This event is co-located with Agile & DevOps Showcase
Delegates may attend any sessions from across the two conferences.

Testers have always been at the coal face of ensuring that “stuff works as it should”.   Is there anything different in the actual testing of new digital products, new interfaces with clients which must always provide the optimum user experience?  How are testers coping?  What are the stories coming in?  What is working well and what can be done better?

At this event 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 (each addressing a different testing topic or issue) where all participants can join in, shape their learning, share their own experiences, and hear fresh ideas.

There is also an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and testing tool vendors.

Joint morning session of Keynote presentations with Agile & DevOps  

The Round Table session: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, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.

Benefits of attending

  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet with Testing experts and professionals from your same industry areas
  • Develop and benchmark your Testing Strategies
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Discover latest technical skills, tools, tips and tricks in the industry
  • Discussion and networking are encouraged via Q&A sessions after the presentations and during the breaks

Topics to be covered:

  • Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline.
  • Modern Software Testing
  • Sustainable Test Automation
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Evolving beyond kanban Practical Security Testing for Mobile Apps
  • Testing: One Piece of the Puzzle
  • Team leadership
  • Individuals and interactions over process and tools

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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 Testing.

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

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

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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  • Joint session with Agile & DevOps Showcase, North -

  • 09:15 -

    Keynote: A Bluffer's Guide to Technical Debt for other people

    Steve Freeman, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    We need to explain Technical Debt to people who are not technical, partly so that they can make better choices because they understand the real trade-offs, and partly to so that we understand it better too. Some of the tension between trying to get product out and developing something you can live with is an essential feature of trying to do anything new, but some is the result of a mismatch of understanding between Product and Development. The metaphor of debt does not really convey the risks that arise from poor technical quality. Instead, I will introduce some other metaphors for looking at technical risk that we think match the problem more effectively and propose some strategies to help product and development teams approach a solution.


    Steve Freeman

  • 09:55 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working (WoW)

    Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

    We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their "WoW." This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn?

    There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. One approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. Another approach is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. In this talk you’ll discover how to develop your WoW without starting from scratch and without having to rely on the limited experience and knowledge of "agile coaches."

    In this talk, Mark Lines, co-creator of Disciplined Agile, and co-author of four books on Disciplined Agile, shows how to reference the DAD "Toolkit" to help you make better decisions that make sense for your organization, for your teams, for their unique contexts.  Better decisions lead to better outcomes!


    Mark Lines

  • 10:40 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 10:45 -

    Introduction to sponsoring bodies and coffee break

  • 11:15 -

    Panel: The Future of Testing within Agile and CD

    Moderator: Chris Thacker, Test Manager,

    Position statement:

    Agile Development, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment changed in fundamental ways how software intensive systems are designed and tested.
    Giovanni Asproni, Principal Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

    DevOps at Scale
    Ahmed Singer, Senior Solutions Architect, MicroFocus

    Modern Software Testing
    Ian Bissett, Technical Director, Infuse

  • 11:45 -

    Round Table Session

    Table 1 - Increasing software reliability: traditional vs. new methodologies and technologies
    Dr Greg Law, CTO, Undo

    Table 2 - Operability
    Matthew Skelton, Head of Consulting & Training, Conflux

    Table 3 - Scaling Agile but really retaining autonomy
    Shabbir Naqvi, Programme Delivery Lead, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

    Table 4 - Creating teams based on shared rules, values and purpose - an interactive roundtable
    Tom Hoyland, Agile Delivery Lead, Sky Betting and Gaming

    Table 5 - What can we do to bring agility (proactively responding to change) back to Agile?
    Colin Deady, Head of Product and Innovation, Capita Application Services

    Table 6 - Artificial Intelligence in Operations (AIOps)
    Jonathon Wright, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Assured

    Table 7 - Critical Skills for software testers
    Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

    Table 8 - The Importance of test automation
    Ian Bissett, Technical Director, Infuse

  • 12:15 -


  • TESTING TRACK – Chairman: Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting -

  • 13:15 -

    Chair’s scene setting.

  • 13:20 -

    CASE STUDY: How SAP HANA engineers resolved 7 intractable bugs in their database application

    Dr Greg Law, Co-founder & CTO, Undo

    How do you go about testing a complex feature-rich multi-threaded application of highly optimised C/C++ code that is SAP HANA? A huge code base, non-deterministic factors, continuous integration and more advanced testing methodologies lead to a growing number of intermittent test failures which are often difficult to reproduce and investigate. Worryingly, these sporadic failures are building up over time, like a pile of dirty laundry nobody wants to talk about...

    The SAP HANA engineering team spent months analysing logs from failed tests - often with no success. Eventually, they tried a new method: recording test failures and replaying the recording files in a reversible debugger in order to see exactly what the HANA software did.

    This short talk will explore how the SAP HANA engineering team managed to catch and fix sporadic memory leaks and race conditions ... before they reached customers. Their true commitment to software quality is a big part of why they are leading the field in the in-memory revolution.


