Testing Showcase Dublin: Testing in the 4th Industrial Revolution, 24 May 2017, Dublin

This event is co-located with DevOps Showcase and Agile Showcase. Delegates may attend any sessions from across the three conferences.

Testing Showcase Dublin, 24 May 2017, builds on the success of last year’s Testing Showcase in Dublin and other Testing conferences organised and co-hosted by UNICOM, including “TestExpo” and “Next Generation Testing” which have been running in London for a number of years.

The theme for 2017 is “Testing in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.  The Word Economic Forum has declared that we are entering the 4th Industrial Revolution, as access to real time data and the focus on all things digital and instantaneous impact every area of life.  Testers have always been at the coal face of ensuring that “stuff works as it should”.   Is there anything different in the actual testing of new digital products, new interfaces with clients which must always provide the optimum user experience?  How are testers coping?  What are the stories coming in?  What is working well and what can be done better?

Joint morning session with Agile Showcase & DevOps and Microservices 
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.  These three methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes and the synergy involves building a development and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production.  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 the last of the joint morning session with the other two co-located events. This session is for 45 minutes of which there will be around ten minutes for a general summing up at the end. 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.

Benefits of attending:

  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet with Testing experts
  • Develop and benchmark your Testing Strategies
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise 
  • Discover latest technical skills, tools, tips and tricks in the industry 
  • Hear about new developments in Agile and DevOps in the plenary morning session 

Call for Participation

We are looking for speakers willing to share their experiences and stories about the constantly evolving software testing area. If you wish to submit a proposal to present at this event please fill in the speaker response form.

Here is a list of topics we would like to cover at this event: 

  • Agile Testing
  • Big Data Testing
  • BDD
  • Creating a Digital Testing Strategy
  • DevOps
  • Mobile Testing
  • Testing in Continuous Delivery
  • Test Automation

The morning session will discuss the following related topics, please use the speaker form above to apply to speak in the morning session:   

  • Agile frameworks provide guidance for efficient operational software
  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Mapping practices with scaled agile frameworks—SAFe, DAD, LeSS, and Nexus
  • Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline
  • Host a Round Table on a topic related to Testing, Agile or DevOps.


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    Keynote: Agile in context: Understanding software systems as ecologies not manufacturing processes

    Dave Snowden, CTO Cognitive Edge

    Too many methods and techniques in software development are simple recipes derived from limited and partially understood cases. They treat the organisation as if it was a complicated machine rather than a highly complex and ever shifting, frequently fragile ecology. This presentation will introduce the award winning Cynefin framework and will introduce ideas from complexity science, biology and the cognitive sciences which allow us to manage conditions of inherent uncertainty.


    Dave Snowden

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    Using Game-Based Learning (GBL) to Enhance your technology/team leadership skills

    Ken Thompson, Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd

    1. To review where GBL can provide the best returns in terms of developing your technology leadership and your team leadership skills.
    2. To identify the key foundations and pitfalls to avoid for the successful adoption of GBL.
    3. To illustrate GBL with real project examples and live game participation with the audience

    * The pros and cons of GBL
    * The key foundations for successful GBL
    * The Different types of Game
    * Top leadership skill areas for GBL illustrated with real projects and Live audience interaction:
    — Project/Team Managemen
    — Commercial Acumen and Business Awareness
    — Collaboration & Competition
    — Conversational Skills
    * Q&A and Discussion


    Ken Thompson

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    Why everyone should care about Test-Driven Development

    Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    Test-Driven Development (TDD) has been so successful that it's now unfashionable. We seem to have lost the excitement and empowerment we felt when we first stumbled onto TDD a dozen years ago. Now it's just a chore that only bothers developers. Were we fooling ourselves, or did the message get confused along the way?

    In this talk, I will revisit the basics, the essence of what makes TDD work. I will look at some of the common difficulties that I see with teams that are struggling. I will show how TDD is as much an approach to development as a programming technique and how, like BDD, it's not about testing.


    Steve Freeman

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    Test Automation beyond the UI - An exploration of Full-Stack Testing using Ruby on Rails

    Patrice Boleguin, Senior Software Test Engineer, TSSG

    Start testing beneath the UI layer and a whole new world opens up to the passionate tester: especially if you have an appetite for automating your tests but it can be a big jump from doing UI automated testing only to performing a full-stack testing in an agile environment.

    This presentation will be focused on the variety of automated tests available to the fearless tester in a mature environment like RAILS.

    The presenter will walk through an example of a continuous automated testing framework using a sample application and with tools such as (git, github, heroku, Jenkins, Cucumber, RSpec, Capybara).

    The first part of the presentation will look at the sample web application as it is and the different tests implemented and running against the staging environment. In order to fully appreciate every aspect of the demo, the presenter will cover some of the important concepts related to RAILS framework but also general concepts for testing services and more.

    In the second part, the audience will get to see a new feature being added to the application and will witness the changes required in the current series of tests in order to have them run successfully before being released.


    Patrice Boleguin

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    Adapting your Test Approach to the Project Environment

    Mairéad Carroll, Test Manager, Freelance IT Contractor (currently with Dept. Justice & Equality)

    This presentation will explore different test approaches through real project examples. By strengthening the testing core of a project you increase the effectiveness of the project team in reaching targets. We will look at combining methodologies to suit the project environment, improving the test function leading to solid deliveries.


    Mairéad Carroll

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    Be Smart - Protract Yourself

    Aleksandar Ristic, Testing Consultant, Comtrade Digital Services

    Many projects today and maybe even the projects that you are working on have pushed the testing stage towards the end of the project, usually with less time than promised and with the release date (or simply going to the pub) approaching fast.

    It’s easy to see why time is so important and in this session, I’ll try to answer the main three questions that will help you make the most of yours – how to test/automate, who is going to test/automate, and what to test or what to automate?


    Aleksandar Ristic



Patrice Boleguin

Senior Software Test Engineer, TSSG


Mairéad Carroll

Test Manager, Freelance IT Contractor (currently with Dept. Justice & Equality)


Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited


Aleksandar Ristic

Testing Consultant, Comtrade Digital Services


Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge


Ken Thompson

Managing Director, Dashboard Simulations Ltd


Matthew Brady

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software

UNICOM’s Advisory Panel

Dorothy Graham

Software testing consultant, speaker and author

David Jamison


Dan North

Dan North Associates

Paul D. Nielsen

Director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute


Dave Snowden

CTO Cognitive Edge

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