Background

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, Testing and DevOps.

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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Programme

  • Joint Morning Sessions -

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    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

    Ensuring closer collaboration between business, development, operations and testing has been a long term goal of DevOps, Lean and Agile alike in many manifestations. But are silos' always a bad thing? What is the right balance between specialist knowledge and general understanding and capability? How far can any such integration use models and methods that originate in manufacturing? How to we deal with outliers and unintended consequences?

    Speakers:

    Dave Snowden

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    Keynote: Five phrases that shout your agile isn't scaling

    Tony Grout, Transformation Futurist, Atlassian

    * My team's doing great. Where's everyone else?
    * Your Epic is my Feature
    * Anyone know why we're waiting so long for this API?
    * Should we use green or blue? Lets ask the Chief Product Officer
    * We need to get it right first time

    Speakers:

    Tony Grout

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    Keynote: Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW)

    Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their "WoW." This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of "agile coaches."

    In this talk, Mark Lines, co-creator of Disciplined Agile, and co-author of four books on Disciplined Agile, shows how to reference the DAD "Toolkit" to help you make better decisions that make sense for your organization, for your teams, for their unique contexts.  Better decisions lead to better outcomes!

    Speakers:

    Mark Lines

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    Why focussing on Agile alone will not save the day

    Steven ten Napel, Co-founder and CEO of coMakeIT

    There are many reasons why Agile makes sense. Complexity in what needs to be built, changing requirements, changing environments, speed in delivery, increasing quality expectations, and many more. They all have to do with the highly competitive, faster changing business world of today. Innovation is a necessity to stay alive. Innovation means taking steps ahead, continuous progression.

    The big change of today is that nothing is the same as it was yesterday. The customers of ISV’s ( Independent Software Vendors) are quickly becoming their competitors. Traditional enterprises are adopting software IP driven business models. So we need Agile to cope with all of this, right?
    Sure, but first things first. The people. Nowadays challenges call for a renewed attention to good old fashioned craftsmanship. Professionals that have mastered their craft by years of learning. We don’t have to worry about them working agile. They do it by nature. The challenge will be on how to create that craftsmanship, and where to get it from. In other words, how to create and be part of an agile ecosystem, rather than just being agile alone.

    Speakers:

    Steven ten Napel

  • Panel: Challenges in enterprise-wide adoption of Agile, Testing & DevOps -

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    Round Table Session:

    How can we measure quality: quality metrics and tools?
    Elena Bazina, QA Analyst, King

  • Track on Agile and Devops -

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    CASE STUDY: Seven Habits of Effective DevOps

    Vinod Joshi, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

    "Gosh, I want to reduce my cycle times…… I want to do this DevOps thing…… I want to move to that cloud cadence…… My business isn't keeping up!"
    If you feel the same, join me to hear about the Seven Habits of Effective DevOps. These have been learned on the ground with #Microsoft's ongoing journey to #DevOps and how we have moved 82,000+ Microsofties to DevOps. I will share with you the lessons learnt from our journey and some other sub topics covered will be:

    ♦ Team Autonomy and Enterprise Alignment
    ♦ Managing Technical Debt
    ♦ Flow of customer value
    ♦ Evidence gathered in Production
    ♦ Backlog groomed with learning
    ♦ Production first mindset
    ♦ Managing infrastructure as a flexible resource

    Speakers:

    Vinod Joshi

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    CI/CD in COTS domains? Yes, it is possible.
    Showcasing ServiceNow CI/CD.

    Guillermo Martinez, Technology Delivery Architect, Accenture

    Nowadays any High-Level Language Software delivery is moving towards DevOps, sometimes more advanced delivery and organization, sometimes just starting. But there's no doubt DevOps way of working and delivery automation are a must.
    On the other hand, we have COTS applications, where automation is a Chimera, and Agile or DevOps way of working, a dream that becomes a nightmare.

    During this session, we're going to showcase how DevOps (mainly CI/CD practices) are possible for COTS applications. We will cover the challenges, the recommended approach, the skills required and, of course, a demo will be shown.

    Speakers:

    Guillermo Martinez

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    Agile is not (only) for IT

    Pierre Hervouet, EDIDIA SPRL

    In this presentation we will understand why Agile is not only for IT, by going back to the sources, examining the heart of Agile, and looking at the other movements that came to the same conclusion.

    Speakers:

    Pierre Hervouet

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    How to use your Parenting Skills in an Agile Organization

    Evelien Acun-Roos, Agile Coach, Xebia

    Working Agile new to you? If you have kids, you have probably been doing it all the time. The most Agile thing you can do is raising kids; there are no upfront plans or processes to follow, you act on what happens and you inspect and adapt regularly. How to use these skills and knowledge for your Agile teams and organization?

    Key takeaways: what is Agile, advantages of Agile working for your teams and organizations, how can you use the skills and knowledge from parenting with your teams and organizations?

    Speakers:

    Evelien Acun-Roos

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    Sharing Economy 2.0 - From Co-Creation to Open Source by default

    Daniel Gebler, CTO, Picnic

    Picnic is the world’s fastest growing online supermarket that makes grocery shopping simple, fun, and affordable for everyone. After an exciting journey of 3 years stealth-mode engineering followed by 3 years conquering the local market we started now to give back to the open source community. We will show how we used our supplier, customer and technology ecosystems to build a unique farm-to-fork platform and how we are moving towards an open source by default tech strategy.

