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.

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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 Agile, Testing and DevOps. We have listed some relevant topics in the “Background” section. These are suggestions only. Please suggest a topic that suits the day and your work.

We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

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

CODE OF CONDUCT & DIVERSITY...

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
  • Responding to change over following a plan…… have been achieved and helped establishing a faster and practical way of getting things
    done.

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 

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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