This event is co-located with Agile Transition and Transformations and Testing Summit. Delegates may attend any sessions from these conferences.

DevOps is becoming the leading way to develop, deliver and support applications. Businesses that adopt DevOps move faster and are better able keep up with customer demands. But creating an agile, responsive, data-driven culture and processes is easier said than done.

This Summit is designed to connect a wide range of stakeholders and provide informational as well as and educational experience for all. The expert practitioners and thought leaders of the day will give help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment.

The Round Table session is the last of the joint morning session with the other two 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.

Topics to be covered:

  • Changing culture to continuously deliver
  • Agility and speed of automation
  • Change with Containers / Dockers
  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Hybrid Clouds and Culture Clash
  • Test Automation
  • ChatOps & DevSecOps
  • Microservices Architecture – Core Concepts
  • Primary benefits, and drawbacks of the Microservices architecture style
  • Techniques for transforming to a Microservices architecture

Benefits of Attending:
This one day programme is designed to connect these extensive aspects as well as the challenges. Expert practitioners and thought leaders will provide information on the implementation and help you to deepen your understanding and develop your business case and build towards getting significant return on investment.

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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 DevOps.

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

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  • Joint morning session -

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    Joint Session Chair: Jonathan Wright


    Jonathon Wright

  • 08:15 -


  • 09:10 -

    UNICOM’s Welcome

  • 09:15 -

    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

  • 09:55 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 10:00 -

    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

  • 10:30 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 10:35 -

    Introduction to sponsors and supporting bodies

  • 10:40 -

    Tea & Coffee Break

  • 11:00 -

    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

  • 11:30 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 11:35 -

    Value Stream Management: unleash the power of DevOps to the rest of your organization

    Olav Maassen, Enterprise Account Director, CollabNet VersionOne

    DevOps is the key to unlocking organizational performance. Organizations have tons of data available in their process chain. Put this data in context with strategy and planning to transform this data into actionable information to drive improvement on time-to-market and transparency. Value Stream Management puts DevOps at the heart of the change.


    Olav Maassen

  • 11:55 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 12:00 -

    Panel: Techniques and Strategies for Transition: Evolving Roles and Best Prectices

    Moderator: Jonathan Wright

    Panelist - Zuzana Sochova, Carlos Kidman, Hannah McGarty

  • 12:30 -


  • 13:30 -

    Round Table

    Table 1 - What's the problem with Product Owners and how can we help them?
    Mark Smalley, Global Ambassador, DevOps Agile Skills Association

    Table 2 - Continuous Testing with Microservices
    Carlos Kidman, QA Manager,, USA

    Table 3 - Great ScrumMaster
    Zuzana "Zuzi" Šochová, Independent Agile coach and trainer

    Table 4 - Intelligent Operations (AIOps)
    Jonathon Wright, Digital Therapist, Digital Assured

    Table 5 - No place for manual testing in Devops - is a myth
    Parveen Khan, Senior Test Engineer, Scott Logic

  • 14:00 -

    DevOps Track (changeover time)

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    DevOps Summit Chair- Iwona Winiarska


    Iwona Winiarska

  • 14:10 -

    I want DevOps… but I’m so Waterfallish!

    Guillermo Martinez, DevOps Lead, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

    It’s clear the delivery market trend is DevOps, both from an organization point of view and technology. It has been demonstrated how companies applying DevOps can innovate and experiment faster and cheaper, which eventually is materialized on market growth. Besides the increase in revenue, it also creates a culture of motivation and happiness.

    However, a transition into DevOps is not easy, especially for big and traditional companies. Managing DevOps enablement using traditional project management practices can be challenging, but most of the times it’s required (one of the goals of being DevOps is changing the management style). Trying to work Agile and controlling the effort in a waterfall way it’s hard, and it creates frustration.

    During this presentation, you'll be able to find how running a DevOps assessment from a Technical Architect point of view can help on guiding the DevOps enablement. Finding how to combine efforts in the areas of People, Process, and Technology.

    Some of the topics covered during the presentation are: why organizations "can't" be DevOps, how to run a DevOps assessment or Deliverables that can help in the DevOps transition.


    Guillermo Martinez

  • 14:40 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 14:45 -

    How big is Ops in DevOps?

