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So I’m back from CAST. Yes, I know I haven’t finished writing up my notes from the CITCON event. I had every intention of doing so on the trip home, but 30 hours stuck in planes and transit lounges with screaming children, people with questionable personable hygiene and vapid narcissists who need to share with everyone within earshot is not conducive to cogent writing. The good news is that I’m not in prison for visiting bloody ruin upon any of the aforementioned human vermin, and hope to return you to your (ir)regular programming soon.

So, CAST rocked. Toronto was a cool place. The local people were, if not friendly then at least not aggressively disinterested (apart from a bartender at the Imperial, who was a total douche). The attendees of the conference were amazing human beings, if for no other reason than their eyes not glazing over when I was talking about testing. Some really bloody smart people there doing some very cool stuff.

I took the day-long tutorial with Jerry Weinberg on communicating as a tester. The cost of the course was probably worth it for this alone. There were keynote speeches by other big names in testing, which were also very good. More importantly though I think were the people I got to hang out with. I think it takes a particular brand of weirdness to be a good tester. There’s a certain pattern to the way they speak that gives you an insight into how they think. Testers aren’t afraid to probe, or question either so I also enjoyed the distinct lack of listening along politely.

I have more material to write up than I know what to do with. I have a busy few weeks coming up on the kendo front, so I’m not going to get to it as soon as I want to, but it’s coming. In the meantime, check out the CAST site conference archive. If you’re considering going to next year’s, it’s in Colorado Springs. I highly recommend it. I shall be doing everything in my power to make it there. If you have any sort of interest in software testing, I urge you to do the same.

2 thoughts on “tadaima

  1. Ben,

    Glad to hear you liked it! While we all agree that it’s all about the people (and some content to trigger conversations), you might be surprised to find out just how challenging it is to put together a conference that attracts, adapts to, and celebrates the kind of folks who make CAST so unique. Hearing feedback that it *worked* makes it all worth while…

    and reminds me that I should stop typing here and get back to the next versions of the CAST09 brochures to take with me to Agile08 next week! 🙂


    Scott Barber
    President & Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
    Executive Director, Association for Software Testing
    Co-Author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications


    “If you can see it in your mind…
    you will find it in your life.”

  2. Ben,

    I agree. CAST was cool. It was especially cool because of the people that attended. And getting to talk about what we do and have the odd rant with people that really understand was especially cool. I enjoyed meeting you and am looking forward to lots more discussions and rants (even if they are all online… until next CAST that is…)

    Chat soon,

    p.s. that barman really was awful – I can attest…

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