BACKGROUND

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 onsignificant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

The expert practitioners and thought leaders over these 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; you can put your questions directly through Slido to the presenters and panellists . This coupled with networking on online discussion groups has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the conference. There is an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors within the areas on Software Testing, Automation, Quality Assurance, various aspects of Agile and DevOps.

THE FORMAT OF THE PROGRAMME:

Throughout these two 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 40 minutes.

If you would like to join the discussion, please complete the Response Form.

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 Agile, Testing & DevOps Discussion group.

TOPICS TO BE 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

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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 their vision in the field of AI, Machine Learning, Sentiment Analysis.

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

PROGRAMME

This event is mainly focused on participants from SE-Asia and India; hence the Start and End Times have been chosen for the convnience of participants from these Time Zones
START TIME: [IST 07:30] = [SGT 10:00] = [AEDT 13:00]
END TIME : [IST 12:25] = [SGT 14:55] = [AEDT 17:55]
DAY ONE (3 DEC)
DAY TWO (4 DEC)

3 DEC: Conference Chair: UNICOM

[07:30 IST]   UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

[07:35 IST]  CONFERENCE CHAIR’S SCENE SETTING

[07:45 IST]   KEYNOTE: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INTERDISCIPLINARY  Read More
DAVE SNOWDEN, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, COGNITIVE EDGE

DAVE SNOWDEN, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, COGNITIVE EDGE

[08:30 IST]   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)

[08:50 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[08:55 IST]  EMBEDDING A SHIFT LEFT CULTURE IN YOUR ENTERPRISE Read More
Gerald Bachlmayr, Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

Gerald Bachlmayr, Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

The Shift Lift scope has broadened during the Age of the Customer. As well as testing it brings other activities forward in the software development lifecycle to enable faster release cycles. For larger enterprises this can be a big cultural challenge. In this talk we will explore the new Shift Left and how you can get business stakeholder buy-in to set up your team for success and gain a huge return on the upfront investment.

[09:00 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[09:05 IST]  BREAK

[09:25 IST]   DESIGN THINKING FOR NON-DESIGNERS Read More
Lital Sherman, Head of Experience Design, PageUp

Lital Sherman, Head of Experience Design, PageUp

Design Thinking is a human-centric approach for creative problem solving while putting humans at the centre. It encourages organisations to focus on the people they’re creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes.

So, if Design Thinking is so powerful, why do only designers use it in so many organisations? Shouldn’t leaders in other parts of our businesses adopt this method to improve their team’s results and culture?

In my talk, I would argue that Design Thinking is NOT a designers only tool, it should not be owned by the design team, as every single one of us can benefit from using this approach. It allows non-designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges in a creative and innovative way. I will share my story and my experience as the Head of Design at PageUp going through the challenge of implementing a human-centric approach across the organisation; the successes, the failures and most importantly, the learnings.

[09:45 IST]   DISCUSSION And Q&A

[10:00 IST]   Learning Fast and Small for Agility with PROBES Read More
Deepti Jain, Community Outreach India, Program Director, Agile Alliance

Deepti Jain, Community Outreach India, Program Director, Agile Alliance

Agility requires experimenting continuously in order to Inspect & Adapt continuously and to Learn continuously. So, it’s not just failing fast, but learning fast. In this talk, which is based on the concept of ‘Probes’ from BOSSA nova, we will learn what learning fast means for every individual and the organization as a whole.

By definition, Probes are small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection via per-learning on the current situation as well as on theory. This is such a great tool not just for Agility enablers but for anyone who wants to bring in change. They can design their own safe-to-fail experiments considering all aspects, and not just but also get validation from peers, users, and approvers of the experiment.

We will learn to define experiments that you can use in your company for bringing agility. This will allow you to create an environment for continuous innovations, an environment where everyone is enrolled which will further create a win-win for everyone.

[10:20 IST]   DISCUSSION And Q&A

[10:25 IST]   BREAK

[10:45 IST]   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.

[11:05 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[11:10 IST]   New Ways of Working Read More
David Fuller, Board Member, ANZTB

David Fuller, Board Member, ANZTB

There are so many opportunities for us to develop ourselves, improve the way we ensure Quality and how we deliver (earlier) value to our Customers. In this talk I will look at what these opportunities are and how we can achieve higher quality, deliver quicker and improve our skill sets. But it’s not just about ourselves, we can also influence change within our organisations and improve the relationships we have with our Clients & Suppliers. I will discuss the challenges and successes we have observed, levering Agile & DevOps practices, so we can improve our effectiveness.

