After finally returning to Australian soil after an extended trip to the US following CAST, I’ve had some time to reflect on the experience of attending my first CAST. I still have much processing to do of the ideas I encountered during those crazy three days in New York, but my takeaways right now can be condensed into:
- The CDT community is strong and growing and it feels like it is shedding its “vocal minority” image.
- We’ve moved on from ISTQB certification bashing as our main focus.
- Heuristics are a very valuable part of CDT – I really need to make more use of them and promote their use in Dell.
- The idea of “tester velocity” was new to me (thanks to Henrik Andersson) but could serve as a simple way of incorporating test estimation into sprint planning.
- The development of a significant software testing capability in New York via Doran Jones and the Per Scholas scheme to encourage on-shoring of testing in the US is very inspiring.
- The movement against the ISO 29119 software testing standards that started at CAST is a turning point for the CDT community in my opinion, we’re finding a voice and using it.
- New York is a very cool city!
Next stop Let’s Test Oz in a couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to this conference and I hope we manage to capture that special Let’s Test vibe here on Australian soil.