Background and Focus

Since the Agile Manifesto in 2001, almost every business sector has been “doing Agile” in some form or another. But now, with the uncertainty in the current work world, organisations have changed and investigated how to adopt and use new agile practices and have also examined the practices of others and seen the values that could be adapted to suit the business aspect.

In the last decade, DevOps practitioners, too have changed their focus from development and built their operational capabilities and become customer facing with emphasis on actual business value and revenue.

Testers have always been at the coal face of ensuring that “stuff works as it should”. Is there anything different in the actual testing of new digital products, new interfaces with clients which must always provide the optimum user experience?

Agile, DevOps and Testing have shared environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes. They are working together to build transparent processes with an aim to meet the customers’ expectations and generate revenue.

This event is mainly focused on participants from Europe and the US; hence the start and end times have been chosen for the convenience of participants from these Time Zones.
START TIME: CDT 05:00; CET 12:00; BST 11:00; IST 16:30.

Popular DevOps tool chain products and supporting technologies: Jenkins continuous integration server ● Docker containerization platform ● Git version control system ● Apache Maven Build Management Tool ● New Relic analytics platform ● Splunk operational Intelligence Platform ● Puppet, Ansible ● Chef Configuration Management Systems.

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UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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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 vision in these three fields. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in panel sessions only. Please also get in touch if you would like to participate in the Round Table session.

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 important topics of discussion / panels where you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

We are also planning short “how to do” sessions or full-day workshops to run as pre or post conference events. Let us know if you have a related topic that you want to run as a workshop or an extended briefing.

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

Programme

DAY 1: 28 APRIL
DAY 2: 29 APRIL

11:00: UNICOM’s Introduction

11:05: Keynote: The UNICOM Guide to Agile, DevOps & Testing Read More
Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President, Vivit Worldwide

Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President, Vivit Worldwide

DON’T PANIC … In the style of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy …. Grab yourself a wet towel …. Extend your thumb …. Prepare to unlock the untold secrets of Agile, DevOps & Testing!

Join Jonathon who is going to share 42 repositories of industry knowledge and wisdom:

  • The truth around scaling agile from the experts after reflecting 20 years of the Agile-Manifesto.com
  • Beyond Enterprise DevOps, including SRE, Chaos Engineering and Unbreakable Pipeline.
  • Session-based Testing (Exploratory & AI-Driven) leveraging Enterprise Crowd Testing and Augmented Intelligence.

11:45: Transition Break

11:50: Software Engineering Quality in an Automated World Read More & Watch Video
Sarah Saunders, Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

Sarah Saunders, Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

With DevOps providing automated quality checks and BDD/test coverage ensuring a codebase meets certain requirements, what software engineering skills do we recruit for? Can anyone now produce production-quality code? If not, what is it that we should focus on to create the best teams we can?

We often refer back to the Agile Manifesto, but we should align this with the Software Crafstmanship Manifesto, and remind ourselves of the aspects of a team and a project which result in quality and hence success.

View Sarah Saunder’s video

12:20: Tool Demo, Sponsor’s booth viewing and break

12:40: The Joy of Managing Engineering Teams.
Maryam Umar, Head of Quality, Thought Machine

13:10: Transition Break

13:15: Google Apostle Study says “Psychological Safety is number 1” for team performance Read More & Watch Video
Michael Short, Founder and CEO, Culture Works Consulting

Michael Short, Founder and CEO, Culture Works Consulting

Google studied most effective drivers of team working, Psychological Safety was number one. Agile working is about teams that are inclusive, learning, collaborative and challenging. Agile working fails when these elements are not generated and maintained. Psychological safety should be top of your list to achieve Agile Teamworking.

View Michael Short’s video

13:45: Tool Demo, Sponsor’s booth viewing and break

14:05: How Low-Code Enables Continuous Testing in DevOps Read More
Dan Belcher, Co-founder at mabl

Dan Belcher, Co-founder at mabl

As an industry, we understand that effective test automation is a key enabler – or inhibitor to – realizing the potential of DevOps. Automation is critical to innovating with speed and quality, and we’ve spent innumerable hours of engineering effort on sophisticated test automation suites. But, very few of us are happy with the results.

In this session, mabl Co-founder Dan Belcher will share how low-code platforms enable entire teams to shift testing left and integrate automated tests directly into your pipelines. Dan will also share a set of strategies to overcome traditional challenges with test automation throughout the DevOps pipeline. In the end, you’ll have a foundation for an efficient and effective testing strategy and an understanding of the technology needed to be successful.

