Agile, Testing and DevOps: Are they a Separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps, Testing and Agile have shared environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these three 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.

This event has a joint morning session covering Agile, Testing and DevOps. The afternoon session has a separate track for Agile and DevOps another for Testing.

The Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session. This session is for 45 minutes of which there will be around ten minutes for a general summing up at the end. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.

Among the topic addressed in the morning session are
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
Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline.

Among the topics addressed in the afternoon session are
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
Modern Software Testing
Sustainable Test Automation
Mob Programming
Team leadership
Individuals and interactions over process and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan…… have been achieved and helped establishing a faster and practical way of getting things done.

Call for Participation

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 and Testing.

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.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.


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    Equip an Agile Tester

    Matthew Lee Yui Cheung,Senior Software Quality Analyst (Test Execution & Automation Team Head), Ahsay Systems Corporation Limited

    How we equip a traditional tester with essential skills, knowledge and mindset to become an agile tester to fit into Agile environment.


    Matthew Lee Yui Cheung


Matthew Lee Yui Cheung

Ahsay Systems Corporation Limited

Media Partners

Previous Programme

  • Conference Chair: Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting -

  • 08:30 -


  • 09:00 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

  • 09:15 -

    Chair’s Scene setting

  • 09:30 -

    Keynote: Are your tests well-travelled? Thoughts about coverage - and strawberry jam

  • 10:15 -

    Cross-team Agile: 'Who let the DOGs out?'

  • 10:45 -

    Evolving beyond kanban

  • 11:15 -

    Introduction to Sponsors and Supporting Bodies. Tea & Coffee break

  • 11:45 -

    "I'm sorry Dave...…but I cannot allow you to do that.”

  • 12:15 -

    Testing: One Piece of the Puzzle

  • 12:35 -

    Kill DevOps

  • 13:05 -


  • 14:05 -


  • 14:50 -

    Listening: An Essential Skill for Software Testers

  • 15:20 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 15:40 -

    How to turn a 403 into a 202 at the API Party

  • 16:10 -

    Make your user stories RIVETing

  • 16:55 -

    Chair’s summing up. Close of conference

  • 17:15 -

    Drinks sponsored by Sogeti

Previous Speakers

Maria Ball

BBC Design & Engineering Platform

Terry Bowen

BBC Design & Engineering Platform

Steve Challis


Andrew Fullen

Digital Consultant, Sogeti UK

Paul Gerrard

Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Jitesh Gosai

OS Builders & App Developers

Dorothy Graham

Software Testing Consultant

Stephen Mounsey

Infinity Works Consulting

Seb Rose

Cucumber Ltd

Kevin Rutherford

Software development coach

Mark Smalley

The IT Paradigmologist, ASL BiSL Foundation

Ash Winter

Diagram Industries Ltd


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