BACKGROUND

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.

THE FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME

  • 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
CEO Agile Delta Consulting Limited

“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
Delegate

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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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.
DAY 1: 14 OCTOBER
DAY 2: 15 OCTOBER
DAY 3: 16 OCTOBER

Conference Chair: JONATHON WRIGHT, CTO AND CO-FOUNDER, DIGITAL ASSURED AND PRESIDENT VIVIT WORLDWIDE

10:30 UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

10:35 CONFERENCE CHAIR’S SCENE SETTING

10:40 Keynote: Moving Fast – Addressing the Elephant in the DevOps room – DataRead More
Gary Hallam, Enabling Channel Partners in EMEA, Delphix

Gary Hallam, Enabling Channel Partners in EMEA, Delphix

Data is often touted as the new oil, but for many enterprises data is a drag on innovation velocity. McKinsey suggested recently that businesses crammed 5 years worth of digital adoption into 8 weeks and that the road to recovery is paved with data. The road to digital transformation is also paved with data. Making data palatable across the enterprise is becoming more challenging as we extend our multi-generational architectures into the cloud, and as enterprises adopt machine learning and AI.

Gary will address how enterprises can transform data availability, rapidly increase innovation cycles and speed time to market.

11:00 Short Discussion

11:10 Helping fight COVID with GAENs Read More & Watch Video
Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President Vivit Worldwide

Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President Vivit Worldwide

Inviting all testers to get involve with the “COVID Patch Check Foundation” MIT project and help fight against COVID 19 by empowering people to keep themselves and their families safer. Lets make a real difference together!

Act now and you can help save lives with the newly launched Google and Apple Exposure Notification system ‘GAENs’ (https://covid19.apple.com/contacttracing). Join Jonathon as he will explain how you can get involved as a volunteer tester (no previous specialist experience required).

By volunteering on this project, you will be joining a global community of engineers, data scientists, digital privacy evangelists, MIT professors and researchers. All working to fight the spread of COVID-19 by empowering people to keep themselves and their families safer through global, privacy-first, citizen-led, free technology.

During this webinar, we will explore the historical challenges of Contact Tracing utilizing multiple technologies like GPS and Bluetooth. The importance of privacy and transparency to build trust for Medical Privacy and how to synthetically generate and anonymise test location data.

View Jonathan Wright’s video

11:30 Short Discussion

11:40 Is your agility Clever Hans? Avoiding Manager-Driven Development  Read More
Colin Deady, Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre, UK&I

Colin Deady, Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre, UK&I

Just over a hundred years ago Wilhelm von Osten toured exhibitions with his horse, Hans. Hans was incredible: he could count, solve equations, read and spell. Everyone agreed that Wilhelm was not cheating, and all believed that Hans was genuinely clever.

Unfortunately, it turned out that Hans was just following subtle cues given unintentionally from Wilhelm. Hans was not “clever”. Hans was a horse.

Today we see well-meaning teams collaborating and “being Agile” yet struggling to deliver valuable outcomes. They are working as their managers want, doing the things that their corporate Agile practices require. We are in effect being driven by Wilhelm, i.e.: we are practicing Manager-Driven Development responding to the subtle (or not so) cues given by our leaders. Our agility and hence ability to deliver valuable outcomes is being constrained by conformance to “established best practice”.

We should change that. We should not be Hans. We should challenge our leaders to enable us to deliver faster, better, valuable outcomes.

View Colin Deady’s video

12:00 Short Discussion

12:10 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

12:15 – 12:45 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

12:45 Case Study: When working harder is not solving the problem  Read More & Watch Video
Jan De Baere, Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

Jan De Baere, Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

Concepts of working with knowledge workers with an ever increasing complexity and speed of change.

What can I promise to a client, manager, user, citizen? We are supposed to be more accurate in our forecasts and at the same time we should be more flexible in the execution. On top of that we have to be respectful for all kinds of changing priorities.

When working harder is not going to solve the problem anymore. This is a real story of a department making the journey of thinking differently and working smarter. How did they – and can you – convince their -internal- clients, peers and their upper management of this change?

