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.

Among the topics addressed are

  • 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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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 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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08:45 - 09:00Registration

09:00 - 09:15Conference overview - Read More


09:15 - 10:00Setting up a CICD pipeline on gcp - Read More

Aries Youssefian, Solutions Architect, CloudCover

Aries Youssefian, Solutions Architect, CloudCover

Aries Youssefian from CloudCover will demonstrate how to automate a CI/CD pipeline in Google Cloud with native code tools. The audience will witness Aries use GitHub to commit code, have it result in a container being built, pushed to a container registry, and deployed into production – along with notifications being sent to Slack to notify the developer of the entire process. Google Cloud’s new native container security scanning tool will also be demonstrated as a part of this process.

10:00 - 10:30 Tea/Coffee break

10:30 - 11:15BUSINESS AGILITY - Read More

Amol Pradhan, Global Capability and Enterprise Agility Leader, IBM

Amol Pradhan, Global Capability and Enterprise Agility Leader, IBM


11:15 - 12:00Applying Lean Startup With Enterprises - Read More

Joshua Lai, Scrum Master, Thales

Joshua Lai, Scrum Master, Thales

Many entreprises set up and tried building digital products, yet not all had succeed. To be successful, it requires the leadership build an ecosystem that helps teams to nurture, grow and thrive with the relentless pursuit for technical excellence. Nothing really matters; deliverable and results speak for itself.

Delivering valuable quality software is a good side effect of happy teams who seek for continuous improvement and technical excellence. Joshua will share his observation about a digital factory approach that could well-balance the demands for fast delivery of business value, while embrace the need for technical excellence to product quality products. He will explain how could a digital factory weaves in modern Lean-Agile culture and thinking, good software development practices and DevOps implementation, so that valuable quality digital product could be delivered successfully.

12:00 - 12:45Embrace Extreme Programming if Scrum isn’t agile enough for you ! - Read More

Hemant Jaggi, Senior Engineering Manager, Autodesk

Hemant Jaggi, Senior Engineering Manager, Autodesk

“How Agile is Agile enough?” is the question playing on everyone’s mind, especially within the teams working on Cloud applications. Being a fast paced web and mobile product, we also started feeling the challenges of being constrained within a typical scrum development model where a sprint would usually last for 2-4 weeks, the development team needs to predict the “story points” they would finish in one sprint (and much more). Considering the fast paced ecosystem with Continuous-Integration-Continuous-Delivery expectations, having several third party dependencies and ever-changing prioritizations, the “Scrum Team” model soon started proving to be more of a problem than a solution.

In this talk, I’ll share the nature of challenges that the our teams faced while following Scrum model, and subsequent journey of embracing “Extreme Programming” methodologies and how it benefitted the team. I am sure the it’ll will be very relevant to other engineering teams who are one of those “born-in-the-cloud” applications.

I’ll share the implementation details of “Extreme Programming” methodologies like Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, running Weekly iterations, doing away with the process of story point predictions, continuous Backlog grooming and much more, that the team followed and how it helped in gaining the much desired agility. Having practiced it over many years now, I can confidently call it a success for Cloud products, sharing our sample implementation case study at Autodesk.

Am sure that this will be largely useful for organizations who are both – either in their journey of Agile transformation or are facing challenges of fast pace of software development.

12:45 - 13:45Lunch break

13:45 - 14:30Scrum board Gamification - Read More

Majid Bhatti, Director, Transition & Transformation Asia Pacific, Orange Business Services

Majid Bhatti, Director, Transition & Transformation Asia Pacific, Orange Business Services

Today many of us resistance to follow work processes including scrum which can lead to huge challenge for technology & business.

To get-away with these changelings’ gamification was coined, which refers to the use of game thinking in non-game contexts and can be considered as a framework where the

participants are systematically motivated with targets that have small and quantifiable increments based on continuous feedback and interactions – which are exactly the principles of Agile.

Scrum Gamification is a transformation process in which interaction patterns, game mechanisms, reusable game components are operationalised to solve problems in an intended environment that is situated within a real-world context.

14:30 - 15:15Decentralization of Banking AI - Read More

Nabendu Misra, Director, Digital Solutions (FSI), Oracle

Nabendu Misra, Director, Digital Solutions (FSI), Oracle

Methods & systems of integrating various Fintech AI as a balanced implementation between interpretable & explainable,
utilizing a combination of classical computing (CPU / GPU) & quantum computing services ”

Leading To Decentralization of Banking AI” via – Private Permissioned Block-Chain ON public Cloud

15:15 - 15:45Tea/Coffee break

15:45 - 16:30Devops with Alicloud - Read More

Amit Kumar, Director Architecture & Solution, Alibaba Group

Amit Kumar, Director Architecture & Solution, Alibaba Group

16:30 - 17:15TBC - Read More



Aries Youssefian

Solutions Architect

Hemant Jaggi

Senior Engineering Manager

Majid Bhatti

Director, Transition & Transformation Asia Pacific
Orange Business Services

Amit Kumar

Senior Director IT, Lead Coach, Agile and DevOps Compentence Center

Joshua Lai

Scrum Master

Nabendu Misra

Director, Digital Solutions (FSI)








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