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.

The Round Table 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.

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PROGRAMME

08:30 - 09:10: Registration and coffee

09:10 - 09:15: UNICOM’s Welcome

Joint Session - Track Chair: Alec McCutcheon, UNICOM Seminars

09:15 - 10:00: KEYNOTE: A TOUCH OF THE WILD: AVOID COMMODIFICATION RETURNING TO BASICS  - Read More
DAVE SNOWDEN, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, COGNITIVE EDGE

10:00 - 10:15: Introduction to Sponsors and Supporting Bodies

10:15 - 10:40: Agile and DevOps – should I still have a centralised function? - Read More
Gary Moore, Vice-President, Sogeti, Part of Capgemini

Gary Moore, Vice-President, Sogeti, Part of Capgemini

Thoughts about the best approach to QA/Test management over the last 20 years keep changing from a de-centralised model to one that is centralised. Automation has been a key part of the strategy over this time but it appears that the promised benefits have still not always been delivered. The adoption of Agile and Dev-Ops has posed further challenges.

Taking on board a combination of what history has taught us, inputs from the 2019 World Quality Report and Sogeti’s experience in the market, Gary will provide his view of how organisations should organise their QA function in a way that maximises business value and efficiency within the delivery lifecycle.

10:40 - 11:05: Four core elements to create flawless customer experiences - Read More
Laszlo Simity, Director Technical Services, Sauce Labs

Laszlo Simity, Director Technical Services, Sauce Labs

79% of users will retry an app only once if it doesn’t work the first time. As apps have become the primary mode of interaction with customers for many businesses, creating flawless customer experiences has never been more critical – or difficult. In this talk, we explore the 4 core elements that are required to achieve these flawless experiences, and discuss how continuous testing lies at the heart of addressing these challenges.

11:05 - 11:35: Coffee & Tea break

11:35 - 12:05: Keynote: We're Agile! What could possibly go wrong? - Read More
Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Seb Rose, BDD Advocate, SmartBear

Agile methodologies are everywhere. From the hippest start-up to the oldest leviathan, most software development is now done under the agile banner. But there are significant challenges. Whether it’s the delay of big design upfront, waste due to rework in development, inability to respond effectively to changing business needs, or the excessive cost of testing and maintenance, we’ve all seen the problems that can beset organisation as they adopt an agile way of working.
In this session we’ll examine the most common challenges, describe what’s missing from off-the-shelf agilemethods, and propose a unified approach to delivering the value that we’re after.

12:05 - 12:25: Agile Testing - A Quality Culture in the Company's Core Business - Read More
Walmyr Filho, Senior Software Engineer in Test, Gitlab

Walmyr Filho, Senior Software Engineer in Test, Gitlab

In this talk, I’ll present how to think about software testing with an agile mindset.

12:25 - 13:00: Round Table - Read More

Table 1: Where do you draw the line with your development teams, as to which skills they are expected to know and which they aren’t?
Sarah Saunders, Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

Table 2: DASA DevOps Competence Model
Darryl Sherborne, Managing Director, Kaizenjoy & DASA Partner

Table 3: Can your testing strategy change your customers digital experience? Let’s discuss!
Laszlo Simity, Director Technical Services, Sauce Labs

Table 4: The Tension Between Test Automation and The Need for Manual Testers
Seb Rose, Smartbear

Table 5: Is End to End Testing required in a DevOps World?
Rochus Gorkink, Sogeti

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

DEVOPS & AGILE TRACK
TESTING TRACK

TRACK CHAIR: Chanakya Mitra, UNICOM Seminars 

14:00 – 14:30: Build Apps, Not PlatformsRead More
Sarah Saunders, Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

Sarah Saunders, Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

DevOps is not a separate discipline in itself, it is more a recognition of the gap between the drivers of operations divisions (stability) and development divisions (change), and an understanding that automation and architecting for support can bridge that gap. The skill sets of operations divisions (Networking, file systems, OS, memory/CPU allocations, kernels) are a dark art to most developers. This fear of the unknown can lead to budgets ballooning as worried technical leads allocate large amounts of work to “Platform Engineering”, without really understanding what that might be.

I propose that in an age of Cloud Native development, all platform engineering should be delegated to the cloud. We at Capgemini Engineering build Docker containers – our developers must know how to package their applications into containers for testing and deployment. The build pipeline and cloud deployment environments are automated using Terraform, Helm, flux, concourse so reading the config scripts for these technologies is also a dev requirement. But configuring Kubernetes? That’s another skill set!

14:30 – 15:00: AGILE GOVERNANCE AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Read More
Kev Murray, Regional Director, Zuhlke

Kev Murray, Regional Director, Zuhlke

Agile Governance is an open and tailored environment of trust and support to ensure teams can succeed.
Continuous improvement needs continuous and unobtrusive governance that is shaped and evolved by the teams, not inflicted upon them.
This session looks at governance anti-patterns, then provides positive and practical examples of Agile Governance methodology.