View Jan De Baere’s video

13:05 Short Discussion

13:15 Accelerating the DevOps hybrid skills in the next normal  Read More
Dheeraj Nayal, Global Community Ambassador & Region Head – APJ & MEA, DevOps Institute, USA

Dheeraj Nayal, Global Community Ambassador & Region Head – APJ & MEA, DevOps Institute, USA

This session will share some key insights that how COVID pandemic has caused challenges for businesses, families, and individuals worldwide, but there has been an accelerated and bold move by many organizations to shift towards digital channels and new ways of working. This acceleration in digital transformation has resulted in a rapid increase in new roles like Site Reliability Engineers, DevSecOps Engineers along with DevOps Engineers and making HYBRID skills the much-needed skills. This eventually paving way for prioritizing the virtual collaboration for Developers, Operations, and Enterprise leaders because of the need to continuously learn and be resilient in the face of change.

13:35 Short Discussion

13:45 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

13:50 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

14:10 Monty Python’s DevOps and System Engineering  Read More
Rainer Heinold, VP Technology & Services, Aservo

Rainer Heinold, VP Technology & Services, Aservo

Fun and DevOps are not a contradiction. By using quotes from Monty Python the presentation will highlight important aspects, differences and mainly commonalities that you must be aware of, whenever you are somehow exposed to a DevOps transformation in a System Engineering context – and wonder why things might run like an episode from the Flying Circus.

14:30 Short Discussion

14:40 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: BUSINESS TECHNOLOGYRead More
Moderator: Jonathon Wright; Panellists: Dheeraj Nayal, Colin Deady, Jan De Baere, Gary Hallam, Rainer Heinold

Moderator: Jonathon Wright; Panellists: Dheeraj Nayal, Colin Deady, Jan De Baere, Gary Hallam, Rainer Heinold

15:20 END OF DAY

Conference Chair: Giles Lindsay, CEO Agile Delta Consulting Limited

10:35 CONFERENCE CHAIR’S SCENE SETTING

10:40 Keynote: We need to talk about agility: From scaling to integrationRead More
Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

The various wars between different types of practice and the commoditisation of scaling have often neglected a wider perspective on development from conception to testing and release, In this presentation Snowden will look at a multi-methods approach with an emphasis on new thinking about design.

11:20 Short Discussion

11:30 Enable your engineers to make the right decisions with the Cost of DelayRead More & Watch Video
Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, DevOps, SRE and Cloud lead, Accenture Latvia

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis,DevOps, SRE and Cloud lead, Accenture Latvia

Generally, we want to know how long the task will take and how much effort will be needed. However, we always get it wrong, don’t we?
We’ll investigate why all projects fail and look into musings of one of the Agile fathers, Donald G. Reinertsen, and his approach to the so-called Cost of Delay.
Also, just join if you like pokemons and looking for some fun.

View Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis’s video

11:50 Short Discussion

12:00 THE CHALLENGES FOR AGILE PEOPLE  Read More
Giles Lindsay, FOUNDER AND CEO AGILE DELTA

Giles Lindsay, Founder and CEO Agile Delta

As a technology and agile leader, I am always being asked the questions about what makes an agile transformation successful and what makes it fail, and aside from the usual discussions around the challenges of agile leadership, organisational changes required and frameworks that an organisation is adopting, throughout the conversation, I’m concerned that there’s an obvious missing element that many organisations seem to take for granted when transforming a business to new agile ways of working… the people.

In this talk, using my own experiences from leading agile adoptions over the last 10+ years, I am going to share why we need our people to be agile, who an agile person is, uncovering what makes them tick, discovering the challenges they have to go through to be agile and listening to the advice being given to support them on their journey.

Now, as I will highlight at this session, their journey is not always that straight forward or as easy as some people like to make out…

12:20 Short Discussion

12:30 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

12:35 – 13:00 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

13:00 The Developer’s journey through transformations  Read More
Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering and Vikalp Kumar, Manager Engineering, Amadeus Software Labs

Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering and Vikalp Kumar, Manager Engineering, Amadeus Software Labs

The Age of Transformation in the technology industry has affected the developers more than anyone. Era of agile transformation, cloud, DevOps etc has transformed the way a developer needs to adapt. This topic covers aspects of how the DevOps tooling has evolved to help the developers adapt to new ways of working better and faster – keeping their edge to deliver the best they can!

