Testing Showcase Midlands: Testing Challenges, Opportunities and Digital Transformation, 21 April, Birmingham
This event is characterised by the same highly interactive format of “Testing Showcase North” and “TestExpo”. As with other successful UNICOM testing events it sets out to address current challenges, opportunities and innovations in the sphere of testing. The programme comprises a number of high quality presentations and case studies delivered by subject experts. Delegates can also take advantage of networking breaks and “Round Table” discussions to ask questions, share their experiences and make valuable contacts.
Some of the topics the event aims to cover:
Ahmad Fahmy, Director, Zone 2 Consulting Limited
Decades of Tayloristic management methods and short term thinking have eroded the drive of many developers and have reduced them to "resources". Most teams are not teams, but rather a collection of individuals working for the same manager. Agile methodologies have elevated the "team" to the central building block of a successful organization. This is about how to actually form that team. Ahmad discusses the story of how teams self-formed at a large bank. He also provides the patterns that were used so that you can apply them in your own organizations.
Stephen Nelson-Smith, Principal Consultant, UNICOM
The explosion of interest in the idea of infrastructure as code has led to organisations from the smallest startups to the largest enterprises eagerly rolling up their sleeves and starting to write Puppet manifest, Chef cookbooks, and Ansible playbooks. The advantages to managing infrastructure using one of these frameworks are well known. However, there’s a dark side. Infrastructure code can quickly get complex, and given its vital role in provisioning the core systems upon which your business runs, it’s important to keep it well maintained, and to have a high degree of confidence that it does what it’s supposed to do. As a parallel, most people would consider it at the very best rather reckless to put code into production without tests. Well, infrastructure code is just that: code. It deserves tests too. In this talk, Stephen Nelson-Smith, pioneer of test-driven infrastructure, and author of the seminal O’Reilly book Test Driven Infrastructure with Chef, will give an overview of why testing is necessary, and an introduction to some of the tools and techniques which can be employed to get started in this interesting and important area.
Deb Bhattacharya, Agile and DevOps Specialist, HSBC
Beccy Stafford, Head of Test, Marks & Spencer
This talk covers a case study on implementing change in testing for technology teams. It’s not as easy as it sounds! Often the architecture of the application we are testing is too monolithic for “good testing”. Sometimes we find ourselves driven towards anti-patterns to compensate for this. How do we remain true to the pyramid, while still being able to provide information on risk?
Pete George, Director, George Training
We often think about Agile testing as being about specific techniques, such as BDD, TDD, etc. Or, we think about testing in Agile contexts, ie how to adapt traditional testing skills to working in Scrum teams et al.
However, agile software development is built on a fundamentally different worldview. Consequently, it requires a fundamentally different way of thinking about testing too.
This presentation highlights why agile testing is different and explores the implications of this for traditional test axioms.
Sofy Large, Senior Technology Test Delivery Manager – Consumer & Small Business, EE
It’s easy to talk about customer focus but how do you integrate customer needs and impacts into processes and, more importantly, into behaviours?
Sofy discusses the challenges and opportunities she’s encountered in the drive to put the customer at the heart of testing.