14:35: Transition Break

14:40: Keynote: “It’s Complicated” – Complexity Theory, Forecasting and the Nature of Work Read More & Watch Video
Tom Hoyland, Agile and DevOps Lead, Sky Betting and Gaming

Tom Hoyland, Agile and DevOps Lead, Sky Betting and Gaming

Why did that work take longer than expected? What’s the best way to deliver this new thing? In this talk, we’ll be diving into the world of Complexity Theory and how teams have been using it to understand the nature of work, increase confidence in forecasts and better manage risk.

View Tom Hoyland’s video

15:20: Transition Break

15:25 Panel Discussion with the day’s speakers, sponsors and guests.

16:00: End of day one

11:00: UNICOM’s Introduction

11:05: Keynote: Changing the game Read More
Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

The speed of change in technology capability often means that the business is not aware of what is possible and any specification of needs is limited in consequence. Making a business case for the adoption of new approaches is often focused on justifying the IT organisation as a delivery capability rather than a partner in achieving strategic objectives. Mapping unarticulated needs against known capability, creating artifactual structures that all a co-evolution of business need with technological capability, focusing on structures that are resilient, able to resolve problems that cannot currently be predicteed. Based on the recently pubushed EU Commission Field Guide to managing Complexity (and Chaos) this presentation will identity new pathways that help shift technology from need driven capability to strategic partner.

11:45: Transition Break

11:50: Driving competitive advantage through Non-Functional Testing ! Read More & Watch Video
Sudeep Chatterjee, Head of QA and Testing, London Stock Exchange

Sudeep Chatterjee, Head of QA and Testing, London Stock Exchange

In this talk, Sudeep Chatterjee, describes the importance of non functional requirements and testing vis-a-vis functional requirements and testing. Sudeep will show real world examples of how businesses are affected and the scale of the problem when the non-functional problem comes up in business operations.

This presentation focuses on the fact that non-functional requirements and testing are same as or perhaps more important than functional requirements and testing and the SDLC practices should be geared more towards acknowledging this and focussing more on Non Functional Requirements and Testing. Sudeep will show what types of Non Functional Requirements should be considered, what are the usual challenges of testing non functional requirements particularly in Agile and DevOps and show too some simple tips and tricks to improve the non functional testing space for your organisation.

View Sudeep Chatterjee’s video

12:20: Tool Demo, Sponsor’s booth viewing and break

12:40: The business value of human centred-design in the DevOps environment. Read More & Watch Video
Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Consultant

Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Consultant

In a world of complexity and uncertainty, it’s been widely acknowledged that businesses need to adapt and respond to change through applying Agile ways of working and DevOps principles. However, the business value of such efforts is not always clear to the business stakeholders or even delivery teams. This talk delves into human-centred design which is necessary to create new ways of working and its business value that can be delivered to your business stakeholders. I will also propose a possible answer to measuring business value and ROI in the DevOps environment.

View Iwona Winiarska’s video

13:10: Transition Break

13:15: Digital Transformation and Competitive Advantage through Continuous Delivery Read More
Keith Watson, Director of DevOps, ADP

Keith Watson, Director of DevOps, ADP

Gaining support from key stakeholders for projects which implement DevOps principles and practices in digital transformation is key to gaining buy-in for any successful business case. Using experiences from two companies, this presentation will cover tangible examples of how to demonstrate the value of DevOps to Agile teams and the wider business.

13:45: Tool Demo, Sponsor’s booth viewing and break

14:05: How To Navigate A Career In QA Read More & Watch Video
Nicola Martin, Committee Member, BCS Special Interest Group in Software Testing

Nicola Martin, Committee Member, BCS Special Interest Group in Software Testing

A brief talk for anyone new to testing or wondering what to do next in their career. We’ll cover

  • How to get into a testing role?
  • Career paths
  • Career trends
  • What do you do once you are on the path?

We’ll look at the skills you need to make improvements in your current role or to get ready for your next challenge.

View Nicola Martiń’s video

14:35: Transition Break

14:40: Keynote: Maximising the ROI of Agile Read More & Watch Video
Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Agile adoption is widespread, but has it really improved the bottom line for the organisation, or just for the consultants and certification providers? In this session I’ll describe the benefits that agile adoption brings and explore how organisations can maximise their ROI.

View Seb Rose’s video

15:20: Transition Break

15:25: Panel Discussion with the day’s speakers, sponsors and guests.

16:00: End of conference

Speakers

Dan Belcher

Co-founder at mabl

Sudeep Chatterjee

Head of QA and Testing, London Stock Exchange

Tom Hoyland

Agile and DevOps Lead, Sky Betting and Gaming

Nicola Martin

Committee Member, BCS Special Interest Group in Software Testing

Seb Rose

BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Sarah Saunders

Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

Michael Short

Founder and CEO, Culture Works Consulting

DAVE SNOWDEN

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Maryam Umar

Head of Quality, Thought Machine

KEITH WATSON

Director of DevOps, ADP

Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Consultant

Jonathon Wright

CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President, Vivit Worldwide

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