of the tests are regression tests. This is one illustration of automated exploration. I’ll point to others in my talk and paper.

THERE’S STILL TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN PROPOSAL FOR A PRESENTATION. (The official deadline is March 20, but if you’re a few days late, I bet the conference committee will still read your proposal.)

Here’s the link: http://conferences.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/

What’s different about CAST is that we genuinely welcome discussion and debate. Any participant can ask questions of any speaker. Any participant can state her or his counter-argument to a speaker. We’ll keep taking questions all day. Artificial time limits are not used to cut off discussion.  After all, the point of a conference is “conferring.”

See you there…

An award from ACM

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The Association for Computing Machinery’s Computers & Society Special Interest Group just honored me with their “Person Who Made a Difference” award. Here’s what it’s about:

Making a Difference Award

This award is presented to an individual who is widely recognized for work related to the interaction of computers and society. The recipient is a leader in promoting awareness of ethical and social issues in computing. The recipients of this award and the award itself encourage responsible action by computer professionals.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime award, which goes to (at most) one person per year.

ACM has printed a biographic summary that highlights the work that led to this award. We’ll probably add an interview soon.

The award presentation and talk will probably be at the Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference in San Jose in June.

I’ll probably also be talking about this work at a QAI meeting in Chicago, this May.