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.

Topics to be covered:

  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline
  •  Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Mapping practices with scaled agile frameworks—SAFe, DAD, LeSS, and Nexus
  • Scrum board Gamification

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  • Conference Chair: Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

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    Presentation title to be confirmed

    Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK


    Keith Watson

  • Joint session with TestExpo -

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    Governance, Phases, and Milestones are not Agile dirty words!

    Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium

    Despite claims to the contrary, the need for governance does not disappear for agile projects. Your project sponsors have a right to know the status of the health and risk of their investments. But trying to blend traditional agile methods such as Scrum with traditional stage gate approaches can cause frustration for both project teams and their stakeholders. In this talk Mark Lines will share how to apply lightweight agile governance using the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework


    Mark Lines

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    Keynote: Presentation title to be confirmed

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge


    Dave Snowden

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    Keynote: Agile Revisited

    Dan North, Principal, Dan North Associates

    In 2001 a group of programmers proposed the word "agile" to describe a set of values they shared. Several of these programmers had already developed methods based on these values. The values are universal, that's how they were chosen. The methodologies, however, were designed for the technology landscape of the 1990s. Think of all the changes in technology and business practise in the last 25 years. If that seems too daunting just think about the last five years. In taking "Agile" mainstream, we adopt these ancient practises on faith while losing sight of the values that inspired them.

    How do agile values map to the modern landscape of massive computing power and storage on demand, languages that compile faster than you can type, computers in your pocket more powerful than the previous generation's mainframes, home broadband fast enough to stream high-definition video?

    It's time to revisit what agile software development really means. The previous generation moved the delivery horizon from years to months. Now we need to think in days or even hours.


    Dan North

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    Aren't we forgetting someone? Where are the DBAs in DevOps?

    Dan North, Principal, Dan North Associates

    How do DBAs fit into the world of DevOps? We usually think of DevOps as a collaboration between developers and operations or support engineers so it's easy to forget the database admins who occupy both the development and operations space.

    Organisationally they are often separate, sometimes geographically as well as organisationally. How does the database fit into the DevOps or Continuous Delivery story, both technologically and culturally?

    Dan North has been helping a number of large organisations at various stages on their journey to continuous delivery and in every case their legacy database dependencies are a major stumbling block. Where do you start unpicking the database? How can you tell if it is working? Is the Matrix just a very big Oracle instance?


    Dan North


Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Dan North

Principal, Dan North Associates

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Keith Watson

Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK

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Previous Programme

  • Joint session with Test Expo and DevOps Expo

  • 08:15 -

    Registration and coffee

  • 09:25 -

    Conference Chair’s introduction: Gary Moore, Vice-President, UK Delivery, Sogeti

  • 09:30 -

    Keynote: Value Driven Agile: Focussing on real business results, not code written

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Becoming a Unicorn

  • 10:30 -

    Keynote: THE ROBOTS ARE COMING (but there's no need to panic)

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to sponsors and supporting bodies.

  • 11:15 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 11:45 -

    Keynote: Disciplined DevOps: Pragmatic Strategies for the Enterprise

  • 12:15 -

    Keynote: Easily Create Scalable Automation Using Selenium

  • 12:45 -

    Round Table session

  • 13:15 -


  • Track on Agile Expo

  • Chair: UNICOM

  • 14:15 -

    Chair’s introduction

  • 14:20 -

    Beyond Simple Agile:  Strategies for the Enterprise

  • 14:50 -

    Reinventing our digital agency into a lean client partner

  • 15:20 -

    The future of work - making the impossible possible

  • 15:50 -

    Tea /Coffee break

  • 16:10 -

    Scaling agile teams into an Agile organisation

  • 16:40 -

    Evolving Project Management for the Digital Age

  • 17:10 -

    Chair’s summing-up.

  • 17:15 -

    Close of conference. Drinks reception.

previous Speakers

Mark Buenen

VP Global LeaderDigital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group

Tony Foggett

CEO, Code Computerlove

Tom Gilb

Senior Partner at

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd


Samantha Lawler

Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Renato Quedas

Director Product Management, Micro Focus

Ian Smith

Head of Innovation, ROQ


Ilyas Vali

Co-Founder, rLoop


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