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. They can work together, and the entire build process enables and supports the development and operations that move deliverables from development and production to meet users’ expectations.
The ever-evolving technology too is helping to meet the business challenges, as they become increasingly complex. To keep up, organisations must build and deploy innovative, timely solutions. Low Code, a new visual approach to software development has been making its mark in building and delivering software solutions at speed.
The expert practitioners and thought leaders over these two days will discuss the wider context and right level of abstraction of this new way of working and also help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment.
This is a highly interactive online conference with sharing of practical experiences and knowledge-sharing presentations as well as extended panel sessions for sharing insights and industry trends with you putting your questions directly. There is an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from these three topic areas on Software Testing, Automation, Quality Assurance and various aspects of Agile and DevOps.
THE FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME
Through these days, we aim to include high quality technical/review presentations from thought leaders as well as case studies from practitioners and solution providers. Each day will have a joint session of Agile, DevOps and Testing and then two separate tracks – one on Testing and another on Agile & DevOps. We will also feature extended knowledge-sharing discussions in moderated panel sessions.
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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 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 Panel 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.
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Dave Snowden, Director Cynefin Centre, Chief Scientific Officer Cognitive Edge
How to create a resilient and adaptive response to the many challenges faced by organisations today?
How do we explore the realities of the present conditions and map a path forwards?
What are the obstacles and opportunities facing the agile and DevOps communities?
Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) techniques enable teams to increase agility and quickly release a high-quality product. In this talk, we walk you through best practices for building CI/CD workflows to allow you to manage your serverless and containerized applications. We cover infrastructure-as-code application models, such as the AWS Serverless Application Model (AWS SAM), as well as how to set up CI/CD release pipelines with AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild. Finally, we discuss automating safer deployments using AWS CodeDeploy.
The rules of work are changing. Agile Organization – Organization 3.0 reflects Agility, an understanding of tribal leadership models, and a recognition that new rules are needed to navigate new organizations that are changing the world today. Teamwork, collaboration, and positive relationships are what matter. If you cannot adopt the new standards, you will be left behind.
Previous organizational structures and processes also reflected their times. Organization 1.0, showed the mentality of industrialism, with stable hierarchies and rule following the norm. Organization 2.0 rewarded specialization, processes, and structure over teams and groups. The “me first” workplace served the lucky few, but is now being replaced by a new generation, with a more thoughtful organization of our lives and work. The talk is based on concepts described in my new book The Great ScrumMaster – #ScrumMasterWay.
* Know the different leadership styles, including leader-leader and leader-follower
* Learn to navigate within the stages of the tribal leadership model
* Understand and promote positivity in your company environment
* Identify 4 team toxins, and apply the antidotes
* Operate in the dynamics of Organization 3.0
Panellists: Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge; Sohan Maheshwar, Amazon Web Services; Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová, Agile Coach and Trainer
Who likes testing? By developers testing is often perceived as a boring verification. Other crafts might think that testing is only for people with tech background. Upper management often sees testing as an unnecessary cost that can be easily cut off. At the same time, testing goes hand in hand with quality of the product. How do we prove that testing is fun and make everyone in the company be a testing adept?
My talk is about how QA community at King proved that testing can be fun for everyone and made our coworkers from other departments be testing adepts. We organise monthly testing events with the limited number of seats that are taken within first 2 hours after the event have been announced. How did we achieve that? First, we switched from Quality Assurance to Quality Assistance. Secondly, we started QA onboarding for every newcomer no matter in which department she or he joins. Thirdly, we made our testing instructions more fun.
Yoann Lechevallier, Senior Solutions Engineer, SauceLabs
Sune Engsig, Chief Evangelist, Leapwork, Denmark
Enterprises are building and operating more software than ever before. This puts an ever-increasing pressure on delivery teams to deliver the required quality. Manual QA is a major part of the problem – but many organizations are struggling to get it running efficiently. When the software doesn’t work, the business stops working completely, resulting in money lost, reputations damaged, and putting the enterprise at risk. Automated QA, so far, has not solved the challenge as it presents business with yet another tech barrier. This talk covers how to prepare for successful automation – and how this can and must be done jointly by business and IT.
Low-Code is hot! They promise Simple, Fast, Cheap and Good development, but can quality assurance be good in a simple, fast and cheap development environment?! That’s what I like to talk about with you!
