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. These three methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production. 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.

At this showcase we are aiming to include many case studies as well as high quality technical/review presentations. We will also feature the popular and interactive round table discussions where all participants can join in, shape their learning, share their own experiences, and hear fresh ideas. 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. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.

Among the topic addressed are:

  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline.
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Scrum board Gamification
  • Modern Software Testing
  • Sustainable Test Automation
  • Mob Programming
  • Team leadership
  • Individuals and interactions over process and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan…… have been achieved and helped establishing a faster and practical way of getting things done.

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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 their vision in the field of Agile, Testing and DevOps Showcase.

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

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The programme features a morning plenary session, then splits into two tracks: Agile & DevOps and Testing.

  • Joint Morning Sessions -

  • 09:00 - 09:30


  • 09:30 - 09:35

    UNICOM Introduction and Scene Setting

  • 09:35 - 10:15

    A fairy tale about habits or what we can learn from Cinderella and her peers in DevOps!

    Sabine Wojcieszak, getNext IT

    Like Cinderella´s “The good in the potty, the bad in the croppy” this talk will focus on common habits on individual, team and organizational level, which will either support or harm your DevOps initiatives. It will give some ideas of how to foster the good ones or to solve the bad ones.

    This talk is made to stick in your mind, to help you to discover habits in your own environment and start to work on them!


    Sabine Wojcieszak

  • 10:20 - 10:40

    DevOps and culture change

    Chris Verlinden, CEO, Adjugo

    DevOps is primarily a new culture, one of close collaboration with business and software development. The culture needs to move away from command and control and needs to embrace self-governing, autonomous teams aligned with the goals of the company. This presentation will cover some of the biological background of the challenge.


    Chris Verlinden

  • 10:45 - 11:05

    Intelligent Automation - Rise of the Machines

    Carole Malinge, Micro Focus

    This session will start with an introduction on AI & NLP approaches and will show how these can apply to test automation. Come & see how Micro Focus implements these new technologies to simplify creation & maintenance of automated tests, enabling greater productivity.


    Carole Malinge

  • 11:05 - 11:35

    Tea and Coffee

  • 11:35 - 12:15

    Embrace Tools and Automation to increase software quality in your development process

    Pieter Gheysens, Xpirit Belgium

    Releasing software to production has always been a risky job but it doesn’t have to be like that. Tools and automation can help a lot to increase the reliability and quality of your code. In this session I will show how Azure DevOps has made it extremely easy and intuitive to use the power of integrated features for all stakeholders in the software development process.


    Pieter Gheysens

  • 12:20 - 13:00

    Round Tables

  • 13:00 - 14:00


  • Track on Testing -

  • 14:00 - 14:40

    Testing in the Digital Age and AI

    Daniël Maslyn, Sogeti Belgium

    In June 2018, Sogeti launched the book ‘Testing in the digital age: AI makes the difference’. A year later, the story of AI enhanced testing is growing fast. Testing in Agile and Dev Ops contexts are converging with AI and machine learning tools, technologies and ways of working which lead to a “new normal”. This cooperation between human testers, aided by AI guided automation leads to possibilities in Cognitive QA that will be increasing in the coming years.

    This session will cover some of the key elements in this Digital Testing story and will cover topics such as new AI driven quality attributes, things the tester should now to best include this AI driven way of testing into their end-to-end testing process and will in general offer practical guidelines for how this approach can greatly assist daily test practices. This approach can help meet the challenges we see growing such as increasing product complexity, larger data volumes and the need to be flexible enough to anticipate testing trends and be able to be better positioned to let the AI help so that we can better focus on testing scope and take on product releases in a more time to market driven and continual manner. As companies continue their transitioning to Agile and Dev Ops ways of working and so too this session will also cover the stages or “hops” your company may consider on such a journey to transition to this digital testing future. This session will cover these and other insights into the topics from the book and how you can start this journey to Testing in the Digital Age.


    Daniël Maslyn

  • 14:45 - 15:25

    Unlearning to facilitate learning

    Viktorija Manevska, beQualified

    When Viki heard for the first time about unlearning it sounded a little bit confusing to her. Why should she unlearn something that she already knew? But than she started to read and research more on the topic of unlearning and she realized that unlearning doesn’t mean erasing everything you know and going back to zero. It’s just the opposite, unlearning is opening yourself to new learning’s, to new ideas and options. Understanding the unlearning process makes you open to a new perspective which was previously blocked by existing knowledge and old habits.

    Unlearning is similar to clearing the cache from your phone, you don’t erase everything you have on the phone, you only free some space so you can again make some space for some new data.

    During the talk Viki will share how she used unlearning for her personal learning experience, the struggles she went through and the results she achieved. Also, she will share how you can facilitate your team to go through the process of unlearning. This will help the team to more easily adopt and implement new approaches and ideas. Team members will become more open to new ideas and not blocked by holding on to old habits.


    Viktorija Manevska

  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Tea and Coffee

  • 15:45 - 16:05
    Inggita Arundina

    Decoding the testing process and strategy within culture diversity

    Inggita Arundina, FlixBus

    The user’s behaviour might vary from one to another. It can be influenced by their own culture, habit, and perception that differs from each country. The product result that is introduced and released in one country might be invalid in another. When a product is available in several regions, then how can we decide the testing strategy in the same code base and release?

    This session will share my experience regarding the decoding testing strategy based on diversity and the user’s behaviour and cultural perspective. How we overcome cultural differences in testing by utilizing diversity.

    Inggita Arundina

    Inggita Arundina

  • 16:10 - 16:50

    Testing Pyramid Reimagined: Integration-Testing with Docker and Testcontainers

    Kevin Wittek, codecentric AG

    Unit testing is fine, but without proper integration testing, especially if you work with external resources like databases and other services, you might not know how your application will actually behave once it has been deployed to the real production environment. Before Docker, configuring the environment for integration testing was painful – people were using fake database implementations, mocking servers, usually it was not cross-platform as well. However, thanks to Docker, now we can quickly prepare the environment for our tests. In this talk I would like to show how you can use Testcontainers – a popular Java testing library that harnesses Docker to easily, reliably, spin up test dependencies.


    Kevin Wittek

  • 16:55 - 17:05

    Summing Up and Close of Day

  • 17:05 -

    Drinks Reception


Inggita Arundina

Inggita Arundina


Pieter Gheysens

Xpirit Belgium

Pierre Hervouet


Carole Malinge

Micro Focus

Viktorija Manevska


Daniël Maslyn

Sogeti Belgium

Renaud Montulet

Eygues & Bentrix

Rico Trevisan


Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse

Formica Digital

Chris Verlinden

CEO, Adjugo

Kevin Wittek

codecentric AG

Sabine Wojcieszak

getNext IT

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