Background and Focus

The sixty-eight words in the Agile Manifesto, written in 2001, revolutionised software development and also business in general. Almost every business sector is “doing Agile” in some form or another. But there has also been criticism of the approach and some have struggled and failed. Twenty years on, a recent survey shows a high level of Agile immaturity as it appears that the simple principles are hard to do well. One reason could be the uncertainty in the current work world, so organisations need to change the Agile ways of working and investigate how they adopt and use new agile practices. They also need to examine the practices of others and see the values that could be adapted to suit their particular needs. Based on that, they can decide and define their technical needs and methods.

The term DevOps is about eight years old, but it continues to gain momentum as big organisations have made validating investments in it. This isn’t exactly new. Many industry watchers believe it’s no longer a question of if your organization will adopt these practices, but when. And yet DevOps is still evolving, as are the tools and technologies that support it. DevOps encompasses a number of technologies that weren’t initially considered, but that have now become quite essential. Industry analyst Gartner says that this evolving discipline “demands a linked tool chain of technologies to facilitate collaborative change”. So, the question to you is “What will you be adopting?”

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? How are testers coping? What are the stories coming in? What is working well and what can be done better?

Topics to be covered

  • DevOps and Continuous Integration Testing (CI)
  • Agile Software Testing
  • Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD)
  • Cloud-Based Performance Testing
  • Web Services Testing
  • Mobile Applications Testing
  • Microcontainers
  • Serverless Architecture
  • Future of Containers
  • Success metrics of Agile
  • Performance Testing
  • Automation for continuous deployment
  • The evolution of Kubernetes
  • BDD and ATDD
  • Leveraging AI into Testing
  • Agile Scrum and Agile XP
  • AI approach to Testing
  • Barriers to adoption of Testing
  • Testers as Quality advocates
  • DevOps as a tool for process change
  • DevFinOps; BusDevOps
  • Gherkin and Model Based Testing
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Implementing security
  • Moving from monoliths to microservices
  • AI & ML
  • Enterprise Application Testing
  • Agile Test Management

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.

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: US Eastern Time 08:00 – CET 14:00 – GMT 13:00 hrs
END TIME: US Eastern Time 13:45 – CET 19:45 – GMT 18:45 hrs

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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.

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Programme

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN GMT.
DAY 1: 10 FEBRUARY
DAY 2: 11 FEBRUARY

11:15GMT UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION

11:20 SPONSOR’S ICE-BREAKER SESSION

11:30 PLENARY – CoObservability, Metrics and DevOps Read More
Matthew Livermore, Principal Solutions Consultant (EMEA), PagerDuty

Matthew Livermore, Principal Solutions Consultant (EMEA), PagerDuty

DevOps is about more than just pipeline. It’s also about culture. Find out how Morgan Stanley leverage PagerDuty to optimise feedback loops and reinforce ownership, improve team visibility into incident management processes, and better understand metrics and observability to make real-time operations a reality.

11:50: Q&A

12:00 Keynote: Agile Leadership Read More & Watch Video
Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová, Independent Agile coach and trainer

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová, Independent Agile coach and trainer

In order to change organization, leaders have to change first. Be one of them and turn your organization into the successful Agile organization.

Organizations are constantly evolving, they change their structures, processes, and rules. Last decade they’ve been changing into Agile, and surprisingly despite all the effort and money they put into transformation, they’ve been often failing. The same way as culture follows an organization, the culture follows leaders. Companies were trying to break that rule for years and change the culture without changing leadership style. Nowadays this rule seems to win and organizations are moving towards different leadership styles and surprisingly becoming successful. In order to change organization, leaders have to change first. Be one of them and turn your organization into a successful Agile organization.

  • Understand the culture model, how the two halves of mindset and structure are wired together and what are the implication of that for the leader.
  • Learn how the culture mirrors the leadership style.
  • Raise awareness of Agile Leader competences and metaskills.

View Zuzana Zuzi Šochová’s video

12:20: Q&A

12:30 OpsDev: Shifting Right, over Shifting Left 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

Thirteen years ago, the concept of DevOps was first introduced with a focus on the culture. However, over the last 10 years DevOps has been ‘Dev-centric’ approach to build operational capabilities to enable Continuous Delivery and Deployment (CDD). In this session, we will explore the reversely named ‘Ops-centric’ approach where OpsDev is “driving Ops actions with Dev concern” especially as operation is customer facing and carries impact to brand perception. So if customer expectations is the only reality and actual business value & revenue is generated by operational capabilities. Then why have we been focusing on the ‘Application Delivery’ and not ‘IT Operations’? will this be the end of ‘Information Technology’ (IT) projects and the shift to ‘Product Engineering’ by joining the business with the power of IT i.e. ‘Business information Technology’ (BiT).

