In the last two decades, almost every business sector has changed and have investigated how to adopt and use new practices. They have changed their focus in development, testing so that “stuff works as it should” and they are building their operational capabilities to become customer facing with emphasis on actual business value and revenue.
Technology too, in the business landscape is ever-evolving as business challenges have become increasingly complex. To keep up, organisations must build and deploy innovative, timely solutions. Low Code, a new visual approach to software development has been making its mark in building and delivering software solutions at speed.
The focus of the conference is on finding methods and tools for business value through the adoption of Agile, DevOps and Testing and well-built software. This transformation depends on significant changes in culture, roles & responsibilities, team structure, and tools & processes.
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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 the panel sessions only.
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.
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Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear
Everything looks solvable if you ignore most of the complications. Many things look impossible if you’re stuck in the weeds. The current fashion for low/no code solutions heralds the cyclical return to looking for solutions that require softer skillsets. When is this appropriate and when is it a recipe for disaster?
Steve McNickle, Business Director EMEA, HeadSpin and Sai Kodali, QA Lead at Philip Morris International
As organisations race to deploy mobile and web applications with market-leading features, there is the continual challenge to assure a fluid, performant digital engagement with their consumers. This is particularly so with interactive or media-rich applications, those utilising 3rd party SDK and API components, and those with a global reach. Many new opportunities are also arising due to new technologies such as 5G, which also bring additional variations that will affect customer experience.
We will investigate the challenges and associated automated approaches to exploit the opportunities with the desired consumer engagement.
Sudeep Chatterjee, Head Of Qa And Testing, London Stock Exchange
DevOps is a goal for many organisations to achieve the vision of reducing end to end product development cycle time and to deliver value to business and customers faster. With advanced development practices and tools, organisations have successfully achieved CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Development) but CT (Continuous Testing) remains elusive. In this talk, I would explain how low code test automation solutions can help reach the CI/CD/CT objectives.
Amir Shaked, SVP R&D, PerimeterX, Tel Aviv, Israel
Building and maintaining a five 9s system isn’t just about the tools and technologies. Development culture has a big part in how you keep a system available while scaling it up and supporting more features, users, and locations.
A healthy learning culture, supporting the development, not repairing mistakes, and identifying weak points is another tool in the engineering toolbox.
In this talk, we will discuss how to create a learning culture using debriefs, what to avoid, and how to instil change in an engineering organization.
Thomas Lavin, Product Manager, 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, the mabl speaker will share how low-code platforms enable entire teams to shift testing left and integrate automated tests directly into your pipelines. The speaker 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.
Giovanni Asproni, Principal Consultant at Zuhlke Engineering Ltd
Mob Programming (aka. Ensemble Programming) is a software development approach where the whole team works on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer.
In this talk I’ll share some lessons learned (warts and all) on how my team and I used mob programming to deliver successfully, and to very high quality standards (zero defects in production, so far) one of the backend systems used by the NHS COVID-19 app.
In particular, I’ll explain why and how we did that in a context that included:
Panel Moderator: Colin Deady, Agile Lead, PPS
PANELLISTS: Seb Rose, SmartBear; Gaurav Mathur, HeadSpin; Steve McNickle, HeadSpin; Sai Kodali, Philip Morris International; Sudeep Chatterjee, London Stock Exchange; Amir Shaked, PerimeterX; Thomas Lavin, mabl; Giovanni Asproni, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd; Sabrina Bruce, Host Agile World Show; Karl Smith, Host Agile World Show; Peter Maddison, Xodiac Inc.
Prof Dave Snowden, Director Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer Cognitive Edge
On the whole low code area, I think there is an architectural piece here about objects and assemblies which includes people and methods as well as code – work on semiotics is important here. Also work on abstraction and how you use it – we are working on a multi-vendor multi-methods approach here which includes agile. So that would set a wider context to understand how to fit better within the user environment.
Andy Wyatt, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Saucelabs
Functional testing is evolving – digital confidence is more important than ever and visual testing is a rapidly emerging technique that is enabling organisations to push the boundaries of traditional test automation.
This presentation introduces visual testing, explains what visual defects are and will show some recent examples found on the web. It will then go on to explain some of the ways you can capture these defects within your testing processes utilising the new Sauce Visual solution and hypothetical impact on your existing test automation strategy.
Iwona Winiarska, Head of Delivery, Tecknuovo
When embarking on a digital transformation journey, it’s been acknowledged that not only technology but also people and process side of delivery needs to change. Therefore, many organisations adopt new ways of working, agile methods and tools. Since the Agile manifesto was introduced, we have also learnt that one size does not fit all and even the best known framework doesn’t always deliver the expected results. So how can we go about choosing the right method that suits our context, our team size and product we’re building? What direction shall we take to benefit from the new methods and tools the most and embrace the new way of working? The answers to these questions will help us define the approach and direction we may need to take in order to transform our businesses inside out.
Adarsh Mehrotra, Industry Principal Consultant, Infosys
Relentless business demands for new applications and software, practices and development trends such as DevOps, Agile, Cloud, AI, Automation and others, require a new paradigm in traditional security. Decisions need to be made early at scale without sacrificing security. The topic covers Safety practices covering the three pillars of People, Process & Tooling with Governance layer across SDLC to ensure consistency of the services.
Sabrina C E Bruce, Co Founder Agile World, Director & Consultant Direct Agile Limited and Karl Smith, Co Founder Agile World, UK Director Organisational Agility, US Director Agile World Inc
Today Sabrina and Karl Hosts of Agile World talk show will share some insights gleaned from their guests and their reflection from their own external consultancy on changing the culture in organisations. Moving from command and control culture to continuous optimisation at every level in an organisation is a team effort that creates a new mindset and set of cultural impact.
Peter Maddison, VP of Engineering, Xodiac Inc.
Although DevOps practices deliver incredible benefits to organizations looking to improve their software delivery practices, the larger positive impact of DevOps to delivering value is often harder to realize. A set of practices we’ve found to help organizations is something we call the 4 Maps of DevOps.
Fitting nicely in between the 3 ways and 5 ideals, the 4 maps consist of Outcome Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Dependency Mapping and Capability Mapping. They help you create a powerful roadmap that is outcomes-focused and targeted at the most important problems.
Through this talk, I’ll walk through the benefits these maps produce, how they relate to one another and the problems you can target with them. I’ll go through some real-life examples of using these maps to help organizations.
This talk is for anybody who is struggling to work out where to start or where to go next with their adoption of DevOps.
Panel Moderator: Colin Deady, Agile Lead, PPS
PANELLISTS: Prof Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge; Sai Kodali, Philip Morris International; Andy Wyatt, Saucelabs; Gaurav Mathur, HeadSpin; Steve McNickle, HeadSpin; Iwona Winiarska, Tecknuovo; Sabrina Bruce, Host Agile World Show; Karl Smith, Host Agile World Show; Adarsh Mehrotra, Infosys; Peter Maddison, Xodiac Inc.