Panellists: Elena Bazina, King; Yoann Lechevallier, SauceLabs; Sune Engsig, Leapwork; Marjolein Pordon, Squerist
Keith Watson, Director of DevOps, ADP
“You build it you run it” has been promoted as a way of making software development teams take more responsibility for the impact of their code in operations. This presentation explores the journey of one agile software product in ADP and the challenges and benefits in this approach.
Guillermo Martinez, Head of DevOps, Accenture NL
DevOps requires changing implementation, delivery, organisation, practices… Typically the areas moving into DevOps focuses on CI/CD and tooling, forgetting a key element that makes DevOps possible, the knowledge.
ValueDevOps is a network of IT practitioners who asked ourselves a simple question: “What is the most valuable thing we are not doing?” Our answer: “Experiment with DevOps techniques.” We started building a VM environment to collaborate and experiment without fear of messing up. Sounds exciting, and you want to learn more about DevOps, containerization, and cloud-native principles, then join me at my talk.
Moderator:Colin Deady, PPS;
Panellists: Keith Watson, ADP; Guillermo Martinez, Accenture NL; Marcel Kwakernaak, ValueDevOps and Royal Schiphol Group
Seb Rose, Continuous Improvement Lead, SmartBear
New software development approaches continue to be promoted. You may be aware of waterfall, RUP, 4GLs, 3-tier client server – all still alive and kicking in some domains. You will be familiar with some (or all) of Agile, Kanban, DevOps, SAFe, No Code/Low Code and many others.
A new kid on the block is DevSecOps. What does that mean? Where did it come from? Why is it important? If we adopted the tenets of DevSecOps without calling it DevSecOps would it “smell just as sweet”? What would it “smell” like if we spun up a DevSecOps team, without understanding the fundamental challenges that DevSecOps was intended to overcome?
In this session I’ll explore the origins of DevSecOps before going on to demonstrate the distance between the label and the intent of DevSecOps. Finally I’ll try to generalise the journey from “good idea” to “empty slogan” that seems to underpin many of the hyped transformations that I’ve lived through during my 40 year career in software.
Modern software-based services are implemented as large scale, highly distributed systems running in cloud or data centres. Disruptive real-world events like hardware failures or software bugs can create turbulent conditions in the environments where these systems and can lead to unpredictable outcomes. Chaos Engineering is a study of system’s ability to withstand such disruptive turbulent conditions. It works by purposefully injecting failure into the production environment that mirrors the actual failure modes and monitors the recovery.
Chaos engineering uses experimentation to study effects of such disruptions. These experiments typically start by defining “steady state” of the system and come up with metrics that can be used to measure this steady state. Then various events that mirror the failure modes (aka “Chaos”) that are possible in our production environment (e.g. server crash), are injected systematically in the system in controlled environment.
Effect of the injected “Chaos” is observed by collecting and analyzing the metrics identified above. If the system is able to recover successfully, this builds confidence in system’s ability to handle an actual unplanned outage. If a failure to recover is observed, then it becomes a target for improvement before that behavior manifests in the system at large. By automating these chaos experiments, it is possible to identify several such vulnerabilities on a continual basis.
This talk goes into details of what Chaos Engineering is, why is it important, and how to use it to build immunity in Production Systems. It also emphaisze that extensive monitoring & logging is essential for the success of Chaos Engineering in its goal to improve the resiliency of the system.
Gil Zilberfeld, Agile Testing Consultant, TestinGil, Israel
Testers never catch up with all the code developers create. We never know the product’s real quality.
We constantly ignore a root cause – testability.
Code architecture, design, and structure directly affect our testing effort. By improving testability, we increase testing effectiveness and efficiency. And everyone on the team should contribute.
Panellists: Seb Rose, SmartBear; Nikhil Barthwal, Facebook; Gil Zilberfeld, TestinGil
Matthias Zax, Agile Engineering Coach, Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI)
Continuous Security testing is becoming more and more a key factor for success. Especially if we consider that the development and release process is speeding up enormously. Just imagine that your potential shippable product is going to production with a huge vulnerability or a back door open. The damage to your company and bad reputation would be even not measurable. So how can we avoid this? How can we build- security -in? Let’s leave the stone age behind, break down the security silo and implement DevSecOps. During my talk, I will tell you where you can implement and improve security testing. What different kinds of functional and non-function security testing methods are available and what are the low-hanging fruits. On a high level, I will explain SAST / DAST / IAST / RASP and how your team could implement these methods with examples. Then I will lift it to the next level and show how you can add security testing to your pipeline to get fast feedback to fix the vulnerabilities at a very early stage (shift left). By showing where to implement security tests in your software development lifecycle, I will explain where it makes sense to have security as a deep skill part of your team and go for DevSecOps! After I increased our transparency of security and showed you how to deal with “the four fists”, I will close my talk by presenting the 10 successful steps to DevSecOps.