12:50: Q&A

13:00 MODERATED PANEL WITH SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS Read More
PANELLISTS: ZUZANA ŠOCHOVÁ, INDEPENDENT TRAINER; MATTHEW LIVERMORE, PAGERDUTY; JONATHON WRIGHT, DIGITAL ASSURED & VIVIT.

13:30: Networking and sponsors’ booth viewing

14:00 DevOps for the rest of us Read More
Clemens Reijnen, CTO Cloud and DevOps Leader, Sogeti Global and Darren Coupland, VP, Sogeti UK

Clemens Reijnen, CTO Cloud and DevOps Leader, Sogeti Global and Darren Coupland, VP, Sogeti UK

Transforming IT into an enterprise-wide DevOps delivery model is not easy. Microsoft together with Sogeti have launched the ‘Enterprise DevOps Report 2020-21’. It reveals six key areas of enterprise-scale IT that face significant challenges as part of this DevOps transformation. The report is based on the McKinsey Developer Velocity study (which yielded the Developer Velocity Index) and a research study involving Sogeti Cloud and DevOps practitioners.

The findings of these two studies have been combined to reveal key areas of enterprise-scale IT that face significant challenges as part of Enterprise DevOps transformation.

You’ll learn about:

  • DevOps for the rest of us – organisations not born digital must navigate six challenges to avoid the transformation valley of death: Product Management; Distributed Teams and Remote Working; IT Governance; Quality; Security; Compliance
  • The most defining differentiator for top performing organisations trying to promote innovation and developer satisfaction
  • InnerSource – what role does it play in attracting new talent and as a mechanism for accelerated learning? Discover how an InnerSoure model breaks down development barriers between internal and external teams.

14:20: Q&A

14:30 Greenhouse of Test Automation: Visualize quality assurance using InfluxDB and Grafana Read More
Anaïs van Asselt, Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

Anaïs van Asselt, Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

In this session I will take you on a voyage of discovery through unknown gardens and greenhouses.

What can we learn from greenhouses to get the most out of test automation? How can you visualize the health and added value of test automation with an Influx database and Grafana dashboard?

You will be provided with an approach, tools, lessons learned to start your own journey of building confidence in quality assurance through visualizing test automation.

View Anais van Asselt’s video

14:50: Q&A

15:00 Case Study: Automation done easy Read More & Watch Video
Werner Oosthuizen, Testing Team Lead, Fastcomm

Werner Oosthuizen, Testing Team Lead, Fastcomm

I created a framework using Appium and Selenium doing the heavy lifting for me and coding my Automation tests using Ruby.

I created this structure to enable any willing tester to become an automation tester with very little to no coding experience required.

I am able to automate Android, iOS and Portal (Web) & parallel automation using one Appium server and three emulators running either the same test or different test steps on each individual emulator using a very simple method.

View Werner Oosthuizen’s video

15:20: Q&A

15:30: NETWORKING AND SPONSORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

16:00 Agile is not the (only) way to achieve agility! Read More & Watch Video
Natty Gur, Founder, Galaxies

Natty Gur, Founder, Galaxies

Complexity and uncertainty challenge any aspect of our personal and professional life. It’s a modern challenge, a by-product of our progress in any aspect of life. Agility considers being one of the best ways to deal with complexity and uncertainty.

Several agile frameworks, based on the Toyota production system, are available helping companies to become more agile. But there are inherent challenges in all Agile framework. Challenges that prevent all agile framework to provide their promises.

In this talk, we will understand the challenge that drives the creation of Agile frameworks, explore the current agile framework challenges, understand what are the alternatives, explore a case study, and equip you with the first three practical steps to achieve agility without using Agile frameworks.

View Natty Guŕ’s video

16:20: Q&A

16:30 MODERATED PANEL WITH SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS Read More
PANELLISTS: ANAÏS VAN ASSELT, DETESTERS; WERNER OOSTHUIZEN, FASTCOMM; CLEMENS REIJNEN, DARREN COUPLAND, SOGETI; SRIRAM RAJAGOPALAN, INFLECTRA; NATTY GUR,GALAXIES

17:00: NETWORKING AND SPONSORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

17:30: CLOSE OF DAY ONE

11:15GMT UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION

11:20 SPONORS’ICE-BREAKER SESSION

11:30 KEYNOTE: USER STORIES – FROM GOOD INTENTIONS TO BAD OUTCOMES. Read More & Watch Video
Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

User stories are one of the most visible artefacts of most agile methods and, as such, have generated large quantities of expert advice. In my experience, much of that advice is open to misinterpretation.

