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 three 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 and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

With the uncertainty over the complete lifting of the lockdown, at UNICOM, we have devised a virtual event of the previously published conference and have spread out the programme over two days of around four hours each day. Please see the detailed programme.

Topics Covered

  • 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.

Testimonials:

  • Excellent Speakers! Dave Snowden
  • Excellent Speakers, Great Venue
  • Very relevant to my role. Very current challenges
  • Got to hear from some experts in Agile/DevOps/ Testing areas which is a value added to my existing role
  • Got to know lot of new things
  • Informative Sessions
  • Got some more insight of other’s opinions and views plus experiences. Also, taught me new things.
  • Some new information and knowledge
  • Great overview of shared challenges and obstacles.
  • Great Inputs regarding what is going on today in Test world.
  • Useful to hear similar / different experiences plus some ideas to help me resolve some issues
  • It has helped me to gather some useful insight into my questions surrounding DevOps and what it actually Is!
  • Round Table discussions

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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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PROGRAMME UNDER DEVELOPMENT

DAY ONE (3 DEC)
DAY TWO (4 DEC)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.

3 DEC: Conference Chair: TBC

SESSION I: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

09:30 UNICOM’s Introduction and Welcome

09:35 Conference Chair’s Scene Setting

09:40: TBC Read More
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10:00: Don’t believe the lies. Full Stack in-Sprint Automation in a pipeline is possible Read More
Craig Risi, QA Architect, Allan Gray

Craig Risi, QA Architect, Allan Gray

Steps to getting the automation you need to make your Agile/DevOps testing strategy work.
In this presentation I will showcase ideas and a proven framework on how you can take any team or product and work to achieving a testing framework and approach that allows for automation across every required frontend and backend layer, unit and end-to-end test in a way that can be completed within a sprint with as minimal tech debt and left backlog as possible. Often teams focus too much on different tools and automation frameworks to help them achieve this rather than looking holistically at “how” they are building their software and whether it is appropriately testable, addressing a team culture that enables quality ownership throughout and empowering your testers to operate at all levels across the stack so that they can test earlier and more effectively.
Learning Outcomes:
A set of ideas that can be taken back to teams that can help drive better software design, a more collaborative culture and the appropriate level of testing and automation at all levels.

10:20: SHORT DISCUSSION

10:25: Embedding a Shift Left Culture in your Enterprise Read More
Gerald Bachlmayr, Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

Gerald Bachlmayr, Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

Shift Left is an approach where testing is performed earlier in the lifecycle and enables faster release cycles. For larger enterprises this can be a big cultural change and upfront investment. In this talk we will explore how you can get business stakeholder buy-in and set up your team for success to gain a huge return on investment.

10:45: SHORT DISCUSSION

10:50: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING

11:15: TBC  Read More
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12:00 – 12:20: TBC
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12:20 – 13:00 BREAK AND EXHIBITORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

Session II: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

13:00: CASE STUDY: In 2020, are QA Teams Still Necessary? My Personal Journey Tells the Story Read More
Jon Szymanski, VP of QA, Beacon Street Services (BSS)

Jon Szymanski, VP of QA, Beacon Street Services (BSS)

In this presentation, I will discuss what it means to be on a QA Team and in a QA role, and the growth and transformation of testing over time as I weave history of the industry into my own personal journey over the past three decades. We will get to the answer of…is QA really necessary?

13:20: SHORT DISCUSSION

13:25: TBC Read More
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13:45: SHORT DISCUSSION

13:50: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING

14:10: TBC Read More
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14:30: SHORT DISCUSSION  

14:35: TBC
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15:00: END OF DAY ONE  

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST TIME. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.

