This event is co-located with Agile & DevOps Expo.
Software testing and QA is set to grow in significance over the years. Our annual event as usual puts the emphasis to showcase and nurture thought leadership in this area. The day is aligned to our clients’ business objectives and investments, to provide sustained benefits & improved ROI.
The key focus will be on software engineering, testing, development, quality engineered software and testing (QUEST), Testing the Social Mobile Analytics and Cloud (SMAC). There will sharing of practical experiences, extended knowledge-sharing sessions, “Round Table” discussions for sharing insights and industry trends. Amongst many related topics, the event addresses areas such as agile, test design, automation, performance, security, and DevOps. This coupled with networking has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the day. There are pre and post conference workshops too on specific topics. An exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from the three topic areas – Testing, Agile and DevOps.
The event is very much relevant for QA experts, developers, testers, test managers and even management / business leaders to understand the impact Testing has on the business front.
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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 Testing.
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.
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Adam Bowen, Sr. Director and Global Practice Lead, DevOps and Cloud, Delphix
The CI/CD pipeline has been democratised. Engineers today have the ability to provision environments and build and deploy their code to them as and when needed, via self-service. In this session, Adam Bowen will make the case to treat data at par with code and environments and give developers and testers the ability to provision test data as and when needed, in a secure and compliant manner.
Mark Lines, Vice President Disciplined Agile, Project Management Institute (PMI)
A fundamental philosophy from the early days of Agile, and particularly of XP, is that teams should own their process. Today we would say that they should be allowed, and better yet, enabled, to choose their own way of working (WoW).
This was a powerful vision, but it was quickly abandoned to make way for the Agile certification gold rush. Why do the hard work of learning your craft, of improving your WoW via experimentation and learning, when you can instead become a certified master of an agile method in two days or a program consultant of a scaling framework in four? It sounds great, and certainly is great for anyone collecting the money, but 18 years after the signing of the Agile Manifesto as an industry we’re nowhere near reaching Agile’s promise. Nowhere near it.
We had it right in the very beginning, and the lean community had it right all along – teams need to own their process, they must be enabled to choose their WoW. To do this we need to stop looking for easy answers, we must reject the simplistic solutions that the agile industrial complex wants to sell us, and most importantly recognize that we need #NoFrameworks.
Sean Bosklopper, Senior Solutions Architect, Micro Focus
Organisations need to be built from the ground up to change focus from shareholder value to customer value. the ability to scale delivery processes beyond the team level and meet the needs of the enterprise.
In today’s complex world a key enabler is to make sense of the myriad of different systems todays organisations have. Open source, 3rd Party, multiple delivery and development methodologies, not to mention all those test systems – trying to make sense and analyse all this information can be nigh on impossible.
Learn how to combine together all the information points to know what is working, what should be enhanced and where to be hold and stop. We’ll also talk about how to eliminate the daily waste of manually trudging through many different systems, just to do what really should be the most simplest of tasks.
Sean Wilkinson, Principal Consultant, Infuse
Join Infuse Principal Consultant Sean Wilkinson as he takes you through considerations and common issues that arise from planning and running a performance engineering engagement.
Soledad Pinter, Managing Director, Heart of Agile Europe
Nowadays, organizations are adapting their way of working to deal with the complexity of a world that is constantly shifting.
Using the Heart of Agile as a compass, you will learn about new ways to work on your team values and help you to collaborate, deliver, reflect and improve.
You leave the room with a concrete call to action to support you embracing the vulnerability and courage needed to make one small improvement today.
Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP
Agile methods and tools have helped development teams focus on delivering smaller pieces of function quickly. This enables teams to test their assumptions about the explicit and implied needs of their target users earlier in the development process. However often these development processes are delivered by waterfall delivery processes which negate some of the advantages of the agile approach. This presentation will use example from various projects, how using a continuous delivery approach which takes advantage of DevOps tools, patterns and practices as well as cultural change, can unlock the innovation within a company and deliver functional enhancements and other changes to production more frequently and hence enhance mindshare and marketshare. It will also provide insights into how DevOps can enable the agile transformation and inform on how barriers to adoption can be overcome.