[11:30 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[11:35 – 12:15 IST]  Panel Discussion With The Speakers Of The Day

[12:15 IST]   END OF DAY ONE  

4 DEC: Conference Chair: UNICOM

[07:30 IST] UNICOM’S INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

[07:40 IST] 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.

[08:00 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[08:05 IST] CASE STUDY: GETTING TO CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENTRead More
Ashwin Gupta, Principal Engineer (Cloud Engineering – DevOps and AppDev), Fidelity International Ltd.

Ashwin Gupta, Principal Engineer (Cloud Engineering – DevOps and AppDev), Fidelity International Ltd.

Ashwin will share his experience and the key ingredients applied in achieving the goal of continuous deployment to production. This is easier said than done, especially in an enterprise of financial industry.

He will talk how did they manage to achieve zero-touch progressive releases for their product, empowering their business with agility of such degree that, any releases in live production system can be made at any time throughout the business days. On an average 200 production releases every month testifies their success.

[08:25 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[08:30 IST] KEYNOTE: THE STATE OF TOOLING Read More
JONATHON WRIGHT, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, DIGITAL ASSURED

Jonathon Wright, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Assured

Next generation tools unlock the power of analytics and autonomics for continuous delivery. While automation solutions within current testing implementations help to address agility need, such 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 cognitive engineering technologies (such as autonomics) has evolved the ‘State of Tooling’ introducing the possibility to drive adaptive automation within testing implementations. Such automation can self-heal and self-configure based on changing situations. In this session, Jonathon will present how next generation data engineering and autonomics technologies can be leveraged to power the next generation of cognitive testing implementations, and how they can support the needs of your organisation.

State of Tooling’ Report 2020 findings:

– The introduction of valid use cases for Artificial Intelligence (A.I) tool capabilities.

– The shift towards Shifting Right, over Shifting Left.

[09:00 IST]  BREAK

[09:20 IST] IS YOUR AUTOMATION ACTUALLY TELLING YOU WHAT’S WRONG? Read More
Mike Talks, TEST MANAGER

Mike Talks, TEST MANAGER

If you have an automation suite, chances are your team is looking at it regularly, and seeing a lot of green ticks each time you come in. But what happens when you start to see red? How easy is it to dig into the problems that lie beneath? In this session, Mike Talks will take a look through some examples to explore how to avoid some basic mistakes, and how to make your tests more readable and analytical.

[09:40 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[09:45 IST] Five Behavioural Hacks to Increase Your Agile Coaching Response Read More
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

[10:05 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[10:10 IST] Revolutionizing Software Testing with A.I Software Robots Read More
Christopher Lim, Founder / CEO, Glee Trees Pte Ltd

Christopher Lim, Founder / CEO, Glee Trees Pte Ltd

Aside from its high importance, testing software if done manually can be time-consuming. Cognitive automationarises to overcome common challenges in testing software. This automation involves various types of artificial intelligence : computer vision, structured data machine learning, and natural language processing. These A.I can be used to improve and enhance software testing.

[10:30 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[10:35 IST]  BREAK

[10:55 IST] Everything’s Relative (A fresh look at agile estimation)Read More
Stuart Mann, Enterprise Agile Coach, Standard Bank

Stuart Mann, Enterprise Agile Coach, Standard Bank

A fresh and fun look at agile estimation covering how our brains work when estimating, how risk influences size, how to ensure that estimation adds value and why humans are much better at relative than absolute estimates.

[11:15 IST]  DISCUSSION And Q&A

[11:20 IST]   Panel Discussion With The Speakers Of The Day

[12:00 IST]   END OF DAY TWO  

Speakers

Gerald Bachlmayr

Technical Principal Consultant, Contino

David Fuller

Board Member, ANZTB

Ashwin Gupta

Principal Engineer (Cloud Engineering – DevOps and AppDev), Fidelity International Ltd.

Deepti Jain

Community Outreach India, Program Director, Agile Alliance

Christopher Lim

Founder / CEO, Glee Trees Pte Ltd

Stuart Mann

Enterprise Agile Coach, Standard Bank

Niall Mcshane

Agile Coach / Community Host, Independent consultant

Craig Risi

QA Architect, Allan Gray

Max Saperstone

VP of Testing Solutions, TestPros

Lital Sherman

Head of Experience Design, PageUp

DAVE SNOWDEN

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Jon Szymanski

VP of QA, Beacon Street Services (BSS)

Mike Talks

Test Manager

‪JONATHON WRIGHT

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Assured

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