Agile and DevOps share environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes. The synergy involves building an evolving and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) Infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production to meet users’ expectations. They can work together, and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations. This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.
There will be sharing of practical experiences, extended knowledge-sharing presentations, “Round Table” discussions for sharing insights and industry trends. This coupled with networking has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the day. There are pre and post conference workshops too on specific topics. An exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from the three topic areas – Testing and Agile & DevOps.
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We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Agile & DevOps Expo.
We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.
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Tom Gilb, Consultant, Methods Inventor, Senior Partner at GILB.com
The intent of Agile has always been value delivery. But the unfortunate reality is that the practice of agile today is focused on solving all problems by generating code. We totally fail to quantitatively define the multiple values we want. We fail to systematically pursue them. The agile failure (to deliver value) rate is 19% to 40%. We should be closer to Zero Failure. This talk will present specific practical methods for managing agile value delivery.
Mark Buenen, VP Global Leader Digital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group
Technology continues to evolve at pace, and customers and employers alike are driving ever greater demands for excellence: innovation, faster delivery, an outstanding user experience. This keynote presentation will look at the key trends that are affecting the software testing industry, and the future that awaits us, with a particular focus on:
♦ How digital transformation is affecting QA and Testing
♦ How we can transform from automated test execution to intelligence driven testing
♦ What is the future for testers in a DevOps world
Ian Smith, Head of Innovation, ROQ
From customer service chatbots to self-driving cars, AI has already begun to be adopted by some of the world’s most innovative companies. Machine learning will soon cross into the mainstream of software development, with more and more organisations looking to harness its power – resulting in non-deterministic behaviours in software becoming even more prevalent. In this talk, ROQ’s Head of Innovation, Ian Smith, will share his point of view on the impact AI will have on testing and offer thoughts and ideas around what you can do to move forward on your AI journey.
Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium
“DevOps” is the most popular, and most misunderstood, buzzword in the IT industry today. In this talk Mark Lines will explore what DevOps is in practice. He will address what DevOps means for established enterprises that are dealing with decades of legacy solutions and legacy cultures to overcome. He will also explore why Disciplined DevOps entails much more than just Development + Operations to be truly effective.
Renato Quedas, Director Product Management, Micro Focus
Automation is critical to achieving a more efficient software delivery environment. One of the largest areas of improvement across any DevOps toolchain is with software testing automation. While open source projects are critical across all functional areas of a toolchain, Selenium is probably the most widely used. The challenge with Selenium is to gain the most efficiencies while not spending too much time on the 'Selenium learning curve,’ which tends to hold most organisations back.
Please join us as we highlight the pros and cons of using Selenium and learn about some best practices in recording, managing and executing Selenium tests. In addition to this, we will highlight:
♦ Embrace DevOps practices using the power of open source
♦ Easily record, run, export and manage Selenium scripts for “industrial/enterprise” use cases
♦ Deliver true cross browser/device testing automation solutions for your environment
Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium
Organizations are applying agile strategies with large teams, geographically distributed teams, in outsourcing situations, in complex domains, in technically complex situations, and in regulatory situations. Sometimes they’re successful and sometimes they’re not. The Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework is a people-first, learning-oriented hybrid agile approach to enterprise-class IT. It has a risk-value delivery lifecycle, is goal-driven, is enterprise aware, and is scalable. The DA framework is a hybrid which adopts proven strategies from Scrum, XP, Agile Modeling, Outside-In Development, Lean/Kanban, DevOps, and others in a disciplined manner.
Tony Foggett, CEO, Code Computerlove
Tony will discuss his vision for a new agency model, focused around lean methodology. His talk will focus on how this model has unlocked new clients and made the traditional agency, with the large amount of waste this set-up generates, redundant. Whilst also sharing lessons learnt from implementing this change within the agency culture and the challenges of driving lean methods with clients to create a successful model for reinventing the client/agency relationship.
Ilyas Vali is Co-Founder of rLoop
Samantha Lawler, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office
Most of us within organisations undergoing agile transformation recognise that agile project teams can produce innovative products at pace. However, one of the key challenges faced by organisations is the amalgamation of several agile teams into one cohesive unit and whether this innovation can be continued at a large scale, whilst fitting within the strategy and timelines of traditional organisations.
This presentation considers the options available to organisations seeking to scale agile working practises and the approach Government Digital Service has taken to maintain delivery and structure, without stifling innovation.
Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd
In the digital age change is fast and those who don't keep up are quickly left behind. Business innovation and technology innovation feed off one another while traditional project management struggles to keep pace with an accelerating cycle. IT Project are no longer something that happens on the side, the business is technology and the technology is business.
The project thinking needs to evolve too. And it's more than just Agile, it's digital business, it's cloud, it's DevOps and continuous delivery, dual track, minimally viable teams and much more.
In this presentation Allan Kelly will set out some of the ways in which project management must evolve if it is to keep pace with the changing nature of business and the technology landscape.