Agile, Testing and DevOps: Are they a separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps, Testing and Agile have shared 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 & responsibilities, team structure, and tools & processes.

This is a highly interactive online conference delivered via a state-of-the-art digital conferencing platform. The three days are on Agile, Testing and DevOps’ current topics and practices 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 over the three days will help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment.

There will be sharing of practical experiences, extended knowledge-sharing presentations in the “Round Table” sessions for sharing insights and industry trends with you putting your questions directly through Slido. This coupled with networking in our DevOps London has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the conference. There is an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from these three topic areas on Softaware Testing, Automation, Quality Assurance, various aspects of Agile and DevOps.


  • Through these three days, we are aiming to include high quality technical/review presentations from thought leaders as well as case studies from practitioners and solution providers.
  • We will also feature extended knowledge-sharing discussions in Round Table sessions for sharing insights and industry trends. This session will be in a panel format for 45 minutes.
  • If you would like to join the discussion, please submit a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.
  • Participants join in by posting their questions over Slido, and shape their learning, share their own experiences as well as hear fresh ideas.
  • Conversations carry on in our LinkedIn DevOps London group

Topics to be covered:

  • Microcontainers
  • Severless Architecture
  • Future of Containers
  • Success metrics of Agile
  • Performance Testing
  • BDD and ATDD
  • Leveraging AI into Testing
  • Agile Scrum and Agile XP
  • AI approach to Testing
  • Barriers to adoption of Testing
  • Testers as Quality advocates
  • DevOps as a toll for process change
  • DevFinOps; BusDevOps
  • Gherkin and Model Based Testing
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness

“Thanks to everyone who hosted the conference and who made the last two days really enjoyable, watching and learning from the agile leaders in the community. It was great fun talking to an amazing group of experts today and taking part in a fun panel discussion with Sarah Saunders and Laveena Ramchandani.”

Giles Lindsay
Chief Technology Officer, Digital Ventures

“Thank you to UNICOM Seminars for organising such a great fully remote conference with a lot of interaction, engagement and interesting content. It was a pleasure to speak and participate in the panel discussion too! Look forward to the next one!”

Iwona Winiarska
Agile Delivery Consultant - Enterprise Agile / DevOps Transformation

“Technology in action!! Online conference and a successful one! Well attended with lot of interactions. Great Panel discussion. Learnt different perspectives!
Kudos to Unicom”

Ramesh Krishnamurthy
Chief Technology Officer at Indium Software

“For the third time I will be part of the #Agile, #Testing & #DevOps Showcase. First time online and I’m very excited!”

Anaïs van Asselt
Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

“Great panel discussion we had! Loved it. Thanks.”

Steven Deneir
Professional Scrum Trainer & Professional Scrum Master III, Co-Learning

“Vivit Worldwide was proud to sponsor such a fantastic event! Thank you UNICOM Seminars!”

Jillian Stefan
Director of Marketing at Vivit Worldwide

“Thanks. Really enjoyed been part of this superstar line up!”

Jonathon Wright
CTO And Co-Founder, Digital Assured

“Awesome presentation with great insights on unknown facts and issues facing in Agile.”

Kanwarpreet Singh Khurana

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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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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 vision in these three fields. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in panel sessions only. Please also get in touch if you would like to participate in the Round Table session.

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

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.

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

Programme Under Development

DAY 1 (4 HRS)
DAY 2 (4 HRS)
DAY 3 (4 HRS)

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Chair for the Joint morning session: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

08:15 - Registration and coffee

08:45 - UNICOM’s welcome & Chair’s scene setting

09:00 - KEYNOTE: My Code, My Environment, and Yes, My Data – Empowering the Developer and Tester with Data - Read More
Adam Bowen, Sr. Director and Global Practice Lead, DevOps and Cloud, Delphix

Adam Bowen, Sr. Director and Global Practice Lead, DevOps and Cloud, Delphix

The CI/CD pipeline has been democratised. Engineers today have the ability to provision environments and build and deploy their code to them as and when needed, via self-service. In this session, Adam Bowen will make the case to treat data at par with code and environments and give developers and testers the ability to provision test data as and when needed, in a secure and compliant manner.

09:25 - Questions & Discussions

09:30 - KEYNOTE: #NoFrameworks: How we can take Agile back! - Read More
Mark Lines, Vice President Disciplined Agile, Project Management Institute (PMI)

Mark Lines, Vice President Disciplined Agile, Project Management Institute (PMI)

A fundamental philosophy from the early days of Agile, and particularly of XP, is that teams should own their process. Today we would say that they should be allowed, and better yet, enabled, to choose their own way of working (WoW).

