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.

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.

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Keynote: My Quest for Business Agility – the good bad and ugly of lean agile and DevOps transformations - Read More

Michael Nir, President, Sapir Consulting US

Michael Nir, President, Sapir Consulting US

Are you stuck in an agile transformation?

Are you chasing team velocity without seeing any business impact?

Do you manage an 18-month long roadmap, committing to 25 OKRs and shoving new features down the throat of your customers?

Maybe it is time to rethink your approach!

It has taken me over a decade, to make the transition from improving manufacturing environments with Lean, to conceptualizing agility within software and hardware organizations.

Asking the hard questions required to create quality software, faster, often rubs people the wrong way…. but without those questions you’ll keep hiring scrum masters who end up being JIRA admins and going through agile motions without winning the true benefits of lean agile and DevOps – necessary to drive business agility.

In an age of disruption – the balanced mix of agile, lean, design thinking, lean start up, lean UX, OKRs and DevOps injected to high performing teams is crucial to business agility.

We discuss the essentials of successful change initiatives:

  • Digital transformation must be simple – Team agility without technical practices and continuous integration is wasted effort;
  • Scaling agility is counterproductive when the culture of team empowerment is not retained and focus on fast iterative feedback is missing;
  • Value stream mapping of your deployment pipeline without a plan for Toyota Kata of continuous improvement is just another one-off workshop; Success hinges on soak-ability!

Allow me to share Anchors of Simplicity, Mainstays of Scalability, Tell-tale Signs of Soakability, a journey across continents, numerous clients and many industries on a quest for business agility.

EXTENDED BRIEFING: Testing a Cloud-Based Open IoT OS. - Read More

Mesut Durukal, QA & Test Automation Manager, Siemens, Turkey.

Mesut Durukal, QA & Test Automation Manager, Siemens, Turkey.

This talk is about how a Cloud-Based Microservices architecture system is tested. The experiences, lessons learnt, and best practices gained during testing MindSphere, the Open IoT OS of Siemens, are shared. In short; this is the story of automation journey, which is started with a motto: “We are all in the same boat”. The goal is to make insights of a good test management process and best practices.

The context consists of:

  • Experiences from long term application of test automation such as
    • Best practices related to architecture and design of test automation software
    • Standardization efforts related to advanced test automation (such as test methodologies, test management and standardized test specification)
  • Experiences and pitfalls in creating sustainable test automation solutions
    • Documenting, managing and maintaining assets produced by automated testing
  • Experiences of advanced automated techniques for
    • Cloud technologies, APIs, and micro services
    • Testing characteristics such as usability, security, robustness, performance and maintainability
    • Testing for software quality & reliability improvements
  • Experiences from applying advanced automated testing techniques in
    • Continuous integration, agile environments and DevOps
    • Test logging and test debugging

Silos are good! – DevOps silos. - Read More

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, DevOps Lead, Accenture, Latvia

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis, DevOps Lead, Accenture, Latvia

The alternative name of this talk could be “What they don’t teach Architects at school”. In my talk, I’ll come back to the very old and well known Conway’s Law. Hopefully, I’ll give you a bit deeper insights on why it’s so relevant nowadays and why we should keep it in mind when designing IT systems for organizations. This talk is somewhat a summary of what I have been evangelizing over the last 10 years at different meetups and conferences. As very typical to me, I’ll also touch topics about culture and human behavior. After this talk, hopefully, you’ll be able to design better long-living, self-sustainable, agile and continuous architectures.


Mesut Durukal

QA & Test Automation Manager at Siemens, Turkey

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

DevOps Lead, Accenture, Latvia

Michael Nir

President, Sapir Consulting US


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