Technology, 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.
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.
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Dave Snowden, Director, Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge.
Dave will show how to map and change culture and discuss the need to avoid homogeneity.
Kieran Smith, Vice President, J.P. Morgan
MMA as most of us will is the acronym of Mixed Martial Arts. It’s based on the principle of having a broad base of knowledge and experience with a Mixture of different Martial Arts. MMA fighters, often specialise in one martial art, but to have any chance of continued success, they need to be strong in every area of their sport and as an Agile Technology Organisation, we need to be the same. In this talk, I’d like to set the scene and then go into various agile patterns and what they enable your team to do. I will draw experience from some large projects where we’ve spent some time looking at the Large-Scale Scrum framework and how we could apply it. In both cases, we decided to take an “MMA approach” by introducing complimentary practices from the worlds of Scrum, Kanban, Lean, SAFe, XP and more to find the approach that suited the fight we were about to have.
Stephen Walters, Field CTO, CEM Digital (EMEA), Everbridge
Organizations are becoming mired in DevOps transformations that are stuck in a middle ground according to the latest Puppet State of DevOps Report (2021). Value Stream Management aims to kick these organizations on by applying the necessary cultural and lean changes required, and by applying the principles directly to ITSM, we can add new efficiencies to team workflows and incident resolution. This session will demonstrate why applying Value Stream Management to Incident Management is as important as its application to Software Delivery and how that can be achieved through a Digital Operations Platform.
Faster time to market is extremely important for businesses now. However, it’s not just the to market or the quality of the product that is in question.
The points to ponder include:
5. Disaster recovery and Emergency Response
6. Change Management
7. Capacity planning
While all of these are key elements of engineering tied to development and operations, close observation tells you that there is a lot of testing involved in all of this. What makes it even more interesting is with more and more businesses moving away from monolithic architecture to a more microservices architecture model site reliability is transforming to service relieability which means that testing has a much bigger role to play.
The key takeaways of this talk look at the aspects of testing relevant to SRE.
However carefully we design, build and test our systems, if the data that we have are of uncertain veracity or are biased, we will not be able to trust our systems. The real question we need to ask ourselves is, how can we identify untrustworthy and biased data?
What is the value of software testing? We all feel that testing is something that ‘needs to be done’. But testing costs money: hours spent, test tooling, etc. How do we know that this money is well spent?
Software testers are basically modest people. But to emphasize our importance, we need to be heard, so we have to speak up! We need to show the decision makers where it hurts the most: in their wallets! Because the costs of bad testing show the importance of good test quality.
Want to know more? Join my talk!
Due to the pandemic, the adoption of digital technologies has been phenomenal across the verticals and horizontals. There has been a behavioral shift in day-to-day life that includes working from home, door-step service delivery, digital payments etc. Every business understands that the increase in digitization has led to an exponential rise in customer expectations. Hence, there is a rapid demand from for organizations to deliver applications in the shortest time possible without compromising on the quality.
Software testing is no more a manual, siloed process. It has been evolving over decades with several test automation tools being introduced into the market. However, traditional test automation will not be sufficient to handle the rising agile and DevOps practices for software development, and hence comes the need for a futuristic approach- Autonomous testing.
This session talks about how autonomous testing that leverages AI/ML techniques, can be used to deliver better quality applications and take it to the market faster ultimately making your , test designing autonomous and achieve rapid application development.
Victoria Alexiou, Product Manager, PEOPLECERT, Intl.
More and more organizations are adopting DevOps, where 76% of them are either already working on their transformation initiative or are in the planning stage. However, not all organizations manage to realize the same benefits as Amazon and Spotify do.
To successfully implement DevOps, one needs to take care of the entire DevOps Full Stack, i.e., Culture, Practices and Automation. Our experience shows, that in regions and industries where the notion of DevOps has not matured enough, organizations tend to overfocus their efforts towards tooling and neglect the components of Culture and Practices, thus they are not getting the results they aim for.
During our session we will discuss what DevOps Culture is, its importance and urgency, which tools exist and their uses, the common mistakes and pitfalls organizations tend to fall in and how we can convert this modern fairytale into a “and they lived happily ever after” story.
Was there a time before requirements? Can the product be created before the requirements? Is a product ever “finished”? These are just some of the questions considered in this session. It begins by reviewing the great requirement formalisms of yester-year, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of agile product development, from user stories to living documentation, via confetti parties and Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)
* BDUF – Big Design Up Front
** JIT – Just In Time
Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) techniques enable teams to increase agility and quickly release a high-quality product. In this talk, we walk you through best practices for building CI/CD workflows to allow you to manage your serverless and containerized applications. We cover infrastructure-as-code application models, such as the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM), as well as how to set up CI/CD release pipelines with AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild. Finally, we discuss automating safer deployments using AWS CodeDeploy.
Ori Keren, Co-Founder & CEO, LinearB
I just wrote some code that can have a positive effect on our customers and I’m motivated to release it as quickly as possible. I need your help but you are busy and motivated to continue working on your own code. I call this conflict The Pull Request Paradox.
This problem is not theoretical – it affects most developers every day. The average pull request takes 4 days to merge from when it’s opened and half of that time is idle time. This means every PR sits idle for two days on average! That idle time reduces our code quality, kills our flow, and makes it really hard to plan our sprints accurately.
In this talk I’m sharing:
We were an agile team struggling to get our automated tests stable enough for continuous delivery. This talk is about the journey we took to finding stability and achieving continuous delivery.
After this session, you’ll learn techniques to:
1. Treat test code as production code and test environments as production environments
2. Improve the stability of your tests which in turn improves your continuous delivery pipeline
3. Make tests faster to enable fast feedback
Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Consultant
IT departments have successfully moved from fulfilling a supporting activity in many organisations and changing inputs into outputs to the heart of business operations. Together with the product domain, IT delivers business value and is constantly innovating and transforming businesses using modern technologies.
However, we still experience challenges of how technical teams work and how business operates. Connectivity of both is essential to achieve success and delight our customers not just as a team but as the whole business.
This talk delves into the challenges and opportunities of connecting technical teams and business stakeholders.
Software delivery teams are looking to increase speed of innovation without compromising quality. There are many approaches but when you break it down, all roads lead to DevOps and continuous delivery. One recommended model to successfully implement DevOps in your environment leverages GitOps and Infrastructure as Code. This talk is focused on how one team at Cisco has leveraged this model and what a powerful impact it has had. We will discuss the goals of the team, what problems they had before implementing this model, then the framework of what they implemented and operational model. Digital transformation through GitOps and Infrastructure as Code has been successful.
Martin van Son, EMEA Automation Specialist, PagerDuty
Operations teams are burned out and frustrated from working in a high pressure environment. But, what if you could delegate the power of ops actions with automation, to give anyone in your organisation the ability to safely execute self-service operations tasks – meaning faster response times, less disruptions, and increased productivity? Join this session with Automation Specialist Martin van Son to see just how.
Artem Golubev, Founder, testRigor
Selenium was invented in 2004 and a lot of things changed since then. The paradigms it was built on no longer apply.