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