This was a powerful vision, but it was quickly abandoned to make way for the Agile certification gold rush. Why do the hard work of learning your craft, of improving your WoW via experimentation and learning, when you can instead become a certified master of an agile method in two days or a program consultant of a scaling framework in four? It sounds great, and certainly is great for anyone collecting the money, but 18 years after the signing of the Agile Manifesto as an industry we’re nowhere near reaching Agile’s promise. Nowhere near it.

We had it right in the very beginning, and the lean community had it right all along – teams need to own their process, they must be enabled to choose their WoW. To do this we need to stop looking for easy answers, we must reject the simplistic solutions that the agile industrial complex wants to sell us, and most importantly recognize that we need #NoFrameworks.

10:10 - Questions & Discussions

10:15 - Lean Thinking to Eliminate Waste and Bringing Order to the Chaos of DevOps - Read More
Sean Bosklopper, Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus

Sean Bosklopper, Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus

Organisations need to be built from the ground up to change focus from shareholder value to customer value. the ability to scale delivery processes beyond the team level and meet the needs of the enterprise.

In today’s complex world a key enabler is to make sense of the myriad of different systems todays organisations have. Open source, 3rd Party, multiple delivery and development methodologies, not to mention all those test systems – trying to make sense and analyse all this information can be nigh on impossible.

Learn how to combine together all the information points to know what is working, what should be enhanced and where to be hold and stop. We’ll also talk about how to eliminate the daily waste of manually trudging through many different systems, just to do what really should be the most simplest of tasks.

10:30 - Questions & Discussions

10:35 - Introduction to sponsors and coffee break

11:05 - Performance Engineering and Scalability - Read More
Sean Wilkinson, Principal Consultant, Infuse

Sean Wilkinson, Principal Consultant, Infuse

Join Infuse Principal Consultant Sean Wilkinson as he takes you through considerations and common issues that arise from planning and running a performance engineering engagement.

11:25 - Questions & Discussions

11:30 - How to boost your team's delivery using the Heart of Agile as a Compass for Collaboration - Read More
Soledad Pinter, Managing Director, Heart of Agile Europe

Soledad Pinter, Managing Director, Heart of Agile Europe

Nowadays, organizations are adapting their way of working to deal with the complexity of a world that is constantly shifting.

Using the Heart of Agile as a compass, you will learn about new ways to work on your team values and help you to collaborate, deliver, reflect and improve.

You leave the room with a concrete call to action to support you embracing the vulnerability and courage needed to make one small improvement today.

11:55 - Questions & Discussions

12:00 - What roles should DevOps play in your agile transformation? - Read More
Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

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.

12:30 - Questions & Discussions

12:35 - Round Table sessions

TABLE ONE: Visual Regression Testing
Jeremias Rößler, Founder & CEO ReTest, Germany

What approaches are possible? What tools can you use? How does it work together with classical test automation? What road blocks keep you from introducing it to your company? An invitation for discussions…

TABLE TWO: Broken Windows Theory & DevOps Adoption
Savinder Puri, Head, DevOps CoE, Zensar Technologies

This compelling discussion references the criminological theory of “Broken Windows” and ties it to DevOps adoption! Moderated by a recognised DevOps thought leader, join us for this Round Table discussion whether you’re just getting started with DevOps or looking to scale it within your organisation. I promise you will have loads of fun and learning!

TABLE THREE: OKRs at enterprise scale
Jorge L Castro Toribio, Program Manager & Agile Coach, Everis, Peru

TABLE FOUR: Value recognition in Testing; Do modern engineering approaches decrease the visibility of testing?
Mike Jarred, Head of Business Development and Programme Chair of the Technology Leadership Forum

Historically, testing teams have found demonstrating their value to stakeholders challenging. There are many reasons for this including testing being seen as a cost, testers not understanding stakeholder needs, and not being able to articulate the benefit they bring to those stakeholders. Credibility became a problem, with stakeholders not always providing the resources testers needed in order to perform well.

With the introduction of cross functional teams, collectively accountability for delivering working software, with testing activity distributed across many roles, are there new challenges that career testers face in being credible, and valued in their organisations? What are these new challenges, what should we do about them, do we even care?

Please, bring along your experiences and perspectives, and discuss!

TABLE FIVE: Lean Coffee: Scaling Agile and DevOps.
Sean Bosklopper, Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus.

TABLE SIX: What’s driving your data transformation?/p>
Adam Bowen, Sr. Director and Global Practice Lead, DevOps and Cloud, Delphix

♦ What are the major barriers to harnessing data? Organisational, technical, legacy IT infrastructure, data silos, data security, or maybe a skills shortage.

♦ What are the data bottlenecks?

