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.

KEYNOTE: Augmentation or replacement? Analytics, Identity and Judgement in a complex world. - Read More

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

The Impact on Testing Strategies of the Increasing Adoption of DevOps - Read More

Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

Many organisations have been changing the architecture of their products to break down monolithic applications into smaller componentised features such as micro-services. To support this approach, they are also adopting DevOps patterns and tools which automate the integration, testing and delivery of these new components. The increased frequency of deployments of these new services means that many test teams are having to reexamine their test strategies to adapt to the increased throughput of features as well as develop new skills to perform automated testing. In addition, it does not make business sense to change all business applications to micro-services so test teams still need integration environments where both fast moving components as well as slower moving monolithic applications are deployed. Using examples from real life projects, this presentation discusses how testing strategies need to adapt to the adoption of DevOps and the move towards continuous delivery.

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.

Case study: Complex and old legacy system in a modern CI/CD-pipeline. Is that possible? - Read More

JOHAN BEIJAR, Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant

JOHAN BEIJAR, Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant

How do you take a 30 year old system from an traditional waterfall development process and release schedule with four major releases every year to a modern CI/CD pipeline with main releases every third week and drops into production every week?

This talk will give you an overview of a journey with an very old system together with a rigid and large organisation. The mission was to change the way of working, introduce new tools and change the release schedule at the same time as serving a global multibillion company and 70000+ users with new features and 99.x% availability.

Is that possible and how is it possible?

We will have a look at what is required to make these kind of changes in terms of tools/technology, way of working and internal capabilities.

CASE STUDY: High Quality Software: Continuous Development - Read More

Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey

Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey

The world of software development continues to evolve day by day. This situation also rapidly increases the importance given to software testing especially test automation in order to produce better quality software products.

In this session, I will give some basic hints and share my experiences to create better test automation projects. Then i will talk about continuous development and pipelines to use automated system more efficiently.

CASE STUDY: Measuring Success on DevOps Adoption at Shell - Read More

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

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

Researches inform that more than 70% DevOps transformation fails. We learn from experience how to be part of this 30% of succeeded transformations. With the right combination of technology, customer-centric approach, and data insights, we are being able to be in this limited group of successful DevOps adopters.

The garden of sustainable test automation: keep it green! - 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/DevOps world. Little do they realize that their garden with automated tests requires care to maintain the added value of test automation. This talk covers (war) stories of the field, where weeding and cultivating was necessary to keep the garden of sustainable test automation green.


Anaïs van Asselt

Test Automation Engineer, DeTesters

Johan Beijar

Entrepreneur and Independent Consultant

Burak Ergören

Test Automation Engineer,, Turkey

Uldis Karlovs-Karlovskis

DevOps Lead, Accenture, Latvia

Guillermo Martinez

Head of DevOps, Accenture’s Liquid Studio NL

Michael Nir

President, Sapir Consulting US

Dave Snowden

Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge


Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP


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