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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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.


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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.



08:15: Registration and coffee

Joint Morning SessionRead More
Conference Chair: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps IHCM, ADP



09:00: My Quest for Business Agility – The Good Bad and Ugly Of Lean Agile and DevOps TransformationsRead More
Michael Nir, President, Sapir Consulting

Michael Nir, President, Sapir Consulting

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.

09:40: Questions & discussions

09:45: 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

10:25: Questions & discussions

10:30: Introduction to Sponsoring and Supporting Bodies

10:40: Tea/ Coffee Break

11:10: The Impact on Testing Strategies of The Increasing Adoption of DevOpsRead 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.

11:35: Questions & discussions

11:40: Is Quality Engineering the Future of Testing?  Read More
Inder Singh, Portfolio Test Manager, Royal Mail Group

Inder Singh, Portfolio Test Manager, Royal Mail Group

Testing has evolved from being shoved at the end of a development lifecycle to being recognised as a distinct value add activity.

Quality Engineering is the next logical step in the move towards a holistic view on quality, as we aim to shift left and embed it into the fabric of a customer focussed organisation.

12:00: Questions & discussions

12:05: Whose vulnerability is it anyway? Read More
Rhys Arkins, Director of Product Management, WhiteSource

Rhys Arkins, Director of Product Management, WhiteSource

In the age of DevOps, DevSecOps, and increasingly continuous delivery, who should “own” vulnerabilities in a development organization? We explore the concepts of “shift left”, agile delivery and whether vulnerability ownership needs a rethink, including what tools should be made available to teams to deliver on their responsibilities.

12:20: Questions & discussions

12:25: TAST – Test Automation from an End User (Operation) perspective.  Read More
Inmaculada Alarcón Torres, Senior Manager, TAST Product Owner, SIPSA

Inmaculada Alarcón Torres, Senior Manager, TAST Product Owner, SIPSA

TAST a solution for the end to end test automation in the DevOps world. Moving the end user into the DevOps chain.

Nowadays, the test automation is a must for doing DevOps as the test automation brings the required agility to ensure the Quality into the delivery chain. But, which is the most efficience way to achive the real DevOps in terms of testing? To bring the End User into the process, by allowing them to automate the end to end acceptance test cases since the begining and distribute it into the development team to drive the rest of automatic testing activities.

12:40: Questions & discussions

12:45: LUNCH

13:45: ROUND TABLERead More

Testing in a dual IT world – assurance where we BUY, engineering where we BUILD
Inder Singh, Portfolio Test Manager, Royal Mail Group

Quality Engineering – Testing & quality in modern times
Huib Schoots, De Agile Testers

How Do You Know What You Don’t Know? A Key Question DASA’s Competence Model Solves for Your High Performing DevOps Team
Sam Rosbergen,Certified DASA DevOps Fundamentals and Coach trainer. Working at Brunel on assignment at ABN-AMRO as Run Manager CISO.



Track Chair: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps IHCM, ADP

14:30: 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.

14:50: Questions & discussions

14:55: How (Great) Devops Coaches Have Become Critical For Enterprise PerformanceRead More
Dimitri Van Den Broek, Founding Member & Chief Evangelist – Dasa (Devops Agile Skills Association)

Dimitri Van Den Broek, Founding Member & Chief Evangelist – Dasa (Devops Agile Skills Association)

The DevOps Coach has become a critical role in driving DevOps success, and company performance as DevOps requires a cultural shift towards a new mindset, behaviors, and ways of working.

DevOps Coaches comprehend the essence of DevOps and are equipped to realize its true value. It’s about enabling organizations to successfully adopt DevOps & navigate DevOps adoption challenges and being able to apply various coaching models and understand the specifics of the DevOps organization and its people.

DevOps Coaches are familiar with the DNA of the Agile Team, DevOps Platform Team, DevOps Business Service Team Service Desk, etc. and have been trained to coach on DevOps Culture with Speed, Quality, Automation, Collaboration, Courage, Continuous Improvement and a safe environment that fosters experimentation.

Organizations are struggling with recruiting DevOps Coaches and DevOps Leaders with the right skills.

What is the business scope of the DASA DevOps Coach and what skill set is required to become a DevOps Coach? How can you become a coach and develop DevOps Coach Capabilities in your organization? Why are organizations investing in DevOps Coaches as a logical extension to the valuable Agile Coach who is omnipresent in today’s business world?

15:15: Questions & discussions

15:20: 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% 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.

15:40: Questions & discussions


16:05: 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.

16:25: Questions & discussions

16:30: Heart Of Agile, A Compass For CollaborationRead More
Soledad Pinter, Managing Director, Heart Of Agile Europe

Soledad Pinter, Managing Director, Heart Of Agile Europe

Today we face challenges beyond agility, down to teamwork core values, affecting effectiveness and results.

Let’s walk through these challenges using Heart of Agile as a compass. With Just the 4 words and 3 enablers with people at the center, we will start together this journey of actions and ideas to inspire you to start one small improvement tomorrow.

16:50: Questions & discussions

16:55: Scaling a conventional CI infrastructure in the Public CloudRead More
Mikhail Advani, Devops Architect, Leapest by EdCast

Mikhail Advani, Devops Architect, Leapest by EdCast

One area that is not highlighted enough in cloud native architectures is that of CI. In this talk I would like to showcase how we managed to run our Jenkins setup in a scalable and secure manner on Kubernetes in AWS with 100% automation

17:10: Questions & discussions



Track Chair:

14:30: CASE STUDY: High Quality Software: Continuous Development  Read More
Burak Ergören, Senior Test Automation Engineer, Sahibinden.Com

Burak Ergören, Senior Test Automation Engineer, Sahibinden.Com

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.

14:50: Questions & discussions

14:55: 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.

15:15: Questions & discussions

15:20: Embracing Open Source Testing And Scaling It For The EnterpriseRead More
Sharon Abarbanel, Principal Product Manager, Broadcom

Sharon Abarbanel, Principal Product Manager, Broadcom

This talk will cover:

Shifting Your Mentality Left: Making Testing Everyone’s Job

The transition from legacy testing solutions to embracing open source

Issues with open source testing that can cause problems for enterprises

Successfully Implementing Open Source Based Testing, and Scaling it for Enterprise Needs.

15:40: Questions & discussions


16:05: Testing In Modern Times: A Story About Quality And Value Read More
HuibSchoots, De Agile Testers

HuibSchoots, De Agile Testers

In agile and especially DevOps approaches the motto is: automated everything! Companies like Facebook claim they do not have testers at all. Microsoft only has SDET (software development engineers in Test), other companies are T-shaping developers to do the testing. New kid on the block is AI and machine learning, that will definitely replace testing I hear people claim. What is really happening globally? Do we no longer need testers? Can we actually automate everything? How can we make valuable software for our clients?

In this presentation I will address questions like:

  • Do we need testing? And if so: why is testing important?
  • What is the business case of testing?
  • Can developers also test? And if so: do we still need testers?
  • How can we create quality software?

16:25: Questions & discussions

16:30: Testing And Deployment Of Terraform CodeRead More
Farid Nouri Neshat, Software Engineer, Olindata

Farid Nouri Neshat, Software Engineer, Olindata

I will explain the how and why and go through possible ways of implementing unit, integration and end to end testing for terraform code.

16:50: Questions & discussions

16:55: Chair’s summing-up.


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