    Speakers:

    Daniel Gebler

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    Distributed Agile: Working apart together

    Shabi Shafei, Scrum Master, ABN AMRO Bank

    Outsourcing software development to geographically distributed offshore teams has become a popular and profitable practice. Hence, now more than ever, many organisations are showing interest in applying agile approaches in a distributed context But how can you make this work when Agile methodologies advocate working closely together?

    Speakers:

    Shabi Shafei

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    UX Research in an Agile world

    Peter Gevaerts, UX Researcher, BNP Paribas Fortis

    UX Research is an essential part in the world of Agile and DevOps.

    Observing and interviewing customers is a great way to gather qualitative input for your projects. You don’t want to end up developing something that will not be used by anyone.

    I will present some common practices for research in a few clear steps.

    Speakers:

    Peter Gevaerts

  • Joint Morning Sessions -

  • -

    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

    Ensuring closer collaboration between business, development, operations and testing has been a long term goal of DevOps, Lean and Agile alike in many manifestations. But are silos' always a bad thing? What is the right balance between specialist knowledge and general understanding and capability? How far can any such integration use models and methods that originate in manufacturing? How to we deal with outliers and unintended consequences?

    Speakers:

    Dave Snowden

  • -

    Keynote: Five phrases that shout your agile isn't scaling

    Tony Grout, Transformation Futurist, Atlassian

    * My team's doing great. Where's everyone else?
    * Your Epic is my Feature
    * Anyone know why we're waiting so long for this API?
    * Should we use green or blue? Lets ask the Chief Product Officer
    * We need to get it right first time

    Speakers:

    Tony Grout

  • -

    Keynote: Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW)

    Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their "WoW." This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of "agile coaches."

    In this talk, Mark Lines, co-creator of Disciplined Agile, and co-author of four books on Disciplined Agile, shows how to reference the DAD "Toolkit" to help you make better decisions that make sense for your organization, for your teams, for their unique contexts.  Better decisions lead to better outcomes!

    Speakers:

    Mark Lines

  • -

    Why focussing on Agile alone will not save the day

    Steven ten Napel, Co-founder and CEO of coMakeIT

    There are many reasons why Agile makes sense. Complexity in what needs to be built, changing requirements, changing environments, speed in delivery, increasing quality expectations, and many more. They all have to do with the highly competitive, faster changing business world of today. Innovation is a necessity to stay alive. Innovation means taking steps ahead, continuous progression.

    The big change of today is that nothing is the same as it was yesterday. The customers of ISV’s ( Independent Software Vendors) are quickly becoming their competitors. Traditional enterprises are adopting software IP driven business models. So we need Agile to cope with all of this, right?
    Sure, but first things first. The people. Nowadays challenges call for a renewed attention to good old fashioned craftsmanship. Professionals that have mastered their craft by years of learning. We don’t have to worry about them working agile. They do it by nature. The challenge will be on how to create that craftsmanship, and where to get it from. In other words, how to create and be part of an agile ecosystem, rather than just being agile alone.

    Speakers:

    Steven ten Napel

  • Panel: Challenges in enterprise-wide adoption of Agile, Testing & DevOps -

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    Round Table Session:

    How can we measure quality: quality metrics and tools?
    Elena Bazina, QA Analyst, King

  • Track on Testing -

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    Now it is time for a positive leadership form!

    Joan de Jong, Director Banking, Everis

    With the introduction of Open Innovation and Agile a new form a leadership is needed.

    Old school top-down management using command and control must be replaced. But how to become an Agile Leader? Is applying the Agile Leadership principles what is needed to be a good manager in an agile organization?

    Speakers:

    Joan de Jong

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    The FutureProof Tester- How to test blockchain based applications

    Sanne Visser, Testcoördinator, Qbiek / Nederlandse Spoorwegen

    The talk provides an understandable explanation of how blockchain works. Followed by the questions testers should ask before any software is built using blockchain. Concluding with how to test blockchain. Which is vulnerable to specific types of mistakes and hacks which rarely occur in traditional IT.

    Speakers:

    Sanne Visser

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    Doubt Builds Trust

    Elizabeth Zagroba, Test Engineer, Mendix, Netherlands

    I trust the tester who expresses doubt. Doubt builds trust.

    Testing software means engaging with uncertainty. Our communication should reflect that. Saying “I don’t know” can spark a dialogue. We’ll think about why it’s most important to say “I don’t know” in an interview and how this can help a you find an environment where they can thrive.

    Speakers:

    Elizabeth Zagroba

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    Agile QA: From Quality Assurance to Quality Assistance

    Elena Bazina, QA Analyst, King

    At King we don't do Quality Assurance. We don't think it's possible for a centralized team to assure quality in a large organization. So what does QA stand for at King? It stands for Quality Assistance! Our mission is to help Teams take ownership of quality.

    Speakers:

    Elena Bazina

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    Presentation and speaker to be confirmed by MicroFocus

Speakers

Evelien Acun-Roos

Agile Coach, Xebia

Elena Bazina

QA Analyst, King

Daniel Gebler

CTO, Picnic

Peter Gevaerts

UX Researcher, BNP Paribas Fortis

Tony Grout

Transformation Futurist, Atlassian

Pierre Hervouet

EDIDIA SPRL

Joan de Jong

Director Banking, Everis

Vinod Joshi

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Mark Lines

Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

Guillermo Martinez

Technology Delivery Architect, Accenture

Steven ten Napel

Co-founder and CEO of coMakeIT

Shabi Shafei

Scrum Master, ABN AMRO Bank

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Sanne Visser

Testcoördinator, Qbiek / Nederlandse Spoorwegen

Elizabeth Zagroba

Test Engineer, Mendix

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