I attended the Conference of the Association of Software Testing (CAST) this week, which is hosted by the Association for Software Testers (AST). I was very impressed by not only the topics but also the great people. It was nice being able to sit down and discuss topics that we all face out in the field (lack of requirements, process, communication, etc). There were tutorials on different topics like metrics and agile development.
The conference had tons of great speakers. I didn’t get to go to all of the presentations but the ones I did go to were loaded of great info. During each presentation there was a time called “open season” where the attendees could ask the experst questions/speak their mind, etc. It was nice being able to hear and discuss the way people are impacted by the topics today and how they will use the newly learned information.
I think everyone within the QA field should join AST, not only for the wonderful conference but also for the learning experience.
The AST also offers it’s members BBST training. The training is online and taught by other AST members.
Even if you have knowledge on a specific topic there is always more to learn. Why not learn from others in the field?