13:20 Short Discussion

13:30 Integrating UX with DevOps.  Read More
Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

User experience and satisfaction are perhaps the most talked about topics in many organisations both in the public and private sectors. Identifying your users and their needs is crucial for any product or service development. It’s particularly important for DevOps teams to understand who their users are and what value and business outcome they are trying to deliver.

This talk delves into a concept of User/Customer Experience (UX/CX), and how it can be applied within the DevOps environment. We’ll look at how we can satisfy our internal users’ needs within your organisation and apply human-centred design to our DevOps solutions and transformations. You’ll also learn a few useful techniques that will help you focus on your users and become customer-centric.

13:50 Short Discussion

14:00 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

14:05 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

14:20 How does Deming’s work on quality help us?  Read More
Mike Harris, BCS

Mike Harris, BCS

“W. Edwards Deming was a “quality pioneer’ whose ideas have deeply affected how we work in agile and lean teams. Mike’s presentation will give a quick overview of lean and agile, then take the audience through his journey discovering Deming’s influence on quality, lean and agile.

As a result of the presentation the audience should gain a better understanding of lean, agile and of Deming’s influence on quality. Knowing where the ideas on agile, lean and quality came from has helped him in his work in software quality and should also help the people who attend the presentation!”

14:40 Short Discussion

14:50 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: STORYTELLING SOLUTIONS Read More
Moderator: Giles Lindsay; Panellists: Dave Snowden, Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, Arun Narayanaswamy, Viklap Kumar, Iwona Winiarska, Mike Harris

Moderator: Giles Lindsay; Panellists: Dave Snowden, Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, Arun Narayanaswamy, Viklap Kumar, Iwona Winiarska, Mike Harris

15:30 END OF DAY

Conference Chair: Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

10:35 CONFERENCE CHAIR’S SCENE SETTING

10:40 Plenary: To Scale Test Automation for DevOps – Avoid These Anti-Patterns  Read More
Matthias Rapp, VP Cloud Partnerships at Tricentis

Matthias Rapp, VP Cloud Partnerships at Tricentis

We know that most organisations today are integrating at least some test automation into their CI/CD pipelines. Most start with unit testing – which, while a great place to start, can’t give you the level of confidence you need to safely deploy into production. In this session, we’ll talk about what you should consider to make test automation a true accelerator of your pipeline throughput. We will share ideas for avoiding some of the most common anti-patterns we’ve identified that make it difficult to scale beyond the unit test level.

You will learn:

  • How to get more value out of test automation and minimize the number of defects identified late in the delivery cycle
  • How to avoid common anti-patterns related to collaboration, test data management, testing in the cloud and more
  • How to speed up your CI/CD pipeline through a thoughtful test strategy

11:00 Short Discussion

11:10 Keynote: DevOps in the Cloud Read More
Matt Muschol, Chief Technology Officer, Clearvision

Matt Muschol, Chief Technology Officer, Clearvision

Atlassian tools such as Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Opsgenie and Statuspage form an integral part of DevOps pipelines. The implications of deploying classic options — on-premise, private cloud, public cloud (Software-as-a-Service) and third-party managed hosting, are often overlooked by users.

With the onset of Covid-19, new trends emerged, creating challenges which required many to reconsider their approach. In this talk, such trends are explored, along with how the global pandemic challenged DevOps at its core, causing some organisational silos to re-emerge. Matt suggests how certain deployment methods are responsible and how some users are bypassing these challenges by migrating to a fully cloud-based solution.

11:30 Short Discussion

11:40 FIVE BEHAVIOURAL HACKS TO INCREASE YOUR AGILE COACHING RESPONSE.  Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Niall McShane, Agile Coach / Community Host, Independent consultant

Niall McShane, Agile Coach / Community Host, Independent consultant

Agile Coaching often involves giving advice, but it also includes the ability to respond with questions that help your team find their own solutions. When you’re next asked for help, would you be able to respond with some agile coaching as opposed to playing the agile expert (in technology or ways to work). This presentation will show you some simple experiments that build your agile coaching capability irrespective of your role title.