4 DEC: Conference Chair: TBC

SESSION III: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

09:30: Conference Chair’s Scene Setting 

09:40: TBC Read More
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10:00: SHORT DISCUSSION

10:05: TBC Read More
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10:25: SHORT DISCUSSION

10:30: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING

10:50: TBC Read More
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11:10: SHORT DISCUSSION

11:15: TBC Read More
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11:35: SHORT DISCUSSION

11:40 TBC
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12:00 – 13:00 BREAK AND EXHIBITORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

Session IV: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

13:00: CASE STUDY: Getting to Continuous Testing Read More
Max Saperstone, VP of Testing Solutions, TestPros

Max Saperstone, VP of Testing Solutions, TestPros

Max will tell the story of how a healthcare company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases. Initially, as no test automation existed, Max was able to take a greenfield test automation opportunity, and in the span of 12 months, develop over 2000 test cases. A testing pipeline was created to verify the integrity of the automated test cases, and to build docker containers for simple execution of the tests. These containers could then be simply re-used by developers and the DevOps team to verify the application. Max will walk through the feedback loop created, which allowed verification of the application go from hours to minutes.

Additionally, Max will walk through his choices of using BDD tooling integrated with webdriver solutions, to verify the state of Web and Mobile application. He’ll also cover how these functional tests were utilized to assist with security and performance testing, and engage the entire QA team in test case generation.

13:20: SHORT DISCUSSION

13:25: TBC  Read More
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13:45: SHORT DISCUSSION

13:50: TBC  Read More
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14:10: END OF CONFERENCE  

Speakers

Gerald Bachlmayr

Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

Craig Risi

QA Architect, Allan Gray

Max Saperstone

VP of Testing Solutions, TestPros

Jon Szymanski

VP of QA, Beacon Street Services (BSS)

Previous programme

DAY ONE – 30 JULY
DAY TWO – 31 JULY
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.

30 July: Conference Chair: Giles Lindsay, Founder and CEO Agile Delta

SESSION I: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

09:30 UNICOM’s Introduction and Welcome

09:35 Conference Chair’s Scene Setting

09:40: KEYNOTE: Cracking the Case: How to Migrate from Monoliths to Microservices Read More
Andrew Chee, Senior Solutions Engineer, Lightstep

Andrew Chee, Senior Solutions Engineer, Lightstep

Microservices migrations can be a challenge. What’s the best approach to choosing your tech stack when splitting a monolith into a service-based architecture? What are the pros and cons of modern cloud infrastructure choices and reasons why you’d choose one over another? What monitoring solutions are available today and what are their strengths and weaknesses for maintaining, understanding and observing your new infrastructure?

Join this session to learn about:

  • The decision process of choosing cloud infrastructure to support service-based architectures
  • Examples of migrating pieces of monolithic functionality over to modern managed solutions
  • Pros and cons between observability tools and where they fit in a monolith to microservice migration

10:00: Sustainable Test Automation: From Garden to Ecosystem Read More
Anaïs van Asselt, Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

Anaïs van Asselt, Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

Organizations invest in test automation to keep up with the pace in an Agile and DevOps world. Little do they realize that constant care is required to keep their gardens of automated tests green. Weeding and cultivating is necessary to maintain the added value of test automation. Why is this gardening so hard? Is it just a garden or is it more than that? Might it be a whole ecosystem with aspects that impact the approach of test automation?

10:20: Short Discussion

10:25: Shift Right Testing – Digital Twin, Dark Canary & Contact Tracing Read More
Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured

Jonathon Wright, CTO and Co-Founder, Digital Assured

Shift Right testing means harnessing the power of analytics and autonomics to dynamically learn from the real world. Digital Experiences (DX) need to be extremely resilient in the face of unpredictable failure modes, work across a variety of endpoints, and process huge amounts of unstructured data. While continuous testing implementations help to address agility need, automation is typically driven by static rules using conventional scripting and orchestration techniques. Such techniques incur high maintenance overhead to keep updated relative to changing circumstances. The recent emergence of predictive analytics and cognitive engineering technologies (such as Dark Launching & Chaos Engineering) have opened the possibility to drive adaptive automation within testing to self-heal and self-configure based on changing situations in the real world.