In this session, we’ll explore several classic pieces of advice, to see how misunderstandings can cause problems, despite the best intentions

View Seb Rose’s video

11:50: Q&A

12:00 Leanify your feedback Read More
Colin Deady, Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre UK & Ireland

Colin Deady, Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre UK & Ireland

It’s 2001 and the team says, “let’s do Agile and automate our tests!” They start layering the cake reducing net feedback time between Tester and Developer. Roll forward to 2010 and the mantra “automate our tests!” is now established and practiced. Yet, feedback loops often began to increase again. Teams were delivering untoward complexity by adding too many layers to the cake. They had lost sight of the goal: valuable, actionable, fast feedback.

Today, software complexity far outstrips the pace of traditional test automation. With the use of TDD and BDD coupled to hexagonal architectures we should be stripping layers from the cake. Our automation should be faster and leaner with the gaps between Customer, Developer and Tester virtually eliminated.

Instead, and in many cases, complexity increases and value slips away.

In this talk we will examine reasons why, discovering that it is often trust, delegation of responsibility, literalism to a cause (“Testers test…”) and counting volume not value of work that is causing a divergence from our goals. Instead, we need to accelerate the provision of valuable information to enable technical and business actions of value.

We need to leanify our feedback.

12:20: Q&A

12:30 DevSecOps – advanced tools helping us to achieve the goal Read More
Pavlo Serdiuk, DevOps Team Lead, Accenture, Riga, Latvia

Pavlo Serdiuk, DevOps Team Lead, Accenture, Riga, Latvia

DevSecOps is the integration of security into emerging agile IT and DevOps development as seamlessly and as transparently as possible. It could be done without reducing the agility or speed of developers or requiring them to leave their development toolchain environment.

12:50: Q&A

13:00 Moderated Panel with Speakers and Sponsors Read More
Panellists: Seb Rose, SmartBear; Colin Deady, Capita; Pavlo Serdiuk, Accenture.

13:30: NETWORKING AND SPONSORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

14:00: How NOT to do DevOps Read More
Danny Higler, Senior Agile & DevOps Coach, Wemanity

Danny Higler, Senior Agile & DevOps Coach, Wemanity

How NOT to do DevOps: Real life situations as a DevOps Coach.

14:20: Q&A

14:30 Forecasting, the next level: Portfolio & program level.Read More
Jan De Baere, Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

Jan De Baere, Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

A lot of companies do master the forecasting at team level. Typically in larger organizations this has limited effect. To have effect on the bottom line organizations must have their portfolio/program/project level under control.

In this session we’ll discover what the main issues are, how to overcome them & real live cases. A talk about fat tails, complexity and the impact of your organization on your ability to forecast.

14:50: Q&A

15:00 IS safe REALLY SAFERead More
Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs and Veeresh Erched, Senior Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs

Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs and Veeresh Erched, Senior Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs

If we thought transforming to Agile was tough, scaling it is obviously tougher. This talk covers various challenges that SaFe poses in organizational transformation.
We cover use cases in a large SAFe implementation – the bumpy journey and the lasting benefits it brings. We would also try to highlight the various roles that get disrupted and how to play it SAFe in this journey.

15:20: Q&A

15:30: NETWORKING AND SPONSORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

16:00 Evolving your career: Questions an interviewee should ask Read More & Watch Video
Mike Harris, Tester, Geckoboard and BCS

Mike Harris, Tester, Geckoboard and BCS

Choosing to work at a new company involves excitement, possibility and risk. Working with lean and agile teams provides a great framework for testers and it is useful to explore a company’s lean and agile practices before accepting a job offer. My talk will make suggestions about how to reduce risk when accepting a new job offer by using the interview to question a prospective employer about their lean and agile practices.

View Mike Harris’s video

16:20: Q&A

16:30 Moderated Panel with Speakers and Sponsors Read More
Panellists: Jan De Baere, Cegeka; Mike Harris, Geckoboard and BCS; Arun Narayanaswamy & Veeresh Erched, Amadeus Labs; Danny Higler, Wemanity.

17:00: CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Speakers

Anaïs van Asselt

Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

Jan De Baere

Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

Darren Coupland

VP, Sogeti UK

Colin Deady

Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre UK & Ireland

Veeresh Erched

Senior Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs

Natty Gur

Founder, Galaxies

Mike Harris

Tester, Geckoboard and BCS

Danny Higler

Senior Agile & DevOps Coach, Wemanity

Matthew Livermore

Principal Solutions Consultant (EMEA), PagerDuty

ARUN NARAYANASWAMY

Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs

Werner Oosthuizen

Testing Team Lead, Fastcomm
Sriram Rajagopalan

Sriram Rajagopalan

Enterprise Agile Evangelist, Inflectra

Clemens Reijnen

CTO Cloud and DevOps Leader, Sogeti Global

Seb Rose

BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Pavlo Serdiuk

DevOps Team Lead, Accenture, Riga, Latvia

Zuzana Zuzi Šochová

Independent Agile coach and trainer

Jonathon Wright

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

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