During this presentation you will learn:

  • How to improve your ability to respond as a coach with psychology “hacks”
  • How to notice your urge to advise and how to build alternate habits
  • How to deal with emotions and resistance to your ideas/advice
  • How to use agile coaching to improve issues ownership (responsibility) in your team
  • How to co-create ways forward in complex situations where there’s no right answer

View Niall McShane’s video

12:00 Short Discussion

12:10 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

12:15 – 12:45 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

12:45 Enforce Security using DevSecOps Model.  Read More
Ramesh Krishnamurthy, CTO, Indium Software

Ramesh Krishnamurthy, CTO, Indium Software

Security is a growing concern and the Pandemic has made it one of the biggest concern to businesses, CIO, CTOs and all stakeholders equally. Security is everyone’s responsibility but are we building secure products in a secured environment? The talk will highlight the importance of Security in a DevOps environment and detail various scenarios.

13:05 Short Discussion

13:15 KEYNOTE: THE OTHER WAY TO SCALE AGILE: HOW YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN INCORPORATE AN AGILE MINDSET EVEN IF YOUR ORG CHART NODES DISAGREE.  Read More
Drew Shefman, Software Engineer, Disney Streaming

Drew Shefman, Software Engineer, Disney Streaming

Much of Agile focuses on the “team”, but Agile is a mindset and a mindset starts with a single person. Whether you are on a fully agile team, transitioning, or agile is not even an option, there are a number of personal practices that can help you become an Agile Practitioner no matter what your environment might be.

13:35 Short Discussion

13:45 INTRODUCTION TO SPONSORS

13:50 Break and Sponsors’ Exhibition Viewing

14:10 Rethinking Test Automation  Read More
PAUL GERRARD, PRINCIPAL, GERRARD CONSULTING

Paul Gerrand, Principal, Gerrand Consulting

Test (execution) automation has been a goal since the earliest programs were written. The mechanics of automated tests have evolved with the technology used to build software, but the fundamental problems of test automation have not changed. Establishing a consistent environment, creating integral and re-usable test data, handling genuine failures, false negatives (and positives), tear-down, and clean-up. These are well-understood challenges. Developers and testers battle with flaky environments, test frameworks, and buggy software under test much the same way they always did. There is little debate about these technical or logistical matters. The use of unit test frameworks to test low-level components and integration is well-understood and usually most effective. But where the user interface is graphical and/or where tests of larger, integrated systems are required, test automation is more challenging. These tests tend to be longer, slower, and more complex and as a consequence, they are harder to write, debug, and maintain. These tests also run relatively slowly. All in all, long-winded, complex tests are flaky and far less efficient and economic. Two models dominate people’s thinking in this area – the four-quadrant model and the test automation pyramid. They have some value, but practitioners and managers need something better to guide their thinking.

This is the “state of automation” and has been for many years.

In this talk, Paul sets out a way of thinking about testing and test automation that helps to answer the strategic questions: What does test automation actually do for us? When and how is automation the right choice? How do we justify automation? Can automation replace testers? What new tools and skills do we need to implement automation in the future?

14:30 Short Discussion

14:40 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: CHALLENGES OF DEV SEC TEST & OPS Read More
Moderator: Paul Gerrard; Panellists: Matthias Rapp, Niall McShane, Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Drew Shefman

Moderator: Paul Gerrard; Panellists: Matthias Rapp, Niall McShane, Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Drew Shefman

15:20 END OF DAY

Speakers

Jan De Baere

Enterprise Agile Coach, Cegeka

Colin Deady

Head of Agile Development, Capita Digital Development Centre, UK&I

Paul Gerrard

Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Gary Hallam

Enabling Channel Partners in EMEA, Delphix

Rainer Heinold

VP Technology & Services, Aservo

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

DevOps, SRE and Cloud lead, Accenture Latvia

Ramesh Krishnamurthy

CTO, Indium Software

Vikalp Kumar

Manager Engineering, Amadeus Software Labs

GILES LINDSAY

Founder and CEO Agile Delta

Niall McShane

Agile Coach / Community Host, Independent consultant

Matt Muschol

Chief Technology Officer, Clearvision

Arun Narayanaswamy

Director Engineering, Amadeus Labs

Dheeraj Nayal

Global Community Ambassador & Region Head – APJ & MEA, DevOps Institute, USA

Matthias Rapp

VP Cloud Partnerships, Tricentis

Drew Shefman

Software Engineer, Disney Streaming
Dave Snowden

Dave Snowden

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

JONATHON WRIGHT

CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured and President Vivit Worldwide

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