This event is co-located with Test Expo 2019.

Agile and DevOps share environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes. The synergy involves building an evolving and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) Infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production to meet users’ expectations. They can work together, and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations. This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

There will be sharing of practical experiences, extended knowledge-sharing presentations, “Round Table” discussions for sharing insights and industry trends. This coupled with networking has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the day. There are pre and post conference workshops too on specific topics. An exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from the three topic areas – Testing and Agile & DevOps.

Topics to be covered:
  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Mapping practices with scaled agile frameworks—SAFe, DAD, LeSS, and Nexus
  • Scrum board Gamification

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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 their vision in the Agile & DevOps Expo.

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

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  • Joint morning session with TestExpo -

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    Augmentation or replacement? Analytics, Identity and Judgement in a complex world

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge


    Dave Snowden

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    Keynote: TBA

    Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile


    Mark Lines

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    What roles should DevOps play in your agile transformation?

    Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

    Agile methods and tools have helped development teams focus on delivering smaller pieces of function quickly. This enables teams to test their assumptions about the explicit and implied needs of their target users earlier in the development process. However often these development processes are delivered by waterfall delivery processes which negate some of the advantages of the agile approach. This presentation will use example from various projects, how using a continuous delivery approach which takes advantage of DevOps tools, patterns and practices as well as cultural change, can unlock the innovation within a company and deliver functional enhancements and other changes to production more frequently and hence enhance mindshare and marketshare. It will also provide insights into how DevOps can enable the agile transformation and inform on how barriers to adoption can be overcome.


    Keith Watson

  • Agile & DevOps Expo track -

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    Successfully Preparing Your Website for Heavy Traffic Events: How We prepared the NY Times website for Midterm Elections

    Shesh Patel, Engineering Manager, NY Times

    In the media industry, any day can become an important day. An election is a momentous event at The NY Times. Our subscribers rely heavily on real-time and most accurate updates. Since our projections were skyrocketing for election night for 2018 midterms and with our recent migration to a cloud-based infrastructure, we decided to do a simulation of election night traffic by executing stress test of our systems in a production environment.

    In this presentation I will cover:
    ♦ A full step by step guide to planning ahead for handling high volumes traffic, from tool selection to stress script writing
    ♦ Best practices on stress testing and why is it important
    ♦ Lessons learned while doing stress testing in a cloud-based infrastructure
    ♦ Exercising incident management process through stress testing


    Shesh Patel

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    Case Study: The journey to organisational agility

    Susan Scott, Transformation Director, Barclaycard

    Succeeding on the journey towards organisational agility can be a daunting prospect for many people as it rips them out of their comfort zone, and for everyone change is scary. So how do you create the impetus for changing the culture, the mind-set, the underlying beliefs when all around you are subconsciously trying to maintain the status quo? I’ll talk about some of the successes that have worked for me in a number of companies and I hope these will enable you with some takeaways you can experiment with in your context and an opportunity for reflection on other aspects of your journey.


    Susan Scott

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    Lynne Johnson

    Agile Project Discovery and Liftoff with Agile Chartering

    Lynne Johnson, Senior Head Competence Unit (SHCU), Zuhlke Engineering Ltd and Susan Engel, Lead UX Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

    Building digital products is a complex process and requires effective requirements engineering and teamwork. Add to that Agile transition and getting your project up and running with the best possible chance for a successful outcome is critical. An effective Discovery Phase helps build a shared understanding of the problem space. During this talk we will share our experience of Agile Discovery. We will inspire attendees with the different activities and tools for a successful Discovery phase and lifting off a project with what we think is our secret weapon, Agile Chartering.

    Lynne Johnson

    Lynne Johnson

    Susan Engel

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    Adding Business to DevOps

    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    The DevOps revolution has harnessed ubiquitous cheap CPU cycles to streamline the downstream development and delivery of digital technology. But producing more, faster, is only half the story.

    Digital businesses need upstream activities that can keep pace - requirements and specifications as they used to get called. Whether it gets called discovery, BusDevOps, BizTech or something else, teams need to shrink the pre-code activities the way DevOps has shrunk post-code work.

    In this presentation Allan Kelly will look at what this means for companies, teams and the people charged with deciding what to work on next.


    Allan Kelly


Susan Engel

Lead UX Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

Lynne Johnson

Lynne Johnson

Senior Head Competence Unit (SHCU), Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd

Mark Lines

Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

Shesh Patel

Engineering Manager, NY Times

Susan Scott

Transformation Director, Barclaycard

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Keith Watson

Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

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Previous Programme

  • Joint Morning session with TestExpo and Enterprise AI -

  • Chair for the joint morning session: Gary Moore, Vice President, Sogeti -

  • 09:00 -

    UNICOM’s Welcome

  • 09:05 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:15 -

    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Putting the Customer First

  • 10:30 -

    Keynote: Agile Data for DevOps

  • 10:50 -

    Introduction to sponsors and supporting bodies

  • 11:00 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    Keynote: Governance, Phases, and Milestones are not Agile dirty words!

  • 12:15 -

    Design Centric approach to Intelligent Automation (IA)

  • 12:45 -

    Keynote: Agile Revisited

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  • 14:15 -

    Round Table sessions

  • 14:45 -

    Change to separate tracks

  • Afternoon session on Agile & DevOps Expo -

  • Chair: Keith Watson | Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 14:55 -

    Chair’s introduction

  • 15:00 -

    Holistic DevOps: Why changes in culture, leadership and technology are critical to achieving a success transformation

  • 15:30 -

    Aren't we forgetting someone? Where are the DBAs in DevOps?

  • 16:00 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 16:15 -

    Agile, DevOps and Bots

  • 16:35 -

    Scaling Teams & Delivering Programmes in an Agile Manner

  • 17:05 -

    Excellent Engineering: discover your Manifesto for agility. Avoid the Singularity of Failure

  • 17:35 -

    Chair’s summing-up

  • 17:45 -

    Close of conference and drinks reception.

Previous Speakers

Colin Deady

Head of Product and Innovation, Capita Application Services

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Jay Livens

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Actifio

Gary Moore


Shabbir Naqvi

Programme Delivery Lead, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

Dan North

Principal, Dan North Associates

Sashikanth Pochimcharla

EVP – Customer Success and Delivery, coMakeIT

Savinder Puri

DevOps Evangelist, UK & Europe,Zensar Technologies (UK) Ltd.

Deepak Sharma

RPA Evangelist

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Keith Watson

Director of DevOps, ADP UK

Debbie Levitt

CEO,Ptype UX & Product Design Agency

Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Manager, Government Digital Service

Behice Gul Torun Öztürk

Governance and Agile Office Senior Manager, Turkcell Technology

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