10:50: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING

11:15: KEYNOTE: A touch of the wild: Avoid commodification returning to basics.  Read More
DAVE SNOWDEN, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

12:00 – 12:20: Discussion with questions from Sli.do.
Moderator: Jonathon Wright: Participants: Dave Snowden, Anaïs van Asselt

12:20 – 13:00 Break and EXHIBITORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

Session II: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

13:00: CASE STUDY: Industrial Age to Digital Age – How to Lead DevOps Transformation Read More
Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering, Amadeus; Vikalp Kumar, Manager Development, Amadeus Labs

Arun Narayanaswamy, Director Engineering, Amadeus; Vikalp Kumar, Manager Development, Ama-deus Labs

This session will tell the story of how to transform from Legacy to Cloud, Waterfall to Agile, Ops to DevOps and what changes / pivots were need to enable digital transformation on an enterprise scale; from digitising, automating and cultural changes and how we deliver seamlessly to our users. We will describe how we formed new teams and capabilities, drove a new culture and established new ways of working and turned around a series of broken and disjointed initiatives, sharing the lessons we have learned and the challenges faced form driving digital transformation in one of the worlds leading travel company.

13:20: Short Discussion 

13:25: SCRUM AND WHY IT IS APPLICABLE BROADER THAN JUST IT Read More
Steven Deneir, Professional Scrum Trainer & Professional Scrum Master III, Co-Learning

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

Scrum, a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Even though nowhere it mentions IT, most people relate it just to software development. Because of its origin.

Let’s discover how way broader the applicability is of this lightweight yet very powerful framework.

13:45: Short Discussion

13:50: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING  

14:10: Essential frameworks for Agile & DevOps Maturity  Read More
Dr. Shankar Ramamoorthy, Head of Industry Interface, CMR Institute of Technology

Dr. Shankar Ramamoorthy, Head of Industry Interface, CMR Institute of Technology, India

Navratna ( 9 jewels ) of Agile Framework is first of its kind to assess organizations on Agile Maturity as there is no assessment framework like ISO/CMMI to assess Agile in the market. Dr Ramamoorthy will attempt to create process areas at five levels of Maturity. This model will be key in arriving at Agile Testing Maturity for organizations.

Ashta Pradhan( 8 Ministers)* of Devops Framework is first of its kind to asses Organization for DevOps Maturity as there is no current assessment framework like ISO/CMMI in the market. The author attempts to create Eight C s to assess organizations using score cards for self assessment.

[*Ashta Pradhan – Wikipedia: Ashta Pradhan (literally, Modern council of ministers) was a system of ministerial delegation in Maratha empire. The council is credited with having implemented good governance practices in the Maratha heartland, as well as for the success of the military campaigns against the Mughal Empire.]

14:30: Short Discussion  

14:35: Discussion with questions from Sli.do.
Moderator: Jonathon Wright: Participants: Arun Narayanaswamy, Vikalp Kumar, Shankar Ramamoorthy, Steven Deneir;

15:00: END OF DAY ONE 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST TIME. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.

31 July: Conference Chair: Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

SESSION III: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

09:30: Conference Chair’s Scene Setting 

09:40: Living Documentation – the pot of gold at the end of the BDD rainbow  Read More
Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Living Documentation is documentation that automatically notifies the team when it’s out-of-date or incorrect. And it comes for free when you follow the Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) approach.

In this session we’ll explore what BDD is, the complementary relationship between BDD and Test Automation, and why every team should aspire to having Living Documentation.

Disclaimer – no pixies, faeries, elves, or unicorns were used in the making of this presentation.

