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.

The Round Table session is for 45 minutes. 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 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.
Improve DevOps with SAFe
Automating for improved flow
The agile release train and continuous integration
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.

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    Keynote: Horses for courses: A plea for a mixed methods approach

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

    Before you place a bet in a horse race you check out the ground conditions. Some horses run better on heavy, wet soil others on the dry. The various method and ideology wars in the whole Agile movement is inhibiting innovation, preventing progress. Agile is increasingly starting to look like a highly structured commodity to the detriment of the original values. In this presentation Snowden will look at how to frame a mixed methods approach and radically reduce risk. Getting methods and tools defined at the right level, defining transaction protocols, looking at unarticulated needs and turning the involvement of testing to a much earlier stage in the development cycle all change the dynamics of delivering value for Agile and DevOps alike.


    Dave Snowden

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    Seven proven ways to ruin your Test Automation:A tongue-in-cheek talk on how to avoid capital mistakes in test automation

    Seretta Gamba, Test Automation Consultant

    In this tongue-in-cheek talk I will show how easy it is to disrupt or utterly ruin a test automation project. By describing seven proven methods to reach this end, I intend to give managers, testers and automators the means to recognize early on if their automation is in danger. And by ‘warning’ against possible defences I will actually give them the tools to counter and solve such issues.


    Seretta Gamba

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    The overlooked importance of a good Scrum Master

    Lynoure Braakman, Scrum Master & Programmer, Neuland - Büro für Informatik GmbH

    The role of the Scrum Master is on the surface level easy to understand as someone making sure Scrum is implemented correctly and facilitating meetings. This talk is about the difference that can be made by Scrum Master who fully embraces the potential of their role.


    Lynoure Braakman

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    Scrumboard gamification

    Boris Wrubel, Software Test Engineer, Independent Consultant

    Scrumboards can be annoying. It needs discipline of all team members to keep it up to date. But there are some things and easy fixes you can do to keep a better overview. Boris will show how you can motivate the team and trigger the gamer in all of them.


    Boris Wrubel

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    No Such Thing as Manual Testing and Other Confusions

    Ilari Henrik Aegerter, Managing Director, House of Test / Association for Software Testing

    Software Testing is a young discipline and as with many new things, it is not yet fully understood. Is software testing a technical problem to be solved by engineering solutions? What exactly is the goal of testing? What can you do to become a world-class tester?

    A world-class tester understands that we are confronted with a techno-human system and that our goal as testers is to extract and deliver information about the product in a way that help stakeholders to make the right decisions. Having said that, it does not make a lot of sense to distinguish between manual and automated testing as this categorization is not very helpful.

    Ilari Henrik Aegerter presents a model of software testing that takes both engineering and social aspects into consideration. A lively discussion during the presentation is very welcome.


    Ilari Henrik Aegerter

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    Welcome failure! - Easier said than done!

    Sabine Wojcieszak, Agile & DevOps Enabler at getNext IT

    In the agile world we find a lot of slogans around the topic of failure: "Welcome failure", "fail fast", "Fail early" or "Fail often" are used regularly. And in theory we all agree that we can learn from failure. Some of us also dreaming of a Blameless Culture. But then daily business chatches us up...

    The search for the guilty person starts as well as the finger pointing procedure! Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief not being identified as the originator of a failure. The idea of having caused a failure is often closely connect with the fear of negative consequences. There ae still managers who believe that "punishing" is the only way to make people learn for the future. And yes, people learn: to hide failure; to avoid work, which is more complex; to not look out of their own box; to follow rules blindly and many more.

    But in our modern and complex world failures often happen because of a concatenation of previous situations. If we use the chances of having a close and detailed look on all these events not only from the retrospective point of view, we will be able to identify weaknesses in our system and processes. And who can give us the best and most qualified insight of what has happened than the originator? The originator is the expert for this failure or failed situation and allows us a change in our perspective: not only the retrospective but also the situation and decisions through the eyes of the originator! But to enable this we need to guarantee a culture of psychological safety and punishment is not the way to do this! This talk will shed a light on the significance of the failure slogans for our daily work and doing as individual, as team and as manager. The talk will also take a look from the Just Culture perspective on the topic of failure and classify types of failures. The importance of knowledge management and resilience engineering will be discussed. The talk will try to answer the question what can be done to close the gap between our theoretical understanding of how to deal with failures and the actual daily doing. It will be a trip through the world of failure which will end up at the topics of culture, mindset, leadership and discipline to make the audience re-think their own behavior.


    Sabine Wojcieszak


Ilari Henrik Aegerter

House of Test / Association for Software Testing

Lynoure Braakman

Neuland - Büro für Informatik GmbH

Seretta Gamba

Test Automation Consultant

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Sabine Wojcieszak

getNext IT

Boris Wrubel

Software Test Engineer, Independent Consultant

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Previous Programme

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

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  • 09:00 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

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    Chair’s Scene setting

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    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

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  • 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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