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.

Among the topic addressed in the morning session 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.

Among the topics addressed in the afternoon session are

  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Mapping practices with scaled agile frameworks—SAFe, DAD, LeSS, and Nexus
  • Scrum board Gamification
  • Morden Software Testing
  • Sustainable Test Automation
  • Mob Programming

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    Keynote: Horses for courses: a plea for a mixed methods approach

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

    Before you place a bet in a horse race you check out the ground conditions. Some horses run better on heavy, wet soil others on the dry. The various method and ideology wars in the whole Agile movement is inhibiting innovation, preventing progress. Agile is increasingly starting to look like a highly structured commodity to the detriment of the original values. In this presentation Snowden will look at how to frame a mixed methods approach and radically reduce risk. Getting methods and tools defined at the right level, defining transaction protocols, looking at unarticulated needs and turning the involvement of testing to a much earlier stage in the development cycle all change the dynamics of delivering value for Agile and DevOps alike.


    Dave Snowden

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    Seven proven ways to ruin your Test Automation
    A tongue-in-cheek talk on how to avoid capital mistakes in test automation

    Seretta Gamba, Test Automation Consultant

    In this tongue-in-cheek talk I will show how easy it is to disrupt or utterly ruin a test automation project. By describing seven proven methods to reach this end, I intend to give managers, testers and automators the means to recognize early on if their automation is in danger. And by ‘warning’ against possible defences I will actually give them the tools to counter and solve such issues.


    Seretta Gamba

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    Scrumboard gamification

    Boris Wrubel, Software Test Engineer, Independent Consultant

    Scrumboards can be annoying. It needs discipline of all team members to keep it up to date. But there are some things and easy fixes you can do to keep a better overview. Boris will show how you can motivate the team and trigger the gamer in all of them.


    Boris Wrubel

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    Enterprise Continuous Testing Everywhere - Graham Bell to GDPR

    Nanda Kumar, Programme Test Manager, Colruyt

    According to research giant Forrester’s DevOps Benchmark Online Survey, adapting cultural shift to DevOps will be one of the top challenges in 2018. The evolution of the telephone started with Graham Bell but today’s trend is cellular phone with the latest 5G technology. Similarly, the evolution of Testing to Continuous Testing is inevitable. The study of the four major sectors of Functional, Performance, Accessibility and Security shows immediate need for this evolution and the requirement to adapt to the hottest trend of the future - GDPR. This presentation is an attempt to influence the audience to start on the Enterprise DevOps Journey especially focusing on Quality Engineering.

    The time to start is now!


    Nanda Kumar

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    The overlooked importance of a good Scrum Master

    Lynoure Braakman, Scrum Master & Programmer, Neuland Bür für Informatik

    The role of the Scrum Master is on the surface level easy to understand as someone making sure Scrum is implemented correctly and facilitating meetings. This talk is about the difference that can be made by Scrum Master who fully embraces the potential of their role.


    Lynoure Braakman

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    Challenges and Strategies of DevOps in cyber-physical systems

    Dr. Dominik Holling, Head of Test Methodology and Development Processes, ITK Engineering

    The steady increase of features realized in software paired with shorter development cycles yield the challenge of efficient software quality assurance in the area of cyber-physical systems. Using DevOps techniques paired with Systems Engineering provides a direction, but yields challenges and strategies elaborated in this talk.


    Dr. Dominik Holling


Lynoure Braakman

Scrum Master & Programmer, Neuland Bür für Informatik

Seretta Gamba

Test Automation Consultant

Dr. Dominik Holling

Head of Test Methodology and Development Processes, ITK Engineering

Nanda Kumar

Programme Test Manager, Colruyt

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Boris Wrubel

Software Test Engineer, Independent Consultant

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Barclays Bank PLC

Duncan Nisbet

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Seb Rose

Cucumber Ltd

Amany Elbanna

Royal Holloway University of London


Matthew Skelton

Skelton Thatcher

Mark Lines

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Tom Gilb

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Arie van Bennekum

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