10:00: Short Discussion

10:05: DevSecOps Read More
Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Chief Technology Officer, Indium

Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Chief Technology Officer, Indium

More & more applications are developed & deployed on the ‘Cloud’. Governance & compliance are getting tougher to meet as data privacy is one of the biggest concerns to customers world-wide. Vulnerabilities in applications have much bigger ramifications than ever before. Shift-left approach for Security is an ideal scenario to unearth any vulnerabilities early in the development cycle. Are you developing a secure application, is a more important question today than ever before!

The presentation will detail the aspects on how to build a secure product right from the beginning — Process, Governance & Tools. DevOps have automated several tasks and with Security into the gambit, DevSecOps is a good model for everyone to adopt.

10:25: Short Discussion

10:30: BREAK AND SPONSORS’ EXHIBITION VIEWING

10:50: Leadership in Testing – the New Skills imperative Read More
Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting

11:10: Short Discussion

11:15: Integrating UX with DevOps Read More
Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

Iwona Winiarska, Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

Identifying your users and user needs is crucial for any product or solution development.
It’s particularly important for DevOps teams to understand who their users are and what value the teams are trying to deliver to meet their user needs. This talk delves into a concept of User Experience (UX) and how it can be applied within the Agile and DevOps environment. You’ll also learn a few useful techniques that will help you focus on your users and customers when delivering innovative DevOps solutions and transformations.

11:35: Short Discussion

11:40 Discussion with questions from Sli.do
Moderator: Seb Rose. Participants: Ramesh Krishnamurthy; Paul Gerrard, Iwona Winarska

12:00 – 13:00 Break and EXHIBITORS’ BOOTH VIEWING

Session IV: (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMES STATED IN THE PROGRAMME ARE IN BST. ADD AN HOUR FOR CEST AND FOUR & HALF HOURS FOR IST.)

13:00: Closing the entrepreneurial gap – bridging the worlds of risk-taking and operationalism in large organisations Read More
DEAN LATCHANA, Consultant and Coach

Dean Latchana, Consultant and Coach

13:20: Short Discussion

13:25: DEVOPS IS ABOUT CULTURAL CHANGE…WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?  Read More
Guillermo Martinez, Head of DevOps, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

Guillermo Martinez, Head of DevOps, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

We often hear DevOps is all about culture and mentality change, but it’s hard to explain what this change means. During this presentation we will go through common DevOps activities and explain how they relate to a change in the mentality.

13:45: Short Discussion

13:50: CoE Maturity Self Assessment  Read More
Jorge Luis Castro Toribio, DevOps Program manager, Test Manager and Agile Coach, Everis

Jorge Luis Castro Toribio, DevOps Program manager, Test Manager and Agile Coach, Everis

Helping CoEs towards getting its goals and better return on investment through ingredients and examples about making a maturity self assessment. A CoE helps to optimize the organization or practice by centralizing resources with high-demand and unique knowledge or skills and streamlining their contributions across a wide range of areas and improve ROI through the identification and development of reusable assets

14:10: END OF CONFERENCE 

PAST SPEAKERS

Anaïs van Asselt

Test Automation Engineer, deTesters

Andrew Chee

Senior Solutions Engineer, Lightstep

Steven Deneir

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

PAUL GERRARD

Principal, Gerrard Consulting

Ramesh Krishnamurthy

Chief Technology Officer, Indium, India

Vikalp kumar

Manager Development, Amadeus Labs

DEAN LATCHANA

Consultant and Coach
Giles Lindsay

Giles Lindsay

Founder and CEO, Agile Delta

Guillermo Martinez

Head of DevOps, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

Arun Narayanaswamy

Director Engineering, Amadeus

Dr. Shankar Ramamoorthy

Head of Industry Interface, CMR Institute of Technology, India

Seb Rose

BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Dave Snowden

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Jorge Luis Castro Toribio

DevOps Program manager, Test Manager and Agile Coach, Everis, Peru

Iwona Winiarska

Agile Delivery Manager, Automation Logic

Jonathon Wright

CTO and Co-founder, Digital Assured

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