Dr Thomas Fehlmann, Senior Researcher, Euro Project Office AG
Autonomous Real-Time Testing (ART) is a novel approach to automated testing, where not only code, or services, are tested automatically, but also test cases are generated by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) process. ART is executed anywhere, anytime, without human intervention. The AI process for generating test cases is based on a solid process for analysing users’ values and needs, following ISO/IEC 16355.
ART impacts product marketing, in automotive and medical instruments, and many others.
Astrid Winkler, Project Manager, Face AG, Switzerland
As human beings, we often deal with difficult situations that most likely include fellow humans. When situations or people start to trigger us it becomes critical to reflect and decide about your reactions within seconds. And sometimes situations warrant us to step back, reflect and do the right thing after thinking through the situation. In scenarios like these, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a great tool, to effectively deal with stressful situations, misunderstandings or conflicts, and in fact, if applied skilfully EI can help one steer things towards success.
As a newbie in the testing industry, I developed my understanding based on different talks I attended. I realized how much human-centric and human-dependent technology is. I learned how testers work and what they deal with. EI can help you become the best version of yourself and help you perform better whether you are a team leader or not, EI can help you become the best version of yourself and help you perform better.
In this talk, participants will learn:
Vodafone Enterprise UK is one amongst the fastest growing businesses globally within fixed data network spanning over 90 countries. Offerings like Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Connect, Mobile, Fixed and Unified Communications helps to connect people, places & things, and to do so interplays a complex IT stack complemented by an array of networks.
Company understand that to build a competitive advantage a key factor contributing is “Accelerating Application Delivery“. The myth that testing holds back the speed of delivery is not relevant today, now with Continuous Testing (CT) and DevOps practices that provide near-real time measure of business risk & comparing it within the acceptable limit.
CT and DevOps adoption is a guiding principle and there is no ‘One Size Fits All’ solution off-the-shelf. Creating a stable and low maintenance E2E continuous test framework is challenging given complex application stacks, deeply entrenched process built for dramatically different delivery models within strict compliance requirements. The four pillars towards sustainable CT/DevOps are Stability, Scalability, Maintainability & Reusability. This paper/presentation details how these pillars were realized in the CT & DevOps adoption journey within E2E testing services for Vodafone Enterprise IT (EIT). Key Challenges:
This journey provides an adaptable framework to establish Continuous Testing by extending DevOps beyond ‘Build-Test- Deploy’ within systems to ensure Auto Deployments, Auto environment and Functional Sanity test-runs & Auto Reporting are embraced across entire E2E stack.
Adopt, Adapt & realize Value – Focus on the right solution for your challenges
It is true that there is no such thing as Enterprise CT & DevOps In-A-box. Given the rapid advancement in tools and technologies in this space, there is often tradeoff between keeping the CT & DevOps system stable/mature and achieving low maintenance overheads. An enterprise CT & DevOps framework that can achieve your organization’s goal with respect to quality, speed, and efficiency, needs to be crafted by adapting this framework based on solid understanding of the current testing estate within the organization and focused evaluation of the key challenges impeding the pace of delivery.
Panellists: Matthias Zax, Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI); Astrid Winkler, Face AG; Saurabh Bhardwaj, VOIS and Ramapriya Shivakumar, Vodafone
Given the complexities & scale in large enterprises, the talk covers how Flow based Agile culture can catapult growth & speed up the delivery to the customers. Visualization of work & culture of continuous improvement will be part of the core theme.
Marielle Roozemond, Agile coach & lecturer, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences/Agile Communicatie, The Netherlands
Most people tend to avoid conflict and disagreement. A shame, because disagreement is necessary to achieve better products and processes. Dealing productively with disagreement and conflict ensures that quality of work goes up, job satisfaction increases, and team members will feel more engaged. We should embrace conflict instead. In order to do this we need to be familiar with the anatomy of this type of interactions and the biological processes that are set in motion in our brains.
Peter Maddison, VP of Engineering, Xodiac Inc.
– DevOps makes the work visible and creates conversation around it
– The creation of feedback loops allows you to understand the impact of the process changes you are making
– Continually iterating accelerates learning, allowing you to improve your process
Panellists: Adarsh Mehrotra, Infosys; Marielle Roozemond, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences/Agile Communicatie; Peter Maddison, Xodiac Inc.