What approaches are possible? What tools can you use? How does it work together with classical test automation? What road blocks keep you from introducing it to your company? An invitation for discussions…TABLE TWO: Broken Windows Theory & DevOps Adoption
This compelling discussion references the criminological theory of "Broken Windows" and ties it to DevOps adoption! Moderated by a recognised DevOps thought leader, join us for this Round Table discussion whether you're just getting started with DevOps or looking to scale it within your organisation. I promise you will have loads of fun and learning!TABLE THREE: OKRs at enterprise scale
Historically, testing teams have found demonstrating their value to stakeholders challenging. There are many reasons for this including testing being seen as a cost, testers not understanding stakeholder needs, and not being able to articulate the benefit they bring to those stakeholders. Credibility became a problem, with stakeholders not always providing the resources testers needed in order to perform well.
With the introduction of cross functional teams, collectively accountability for delivering working software, with testing activity distributed across many roles, are there new challenges that career testers face in being credible, and valued in their organisations? What are these new challenges, what should we do about them, do we even care?
Please, bring along your experiences and perspectives, and discuss!TABLE FIVE: Lean Coffee: Scaling Agile and DevOps.
♦ What are the major barriers to harnessing data? Organisational, technical, legacy IT infrastructure, data silos, data security, or maybe a skills shortage.
♦ What are the data bottlenecks?
♦ Data delivery bottlenecks. Data sits in multiple locations, on premise, in private / public cloud or hybrid cloud environments, often in a mix of relational or no SQL databases.
♦ Governance bottlenecks. Compliance and privacy concerns and audit requirements restrict or slow down the delivery of data from production to development environments.
♦ Release bottlenecks. Development teams can wait days or week for production data to become available, causing a release bottleneck.
♦ In your experience, what factors contribute the most to bottlenecks?
♦ What are you doing to ensure that your organisation maximises the value of its data?
Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge
Eddie Obeng, CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School
Jeremias Rößler, Founder & CEO ReTest, Germany
GUI test automation is broken — because regression testing is not testing, but version control of the behavior of the software.
Gradually, an insight is gaining ground in the testing world: Test automation without assertions works better! Whether ApprovalsTest, Jest (Facebook, Open Source) or recheck (retest, Open Source) - the number of tools that work according to the approach of Golden Master Testing / Characterization Testing / Approval Testing is constantly increasing. This approach promises more robust tests with less effort for creation and maintenance, while all the while testing much more completely. What this means, which different tools are available (mostly Open Source), and where the strengths and weaknesses of this approach lie, will be explained in this presentation. Don't miss the next trend in test automation...
Dima Lulko, BlazeMeter
In this talk I will explain:
What do we mean by shift left and shift right testing?
How does performance testing and monitoring work when we’ve moved away from the waterfall model?
What’s the role of the QA team in this new devops, focused world?
How can your team improve and deliver Continuous Quality when releases are constant?
Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer, sahibinden.com, Turkey
I will start with key points to consider when developing test automation project. Brief information about the continuous integration system and the logic of operation. Then i will explain how to take our existing test automation system further by using continuous integration.
Maryam Umar, Head of Quality, Thought Machine
SDET. When a hiring manager finds out they have to hire/work with an SDET, there is bound to be confusion. What is this role? Do they only write tests? What’s the developer to tester ratio? Are they really developers? How can I help them progress?
In this talk, I want to discuss the challenges of a test manager especially from the aspect of the team they manage. I will first discuss what value the role brings along-with the caveats of leadership in quality assurance. Most of the issues are around progression and how to gain respect in the team.
I want to have a discussion at the end about how we can overcome these challenges as a community and how we can make SDeTs a part of the team too.
Steve Watson, Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs
It's difficult to know what areas to focus on in order to grow in your career – load & performance testing, a coding language, DevOps and deployments? If you ask 50 people, you'll get 50 answers. In this session, we'll discuss the 3 core skill areas that testers need to focus on based on Steve's extensive experience as a test manager, in order to help you decide where to invest your time.
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