This event is co-located with DevOps Summit and Testing Summit. Delegates may attend any sessions from these conference.

At present times, Agile communities are everywhere and the Agile philosophy is being adopted by more and more organisations.  This cooperative, iterative approach to development—or any problem-solving process—that favours multiple, small, rapid releases over fewer large-scale ones is showing stakeholders and unhappy end users how to manage time and money.  The key is to embrace change and focus on customer desires and feedback. All this allows agile businesses to provide almost immediate responses to shifting customer demands.

Stalwart thought leaders and practitioners share their views and “know-how” to transition and transform with different processes and attitudes to change.  The conference thus provides the perfect occasion for delegates to get involved in the conversation, ask questions, learn about best practices and stay together in the Agile initiative, where Agile has its roots in working, sharing and innovating.

We have a joint morning session with DevOps Summit and Testing Summit  and the Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session of the three co-located events. This session is for 45 minutes. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary. Please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Agile, Testing and DevOps.

Benefits of attending

  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet with Agile experts
  • Develop and benchmark your Agile Strategies
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Discover latest technical skills, tools, tips and tricks in the industry

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Call for Participation

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 field of Agile.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

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  • Joint morning session -

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    Keynote: Great ScrumMaster

    Zuzana "Zuzi" Šochová, Independent Agile coach and trainer

    Great teams make a huge difference to your company’s success. Great ScrumMasters create such high-performing teams.

    I will tell you some of the secrets you need to know to become a great ScrumMaster. Create a high-performing collaborative environment at your organization, which makes your organization more than competitive in the current complex globalized world.


    Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová

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    Agile Leadership in the digital age

    Dan Hooper, Managing Director and Co-founder, Piccadilly Group

    In the digital age, the focus on culture, leadership, management and decision-making must evolve. This talk will discuss the future of these key areas and outline a proven ground-up approach to enable leadership teams to deliver effective outcomes for the modern agile enterprise.


    Dan Hooper

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    Future Proofing Skills in the age of Artificial Intelligence

    Jonathon Wright, Digital Therapist, Digital Assured

    Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming part of every organisations 2020 business strategy. As a Tester how do you bridge the Cognitive knowledge GAP? How can you apply a testers bespoke domain knowledge to test Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) platforms?

    Join Jonathon who will share his recent experience of implementing Augmented Intelligent (AI) through harmonising Human Intelligence (such as Mechanical Turk) with Artificial Intelligence (Consensus Algorithms) to test next generation Enterprise AI platforms.

    •The skills as testers you will need for Artificial Intelligence
    •Testing Patterns to prove Machine Learning
    •How to leverage Human Intelligence to crease Augmented Intelligence


    Jonathon Wright

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    Keynote: Topic TBA

    Speaker from CollabNet

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    Case Study: Turkcell’s Agile Transformation Journey and Learnings

    Behice Gul Torun Öztürk, Governance and Agile Office Senior Manager, Turkcell Technology

    At this presentation, I will talk about how we decided and started an agile transformation journey for our IT organization of about 1000 professionals. Starting in 2016 from almost scratch to about 65 agile teams at the moment, our journey includes how we proceeded, how we established the agile office with 6 agile coaches and what we expect next for our growing and changing IT organization.


    Behice Gul Torun Öztürk

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    3..2..1.. Go - Building and Growing an Agile Team

    Tom Hoyland, Sky Betting and Gaming, Agile Delivery Lead

    How would you build a team from scratch? What techniques would you use? What metrics should you respond to?

    In this talk you’ll see how we assembled a team, embedded agile values, a DevOps mindset and a clear purpose to create a squad with an infectious, high performing culture.

    We’ll demonstrate the coaching and visualisation techniques we used to reduce batch size and improve quality. You’ll see how to reveal ‘hidden’ product backlogs, make the invisible visible, and use domain driven design, theory of constraints and language to optimise team resilience.


    Tom Hoyland

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    Agile and Organisational Resilience - Creating opportunities through crisis and change

    Dean Latchana, Business Agility Consultant, Latchana Consulting Ltd

    I propose an organisational resilience mindset can enable enterprises to strengthen its resilience to unforeseen circumstances.

    I will explain how organisational resilience with agile and lean can enable organisations to survive, thrive and create opportunities through crisis and change.


    Dean Latchana

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    US Marines, Agile and heuristics

    Peter Pito, Delivery Lead, Deloitte Digital

    Software development is inherently complex in nature. For such complex problems there are no recipes for success that can be followed.

    Why do projects fail? We are constantly under pressure to make decisions in software under the constraint of time and knowledge.

    US Marines rely on heuristics when the original battle plan breaks down, such as “capture the high ground, stay in touch and keep moving”. Can we use a similar set of heuristics in our Agile deliveries?

    Join me to explore the concept of an Agile Adaptive toolbox of heuristic.


    Peter Pito

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    Business Agility: Changing the way we think about Agile

    Hannah McGarty, Agile Lead, Expedia

    Most companies wish they could work faster, and more efficiently, whilst being adaptable, flexible and able to respond to change. So how do we achieve this? We use the mindset, principles and tools of agile to drive change. This talk will focus on how we can successfully imbed an agile culture into other pockets of our business, outside of technology, to drive end to end, true agility.


    Hannah McGarty

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    Leading Digital - Agile change using strategy maps for situational awareness

    Philippe GUENET, Digital Change Coach, Henko

    Enterprises, who are struggling to keep up with the pace of the competitive digital landscape, have aimed to become more agile as the solution. Those efforts have often struggled because one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work, and are often misplaced too. Without situational awareness, Leaders are navigating their landscape blindfolded. Mapping offers techniques for visualising a strategy and applying patterns in support of successful digital strategies.


    Philippe GUENET


Philippe GUENET

Digital Change Coach, Henko

Behice Gul Torun Öztürk

Governance and Agile Office Senior Manager, Turkcell Technology

Dan Hooper

Managing Director and Co-founder, Piccadilly Group

Tom Hoyland

Sky Betting and Gaming, Agile Delivery Lead

Dean Latchana

Business Agility Consultant, Latchana Consulting Ltd

Hannah McGarty

Agile Lead, Expedia

Peter Pito

Delivery Lead, Deloitte Digital

Jonathon Wright

Digital Therapist, Digital Assured

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová

Independent Agile coach and trainer

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Previous Programme

  • Joint morning session with Adopting New Technologies for Digital Transformation -

  • 09:00 -

    Registration and coffee

  • 09:30 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

  • 09:35 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:45 -

    Keynote: The growing pains of Digital Leadership

  • 10:30 -

    Digital Business means Agile Business

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to sponsors and coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    Round Table session

  • 12:15 -

    Change to track for Agile Methods: The Business Evolution

  • Chair for the Agile Track: Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd -

  • 12:20 -

    Chairs scene setting

  • 12:30 -

    Agile: The changing face of business

  • 13:00 -


  • 14:00 -

    Transforming Struggling Agile Teams: Practical success from real world examples

  • 14:30 -

    Key traits must lead to a successful agile & DevOps transformation

  • 15:00 -

    Leadership on the edge of Agile - Managing with the Amber Compass

  • 15:30 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 15:45 -

    An Approach to Fixed Price Agile

  • 16:15 -

    Implementing Governance

  • 16:45 -

    Chair’s summing up and close of day

Previous Speakers

Colin Deady

Capita Application Services

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd

Steve Kitching


Dean Latchana

Latchana Consulting Ltd

Margarete McGrath

Dell EMC Enterprise

Soumyadip Mitra

Infosys Ltd. Dublin

Daryl Searle


Bernhard Sterchi

Palladio Trusted Advisers


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