    Mark Smalley, Global Ambassador, DevOps Agile Skills Association

    Despite starting off in Ops, most current DevOps guidance is about application development and, of course, deployment. People are struggling with the IT operations part. This session explores how much of IT Ops to decentralise into product-oriented DevOps teams, and how much to keep in a shared service centre.


    Mark Smalley

  • 15:15 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 15:20 -

    Tea & Coffee Break

  • 15:40 -

    Readying your DevOps Pipeline for the Advent of AI

    Huw Price, Managing Director, Curiosity Software Ireland

    The current buzz around AI focuses much on its promise for DevOps, less on practical steps for realising it. This session instead considers the technologies and processes in place at organisations today, and how Robotic Process Automation can integrate them. This in turn feeds a healthy data lake, making it possible to introduce robotic 'Expert Systems' - a more realistic first step into intelligent bots for most organisations.


    Huw Price

  • 16:10 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 16:15 -

    Lessons learned on the journey to DevOps transformation

    Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

    In a world of complexity, uncertainty and shifting priorities, it’s important to be nimble and adapt to the rapidly changing environment. Automating development processes and continuous delivery help achieve a higher level of DevOps maturity but what are the challenges many organisations face on the journey to their DevOps transformation? This talk delves into the challenges and lessons learned when transitioning to DevOps culture and adopting agile ways of working in large organisations and public sector.


    Iwona Winiarska

  • 16:45 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 16:50 -

    Delivering Fast in a Regulated Environment

    Jason Maude, Head of Technology Advocacy, Starling Bank

    How do you employ rapid delivery in an industry such as banking which is both highly regulated and in which customers are inherently conservative? This talk will explain how Starling Bank’s architecture and approach to DevOps allows us to break the perceived trade off between reliability and rapid delivery and give our customers both at once.


    Jason Maude

  • 17:20 -

    Questions & Discussions

  • 17:25 -

    Chair’s summing-up

  • 17:35 -

    End of conference and drinks reception.


Dan Hooper

Managing Director and Co-founder, Piccadilly Group

Olav Maassen

Enterprise Account Director, CollabNet VersionOne

Guillermo Martinez

DevOps Lead, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

Jason Maude

Head of Technology Advocacy, Starling Bank

Huw Price

Managing Director, Curiosity Software Ireland

Mark Smalley

Global Ambassador, DevOps Agile Skills Association

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová

Independent Agile coach and trainer

Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

Jonathon Wright

Digital Therapist, Digital Assured

Platinum Sponsor

Professional Sponsor

Media Partners

Previous Programme

  • Joint morning session with Agile Showcase -

  • Chair for the Joint Morning session
    Astrid Claessen, Agile Coach at Wigo4it & Pro Bono Sparring Partner -

  • 08:30 -

    Coffee and Registration

  • 09:10 -

    UNICOM’s welcome

  • 09:15 -

    The Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:30 -

    Horses for courses: a plea for a mixed methods approach

  • 10:15 -

    DevOps – From Buzzword to Benefits

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to Sponsors and supporting bodies & Coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    The Future of Teams

  • 12:15 -

    Manage compliance in cloud-based infrastructure

  • 12:35 -

    Panel: Overcoming the challenges of adoption and change

  • 13:00 -


  • Chair for DevOps Showcase:
    Mark Smalley, The IT Paradigmologist, ASL BiSL Foundation -

  • 14:00 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 14:10 -

    Creating High Performance Teams Through Applying Behavioural Science

  • 14:40 -

    Kill DevOps

  • 15:10 -

    Tea & Coffee break

  • 15:30 -

    ChatOps! - What's, How's & Possibilities...

  • 16:00 -

    Experiment and validate business ideas

  • 16:30 -

    Chair’s summing up & close of conference

  • 16:40 -

    Drinks reception

Previous Speakers

Pavel Chunyayev

Business Technology Consultant, Levi9 Technology Services

Astrid Claessen

Agile Coach at Wigo4it & Pro Bono Sparring Partner

Peter Eeles

Worldwide Lead for DevOps Adoption, IBM

Tony Grout

Transformation Futurist, Atlassian

Christoph Hartmann

Lead Engineer, Chef

Berry Kersten

Improve Quality Services

Arnab Sinha

Continuous Delivery Expert, Tata Consultancy Services

Mark Smalley

IT Management Consultant, Smalley

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Dave van Herpen

Principal Consultant High-Performance Transformation, Quint Wellington Redwood


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