    Greg Law

  • 13:40 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 13:45 -

    Continuous Testing - Increasing delivery speed and quality for Agile and DevOps teams

    Ahmed Singer, Lead Solution Architect in Application Delivery Management, MicroFocus

    The Demand for innovation from the Business brings many challenges for software Development teams, these include the proliferation of devices, adoption of Cloud, user Experience, Security, time to market and modern delivery practices such as Agile and DevOps.

    Organizations are being asked to release new application and features to the market quickly, without sacrificing quality. This can only be achieved by keeping the source code free of defects by detecting problems as soon as they are introduced so that they can be weeded out before they get released to Production.

    Whether you’re using waterfall, Agile, or DevOps methodologies, continuous testing helps you deliver better software.

    Key learnings:
    ♦ To understand the concept of continuous testing and the benefits it can bring to your organization
    ♦ To learn how to implement continuous testing throughout the development process to achieve faster delivery and higher levels of quality


    Ahmed Singer

  • 14:10 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 14:15 -

    The importance of Test Automation and Continuous Delivery

    Ian Bissett, Technical Director, Infuse

    While automation is not new in the testing community, a large majority of software companies are still yet to fully understand and embrace test automation into their release process, relying solely on traditional manual testing methods instead. Using experience gained over the last 20 years, Infuse's Technical Director Ian Bisset will be explaining why automation has become an essential part of modern software delivery and how tools such as Jenkins, Selenium and Infuse’s useMango product can be utilized to create a Continuous Delivery pipeline to help speed releases and reduce Production defects.


    Ian Bissett

  • 14:40 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 14:45 -

    Coffee & Tea Break

  • 15:05 -

    Testing your Prototypes: What, Why, How

    Giovanni Asproni, Principal Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd and Robert Moore, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

    A common phrase associated with software prototypes is “quick and dirty”—meaning that not much thought is given to good design or, God forbid, testing.

    In this talk we’ll present a different approach: the story of how we created a prototype for a moderately complex Amazon Alexa skill to manage bank accounts. We’ll describe how various levels of automated testing, and an attention to clean code allowed us to create a prototype, to be demoed to prospect customers, much more quickly that also works in a very reliable manner greatly reducing the chances of the “demo effect”—when the system works perfectly always except when demonstrated for an audience.


    Giovanni Asproni

    Robert Moore

  • 15:30 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 15:35 -

    Continuous Testing

    Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

    The oft-quoted four-quadrant and pyramid models for testing don’t help test much in adapting to the continuous delivery approach. The models focus on types of testing rather than what testers actually do.

    Continuous delivery models usually define testing as a stage in an infinite delivery cycle. But testing isn’t a stage anymore, it’s a pervasive activity throughout the ‘infinite loop’. Paul uses his New Model to give a different perspective to what is being called ‘Continuous Testing’.

    This talk looks at what testers actually need to do and focuses on the activities of testing between the requirements to delivery phase of the infinite loop.


    Paul Gerrard

  • 16:00 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 16:05 -

    Continuous Testing with Models: Eradicating perennial barriers to rigorous testing

    James Walker, Director, Curiosity Software Ireland

    This session presents an example iteration to demonstrate how Model-Based approaches can test complex systems within short iterations. The requirements-driven method identifies defects at source, while maximising feedback and eliminating testing bottlenecks. Parallelism and re-usability are built in, with QA and business teams working from the same models to deliver better systems faster.


    James Walker

  • 16:30 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 16:35 -

    Leading Quality: Lessons learnt about delivering great software from the fastest growing tech companies in the world

    Ronald Cummings-John, Co-author, Global App Testing

    Companies can no longer think about quality in the traditional sense - the days of relying on testers to be the gatekeepers of a release and own “quality” are over. Adopting a culture that embraces quality is what allows organisations to develop better quality products, achieve alignment between teams and deliver world-class customer experiences. In this talk, we share the traits of high-performing teams and insights from working with and interviewing the fastest growing app companies in the world like Facebook, Snapchat, Google, Spotify and more.

    This talk will cover three key themes:

    ♦ How internalising quality led to these companies building better products
    ♦ What modern testing strategies they adopted and the decisions they made across their infrastructure to accelerate their development speed
    ♦ How they connected testing activities to the metrics that matter and drove business growth


    Ronald Cummings-John

  • 16:55 -

    Questions & discussions

  • 17:00 -

    Chair’s summing up

  • 17:05 -

    Close of conference & drinks reception.


Giovanni Asproni

Principal Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

Ian Bissett

Technical Director, Infuse

Ronald Cummings-John

Co-author, Global App Testing

Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited

Paul Gerrard

Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Tom Hoyland

Sky Betting and Gaming, Agile Delivery Lead

Greg Law

CTO, Undo

Mark Lines

Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

Robert Moore

Zuhlke Engineering Ltd

Ahmed Singer

Lead Solution Architect in Application Delivery Management, MicroFocus

James Walker

Director, Curiosity Software Ire

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