♦ Data delivery bottlenecks. Data sits in multiple locations, on premise, in private / public cloud or hybrid cloud environments, often in a mix of relational or no SQL databases.

♦ Governance bottlenecks. Compliance and privacy concerns and audit requirements restrict or slow down the delivery of data from production to development environments.

♦ Release bottlenecks. Development teams can wait days or week for production data to become available, causing a release bottleneck.

♦ In your experience, what factors contribute the most to bottlenecks?

♦ What are you doing to ensure that your organisation maximises the value of its data?

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - KEYNOTE: Augmentation or replacement? Analytics, Identity and Judgement in a complex world - Read More
Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

14:40 - Questions & Discussions

14:45 - Learning to Deliver Perfect Projects - Read More
Eddie Obeng, CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School

Eddie Obeng, CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School

15:10 - Questions & Discussions

15:15 - Change rooms for separate tracks


Chair: Mike Jarred, Head of Business Development and Programme Chair of the Technology Leadership Forum

15:20 - Test Automation without Assertions - Read More
Jeremias Rößler, Founder & CEO ReTest, Germany

Jeremias Rößler, Founder & CEO ReTest, Germany

GUI test automation is broken — because regression testing is not testing, but version control of the behavior of the software.

Gradually, an insight is gaining ground in the testing world: Test automation without assertions works better! Whether ApprovalsTest, Jest (Facebook, Open Source) or recheck (retest, Open Source) – the number of tools that work according to the approach of Golden Master Testing / Characterization Testing / Approval Testing is constantly increasing. This approach promises more robust tests with less effort for creation and maintenance, while all the while testing much more completely. What this means, which different tools are available (mostly Open Source), and where the strengths and weaknesses of this approach lie, will be explained in this presentation. Don’t miss the next trend in test automation…

15:35 - Questions & Discussions

15:40 - Testing is Shifting Left. Where does this leave QA Managers? - Read More
Dima Lulko, BlazeMeter

Dima Lulko, BlazeMeter

In this talk I will explain:
What do we mean by shift left and shift right testing?
How does performance testing and monitoring work when we’ve moved away from the waterfall model?
What’s the role of the QA team in this new devops, focused world?
How can your team improve and deliver Continuous Quality when releases are constant?

15:55 - Questions & Discussions

16:00 - Tea & Coffee break

16:15 - High Quality Software : Automated Test Automation - Read More
Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey

Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey

I will start with key points to consider when developing test automation project. Brief information about the continuous integration system and the logic of operation. Then i will explain how to take our existing test automation system further by using continuous integration.

16:30 - Questions & Discussions

16:35 - CASE STUDY: We are a Part of The Team Too - Read More
Maryam Umar, Head of Quality, Thought Machine

Maryam Umar, Head of Quality, Thought Machine

SDET. When a hiring manager finds out they have to hire/work with an SDET, there is bound to be confusion. What is this role? Do they only write tests? What’s the developer to tester ratio? Are they really developers? How can I help them progress?

In this talk, I want to discuss the challenges of a test manager especially from the aspect of the team they manage. I will first discuss what value the role brings along-with the caveats of leadership in quality assurance. Most of the issues are around progression and how to gain respect in the team.

I want to have a discussion at the end about how we can overcome these challenges as a community and how we can make SDeTs a part of the team too.

16:50 - Questions & Discussions

16:55 - Cultivate your career - 3 core skill-sets every tester needs - Read More
Steve Watson, Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs

Steve Watson, Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs

It’s difficult to know what areas to focus on in order to grow in your career – load & performance testing, a coding language, DevOps and deployments? If you ask 50 people, you’ll get 50 answers. In this session, we’ll discuss the 3 core skill areas that testers need to focus on based on Steve’s extensive experience as a test manager, in order to help you decide where to invest your time.

17:10 - Questions & Discussions

17:15 - Chair’s summing up and close of conference

17:20 - Drinks Reception Sponsored by DELPHIX

Past Speakers


Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus


Sr. Director and Global Practice Lead, DevOps & Cloud, Delphix


Lead UX Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd


Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey


Head of Business Development and Programme Chair of the Technology Leadership Forum


Customer Success Officer, Leanpitch Technologies Pvt. Ltd.


Senior Head Competence Unit (SHCU), Zuhlke Engineering Ltd


Vice President Disciplined Agile, Project Management Institute (PMI)




CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School


Managing Director, Heart of Agile Europe


Savinder Puri. Head, DevOps CoE. Zensar Technologies, UK


Automation Tech Lead, Gett, Israel


Founder & CEO, ReTest


CTO, Cognitive Edge


Program Manager and Agile Coach, Everis, Peru


Head of Quality, Thought Machine


Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP


Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs


Principal Consultant, Infuse

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