This event is co-located with the conference ‘Digital Transformation: Methods and Tools’.

Digital strategies and their supporting infrastructures are being implemented with increasing rapidity; new frameworks and technologies such as Agile, DevOps, IoT, Robotics, SMACT (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and IoT) are proliferating, and consequently, the requirements for testing and quality assurance are changing. Now the UK Government is launching a new Digital Strategy, aiming to build on the UK’s success in digital innovation and consolidate its position as a global tech hub. As ever, testing is vital to ensure new technologies, infrastructures and applications work as they should.

The need for improvement, training and keeping abreast of the latest trends are as continuous as the testing process, and this conference gives testing professionals the opportunity to hear, share and learn from their peers as well as from experts who are passionate about testing.

Topics addressed include:

  • Testing for Digital
  • Test Automation
  • Security Testing
  • Test Coverage
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of the software delivery pipeline
  • Agile Testing
  • The changing role of the Tester
  • DevOps

Who should attend:
CDOs; CIOs; Software Testers and test managers; Test consultants; IT directors; Test practitioners and engineers; QA directors and managers; Development managers and developers; Delivery managers; CTOs.


  • Joint session with ‘Digital Transformation: Methods and Tools’ -

  • CHAIRMAN FOR THE MORNING SESSION: Mark Fewster, Grove Software Testing Ltd -

  • 08:30 -


  • 09:15 -

    UNICOM’s and Chairperson’s Introduction

  • 09:30 -

    Plenary Presentation - Test Automation Health: what you can learn from your test Automation

    Mark Fewster, Grove Software Testing Ltd

    Modern software development requires modern software testing, and that means test execution automation. The ability to run many more tests, repeatedly and faster than could ever be achieved with manual testing alone, is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Whether you are in the midst of a digital transformation project or simply trying to keep in step with business demands for responsiveness and agility, test automation is a vital component of your strategy.


    Mark Fewster

  • 10:15 -

    Plenary Presentation - The Maniacs and Mechanics of Innovation

    Tony Grout, Global Lead for Digital Transformations, Atlassian

    When your mission is to go at extreme speed, what are the things you need to think of most? Tony talks about the mistakes he’s seen, the mistakes he’s made and the critical success factors he now engineers into any high velocity software delivery organisation.


    Tony Grout

  • 11:00 -

    Introduction to Sponsoring and Supporting Bodies

  • 11:05 -

    Coffee Break

  • 11:30 -

    Industry Study: Five cost-effective ways to improve team software security

    Charles Weir, Researcher Security Lancaster Group, Lancaster University

    Cyber security is a big and increasing problem. Almost every week we hear of a new exploit or security breach, and increasingly it affects every aspect of our lives. For developers it now impacts almost every development project they work on. But what can you do, as a developer or working with developers, to tackle the problem without becoming overwhelmed by costs and complexity?

    This talk, based on GCHQ-sponsored research at a leading software security institution, answers that question. It explores why conventional approaches have been so unhelpful, and based on current practice in over a dozen representative institutions it tells you five inexpensive and widely-used techniques that will significantly help your programmers achieve software security. Can you afford to miss it?


    Charles Weir

  • 12:00 -

    Round table discussions

  • 12:45 -


  • Afternoon Session -

  • 13:45 -

    Becoming an Agile Tester for tomorrow

    Rachel Whitney, Planit Testing

    Technology is changing the world of business so rapidly that what a tester knows today could be irrelevant tomorrow, or at least of less importance. To drive innovation and avoid becoming obsolete, companies need employees who are constantly evolving and developing new skills to stay ahead of the market.


    Rachel Whitney

  • 14:15 -

    Are your tests well-travelled? Thoughts about coverage - and strawberry jam

    Dorothy Graham, Software Testing Consultant, Speaker and Author

    There are many places to visit it the world and it can be interesting to see “where you’ve been”. There are many places in the software for tests to visit, and seeing “where the tests have been” can be very interesting for testers.

    Dorothy Graham explains what coverage is, and why it can be misleading to talk about 100% coverage. Coverage is a relationship between the tests and the software being tested, and is an objective measurement of some aspect of thoroughness of the testing. There ways in which the term coverage is mis-used, and four caveats of coverage which you should be aware of. So is coverage a good thing to have? In other words, should testing be thorough? Not necessarily; sometimes testing should be more like strawberry jam than butter or margarine. Whenever you hear the term “coverage”, there two important questions that you should always ask: Coverage of what? and Why?


    Dorothy Graham

  • 15:00 -

    Why open-source test solutions might cost you more than you think!

    Amine M’Barki, Test Manager, Infuse Consulting

    Today, many open-source solutions are used not only by small and medium firms but also by some large organisations. The decision whether to choose commercial software or open-source software is often driven by the perceived fit between the tools capabilities and the organisation’s testing needs as well as the budget for test tooling. This choice is not always as easy as it seems, especially when one considers the hidden costs of using open-source solutions. In this presentation, we are going to walk through some business case methods, such as Total cost of ownership (TCO) and payback, to better to calculate the actual cost of test tooling for an organisation.


    Amine M’Barki

  • 15:30 -


  • 15:45 -

    Practical Security Testing for Mobile Apps – (How to avoid the top ten common security mistakes)

    Martin Wrigley, Executive Director, AQuA, the not-for-profit Application Quality Alliance

    The presentation shows the AQuA approach to security testing and how developers and testers can use the best of industry experience to avoid common security issues.

    Using the AQuA Security Testing Criteria any tester or developer can run a series of tests to provide a basic level of security confidence.


    Martin Wrigley

  • 16:15 -

    Security Testing at Pace

    Chris Dare, Senior Security Engineer, Abide Financial

    Security testing is a combination of manual and automated methods, and a necessary part of a secure software delivery cycle. However, its manual nature means that it can slow down a delivery pipeline. Often security testing happens as a penetration test after software Is released if at all. Chris demonstrates how test automation can be combined with security tools to catch vulnerabilities early in the lifecycle, and transform security testing into a continuous process.


    Chris Dare

  • 17:00 -

    Summary and close of conference

  • 17:15 -

    Drinks reception


Chris Dare

Senior Security Engineer, Abide Financial

Mark Fewster

Grove Software Testing Ltd

Dorothy Graham

Software Testing Consultant, Speaker and Author

Tony Grout

Global Lead for Digital Transformations, Atlassian

Amine M’Barki

Test Manager, Infuse Consulting

Charles Weir

Researcher Security Lancaster Group, Lancaster University

Rachel Whitney

Planit Testing

Martin Wrigley

Executive Director, AQuA, the not-for-profit Application Quality Alliance

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute

Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

Gold Sponsors

Professional Body Supporter

Media Partners


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