This event is co-located with Testing Showcase North
Delegates may attend any sessions from across the two conferences.

Agile and DevOps have shared environments that facilitate working together.  These methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production.  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 is also an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and Agile & DevOps tool vendors.

Other highlights of the day:

Joint morning session of Keynote presentations with Testing Showcase North

The Round Table session:This 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. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary. Please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.

Benefits of attending:

  • Learn from subject experts addressing topical issues
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Discover latest technical skills, tools, tips and tricks in the industry
  • Hear about new developments in Agile and DevOps
  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet executives and professionals from your same industry area
  • Develop and benchmark your working Strategies
  • Take away insights and lessons from presentations not specifically focused on your main interest area
  • Discussion and networking are encouraged via Q&A sessions after the presentations and during the breaks

Topics to be covered:

  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • Agile: The changing face of business
  • How DevOps and Agile can help Digital Transformation
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Scrum board Gamification
  • Mob Programming
  • Team leadership
  • Individuals and interactions over process and tools
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

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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 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.

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

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

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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    Growing Pains: Attempting to Scale Teams, Maintain Culture & Deliver in an Agile Manner

    Shabbir Naqvi, Programme Delivery Lead, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

    Over the past three years, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP has experienced exponential growth. The tech teams have grown from 500 strong to 1,000+ and the complexity of work has increased tenfold as the company navigates through the merger as well as natural growth.

    The main challenges faced were as follows:

    • How do we grow the tech teams to cater for the new demand of work?
    • Whilst growing, how do we maintain the strong culture already present?
    • How do we structure our work to enable us to deliver in a somewhat agile way?
    • Conversely, can we even deliver in an agile way given the certain types of requirements we have?
    • How do we move from a project mindset to a programme mindset?

    We attempted various different solutions, including looking at some scaled agile frameworks as well as trying our own custom solution. We have made many mistakes along the way and are nowhere near the end of the journey, however we feel we have made enough progress to share with the community.

    Rather than just settling for something out there, we ended up decided on a way of working for ourselves which is still evolving. I will share some of the main points in the talk so attendees can have some practical pieces of advice to walk away with, should they face a similar problem.


    Shabbir Naqvi

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    Make your Developer your Customer

    Colin Deady, Head of Product and Innovation, Capita Application Services

    In high-agility teams "shift left" is but a starter for ten. While the goal is clearly stated, for example: deliver maximum benefit for the client for minimum engineering effort, compromise occurs when "client benefit over engineering creativity" is unwittingly added as a Manifesto item. Minimum effort often translates to short-term "do it now" attitudes and siloisation, the exact opposite of agility. Let us discover who the customers of the team really are and step away from the binary end points of "client" or "end user". Sometimes, we will discover that the Customer is the Developer and not the Client at all.


    Colin Deady

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    Agents of Change

    Jon Fulton, Equal Experts

    Agile practitioners everywhere work hard to build successful delivery capabilities and achieve great outcomes. More often than not, that means helping change the way things get done.

    Jon will explore behaviours that can be both helpful and unhelpful when trying to influence organisations and be an Agent of Change.


    Jon Fulton


Jon Fulton

Equal Experts

Shabbir Naqvi

Programme Delivery Lead, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

Colin Deady

Head of Product and Innovation, Capita Application Services

Previous Programme

  • Joint Morning session with TestExpo and Enterprise AI -

  • Chair for the joint morning session: Gary Moore, Vice President, Sogeti -

  • 09:00 -

    UNICOM’s Welcome

  • 09:05 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:15 -

    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Putting the Customer First

  • 10:30 -

    Keynote: Agile Data for DevOps

  • 10:50 -

    Introduction to sponsors and supporting bodies

  • 11:00 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 11:30 -

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

  • 12:15 -

    Design Centric approach to Intelligent Automation (IA)

  • 12:45 -

    Keynote: Agile Revisited

  • 13:15 -


  • 14:15 -

    Round Table sessions

  • 14:45 -

    Change to separate tracks

  • Afternoon session on Agile & DevOps Expo -

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

  • 14:55 -

    Chair’s introduction

  • 15:00 -

    Holistic DevOps: Why changes in culture, leadership and technology are critical to achieving a success transformation

  • 15:30 -

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

  • 16:00 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 16:15 -

    Agile, DevOps and Bots

  • 16:35 -

    Scaling Teams & Delivering Programmes in an Agile Manner

  • 17:05 -

    Excellent Engineering: discover your Manifesto for agility. Avoid the Singularity of Failure

  • 17:35 -

    Chair’s summing-up

  • 17:45 -

    Close of conference and drinks reception.


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