Dorothy Graham has been in testing for forty years and is co-author of four books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences in Test Automation. She helped start testing qualifications in the UK and was on the working party that devised the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. After 19 years with Grove Consultants, she now focuses on giving presentations at conferences and events, and writing. Dorothy holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing and the first ISTQB Excellence Award. She was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine in 2010. She was Programme Chair for EuroSTAR in 1993 and 2009, and for ExpoQA in 2014. She has spoken at UNICOM events for over 30 years.


Testing, Agile and DevOps – their roots and evolution

Testing has been around for a long time, but has changed a lot over the years. Agile and DevOps are “the new kids on the block” but are fast becoming mainstream. What are the roots of the changes and popularity of new approaches and how have they evolved over the years? What prophets were around years ago who foresaw current trends? In this presentation, Dorothy Graham leads you through some of her early experiences in testing and early encounters with precursors to Agile and DevOps. We look at why Agile has “taken off” and why DevOps is a hot topic today, and what the role of testing has been, is now and perhaps should be in the future.

  • a personal history of testing
  • the “grandfather” of agile and DevOps
  • what problems do Agile and DevOps solve?
  • what’s next?