15:00 – 15:20: Coffee 

15:20 – 15:50: THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF DEVOPS COACHING IN ENTERPRISE DEVOPS TRANSFORMATIONS Read More
Darryl Sherborne, Managing Director, Kaizenjoy & DASA Partner

Darryl Sherborne, Managing Director, Kaizenjoy & DASA Partner

This session will explore why organisations are now investing in DevOps Coaches as a logical extension to the Agile Coach role, seen as pivotal to success in new ways of working transformations. We’ll answer the question “What skillset is required to develop DevOps Coaching capabilities in your organisation?”

15:50 – 16:20: SCRUM IS NOT FOR EVERYONE Read More
Moisés Armani Ramirez, Senior QA Analyst & Scrum Master, FlexTrade

Moisés Armani Ramirez, Senior QA Analyst & Scrum Master, FlexTrade

The Scrum Guide states at the very first paragraph:
“Scrum is a framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products”.
This means that Scrum can be used in any industry and business including software, hardware, government and marketing. However, not everyone is ready for using this framework.
This talk is not to teach about Scrum, but to share how I believe that Scrum should not be used.

16:20 – 16:50: CASE STUDY: DO WE REALLY NEED A TEAM COACH? Read More
Pete George, Scrum Master, Malvern Panalytical

Pete George, Scrum Master, Malvern Panalytical

Malvern Panalytical are a world leading supplier of analytical instrumentation, with software delivery teams in the UK, The Netherlands, Portugal and North America. They have a great deal of experience with Lean & Agile principles & practices, including in-house consultancy. However, in 2019, they decided to appoint Pete George as a dedicated Scrum Master, to explore the benefit of having a coach working as part of the delivery team. This presentation describes the results, so far, and highlights some of the benefits of an embedded team coach/Scrum Master more generally.

16:50: Drinks reception 

TRACK CHAIR: Alec McCutcheon, UNICOM Seminars 

14:00 – 14:30: CONTINUOUS DELIVERY AND SDETS. WHY SDETS DON’T TEST…. Read More
John Reber, Programme Test Manager, Agiltima

John Reber, Programme Test Manager, Agiltima

There is a perception that SDETs are required to meet the demands of modern agile delivery approaches A recent case study of a government digital transformation programme found that the approach to testing in a CD environment needs to change, but we don’t yet have the right balance of technical and creative testing.

14:30 – 15:00: Future skills of software testers  Read More
Paul Gerrad, Principal, Gerrad Consulting

Paul Gerrad, Principal, Gerrad Consulting

How do you build a tester skills program that matches the requirements of industry? Paul is helping a consortium of software companies to build a tester skills programme designed to meet the current and future needs of their testing community. The Tester Skills Program encourages and helps testers to think for themselves.

15:00 – 15:20: Coffee 

15:20 – 15:50: SUPER COMPUTERS, MISSILE DESTROYERS AND CHERNOBYL, HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY IS CRUCIAL FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY TEAMSRead More
Tom Geraghty, Head of Technology, MoreNiche

Tom Geraghty, Head of Technology, MoreNiche

Safety isn’t just necessary in order to prevent disasters, it’s also crucial to building and maintaining high performance teams and organisations.

Building high performing software requires high performing teams, in which team members need to feel able to express their creativity, talents and skills without self-censoring, self-silencing, or fear of failure. In this talk, Tom introduces the latest research in high performance technology teams, and provides actionable concepts to help you build and elevate your team.

15:50 – 16:20: Developers and Testers, more than the sum of the partsRead More
Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited.

Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited.

16:20 – 16:50: Testing Skills Required in the Cyber-Digital eraRead More
Vinay Gulati, Advisor and Mentor

Vinay Gulati, Advisor and Mentor

16:50: Drinks reception 

Speakers

Walmyr Filho

Senior Software Engineer in Test, Gitlab

Steve Freeman

Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited.

Pete George

Scrum Master, Malvern Panalytical

Tom Geraghty

Head of Technology, MoreNiche

Paul Gerrard

Principal, Gerrad Consulting

Vinay Gulati

Advisor and Mentor

Moisés Armani Ramirez

Senior QA Analyst & Scrum Master, FlexTrade

Sarah Saunders

Managing Software Engineer, Capgemini

Laszlo Simity

Director Technical Services, Sauce Labs

Gary Moore

Vice-President, Sogeti, Part of Capgemini

Kev Murray

Regional Director, Zuhlke

John Reber

Programme Test Manager, Agiltima

Seb Rose

Bdd Advocate, SmartBear

DARRYL SHERBORNE

Managing Director, Kaizenjoy & DASA Partner

Dave Snowden

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

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