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11 February 2016, Manchester

Testing Showcase North, 11 February 2016, builds on the success of the “Testing Showcase North” in Manchester in February 2015 and other Testing conferences organised and co-hosted by UNICOM, including “Next Generation Testing” and “TestExpo”.

This is a highly interactive Testing conference, comprising a programme of high quality presentations, case studies and facilitated roundtable discussions (each addressing a different testing topic or issue) where all participants can join in and share their own experiences, and hear fresh ideas.

Among the topics addressed by the programme are:

  • Agile Testing
  • BDD
  • Creating a Digital Testing Strategy
  • DevOps
  • Managing Offshore Test Teams
  • Mobile Testing
  • Performance Engineering
  • Testing in Continuous Delivery
  • Test Automation
  • Test Data Management

There is also an exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and testing tool vendors.

Benefits of attending

  • Hear fresh thinking and new ideas to address current and future Testing challenges
  • Share ideas and brainstorm new approaches
  • Meet with Testing experts
  • Learn from others’ best practices, ideas and expertise
  • Discover new technical skills, tools, tips and tricks

Programme

  • 08:30 -

    Registration and Coffee

  • 09:15 -
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    Welcome

    Alec McCutcheon, UNICOM Seminars

    Speakers:
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    Alec McCutcheon

  • 09:20 -
    andrew-fullen

    Chairman's Introduction and Scene Setting (Testing Showcase North)

    Andrew Fullen, Digital Consultant, Sogeti UK

    Speakers:
    andrew-fullen

    Andrew Fullen

  • 09.25 -

    Chairman’s Introduction and Scene Setting (DevOps Showcase North)

  • 09:30 -

    Introduction to Sponsors

  • 09:40 -

    Short break to divide into 2 tracks

  • 09:45 -
    andrew-fullen

    KEYNOTE: From the Middle of Nowhere to a World Class User Experience

    Andrew Fullen, Digital Consultant, Sogeti UK

    In the recent World Quality Report, over 80% of senior IT Executives stated that customer experience is their #1 priority for 2016. An excellent website or mobile application can differentiate your business, justify increased costs and create loyal customers but if it is so important, why the lack of focus until now? This presentation will take a hard look at two examples, to highlight the do’s and the don’ts when tackling this broad topic. We will also take a look at one of our customers who has recently been shortlisted for ‘Best Website’ at the Northern Digital Awards 2016.

    Speakers:
    andrew-fullen

    Andrew Fullen

  • 10:15 -
    Matthew-Brady

    Continuous Testing, Performance Engineering and Chaos - the new world of lean testing?

    Matthew Brady, HP EMEA ADM Pre-sales

    Testing needs to be part of development, automated where possible and some of it executed continuously. Moreover, continuous and automated testing needs to provide real insight and deliver confidence that applications will work in production, which is the essence of the new discipline of performance engineering. Matthew explains the ups and downs of embracing performance engineering and chaotic testing techniques.

    Speakers:
    Matthew-Brady

    Matthew Brady

  • 10:45 -

    Coffee

  • 11:15 -
    Andy-Wyatt

    Testing Mobile Apps under Real User Conditions

    Andy Wyatt, Perfecto

    A winning digital user experience requires a solid test strategy and proper test coverage. But in the mobile space, “coverage” can mean different things to different companies. Are you covering the right devices? Are you covering user conditions such as changing locations and networks? Will your app work when there are phone call interruptions? These questions linger on the minds of today’s developers and QA leaders. It’s clear to them that functional testing alone is simply not enough to assure the great user experience their customers expect.

    Speakers:
    Andy-Wyatt

    Andy Wyatt

  • 11:45 -
    Pete-George

    What is the Place of Independent Testing in Agile

    Pete George, Director, George Training

    Independence in testing has traditionally been seen as essential to ensure more effective, objective testing. Agile software development, on the other hand, prizes collaboration and close communication between developers and testers. Independent testing then becomes unimportant, or even potentially conflicting with the effectiveness of the development team. So, what is the place of independence in agile software development? How does agile development deal with the issues, such as author bias, that independent testing seeks to address?

    Speakers:
    Pete-George

    Pete George

  • 12:15 -

    Round Table session 1

    The roundtables are very informal in nature. Participants are welcome to join any group that interests them, and move from one group to another. Each discussion group is led by a “Topic Guru” who is knowledgeable on the subject and facilitates the discussion. The Topic Guru has a few questions ready to get the discussion rolling, helps to facilitate and guide discussions and presents a summary of his/her table's conclusions towards the end of the session. These conclusions are open for discussion by the whole room, and the programme chairman then sums up.

    Discussion Topics and “Topic Gurus” for Testing Showcase North:

    · Agile Testing: Pete George, George Training
    · BDD
    · DevOps: Danny Crone, nFocus
    · Mobile Testing: Andy Wyatt, Perfecto Mobile
    · Test Automation: Damien Walsh, SmartBear; Dorothy Graham, Software Testing Consultant, Speaker & Author
    · Performance Engineering: Matthew Brady, HPE
    · Managing Offshore Teams: Justin Hossein, Sogeti

  • 13:00 -

    Lunch

  • 14:00 -
    Matthew-Skeltonimg

    Why and How to Test Logging

    Matthew Skelton, Skelton Thatcher Consulting

    Modern log aggregation & search tools provide significant new capabilities for teams building, testing, and running software systems. By treating logging as a core system component, and using techniques such as unique event IDs, transaction tracing, and structured log output, we gain rich insights into application behaviour and health. This talk explains why it is valuable to test aspects of logging and how to do this with modern log aggregation tooling.

    Speakers:
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    Matthew Skelton

  • 14:30 -
    David-Costello

    Case study - A Journey from Tester to QA Engineer

    David Costello, QA Engineer, SaleCycle

    David describes his journey from reactively testing a legacy platform through to testing a cloud-based scalable solution using up-todate Agile methodologies. He covers the adoption of cloud-based automation tools, exploratory testing, TDD and the testing future.

    Speakers:
    David-Costello

    David Costello

  • 15:00 -
    Alan-Ying

    Case study - Rich Mobiles, Poor Testing

    Alan Ying, Osper

    In this presentation Alan shares first-hand experience and compares the different environments and mentalities of mobile testing between a global organisation and a fintech startup. Alan will also question and discuss the shape of mobile industry, behavioural shift by the Gen-Z, and beyond.

    Speakers:
    Alan-Ying

    Alan Ying

  • 15:30 -

    Tea

  • 16:00 -
    John-Stinson

    Ten Tips for Success in Test Automation

    John Stinson, Test Automation Architect at a major Investment Bank

    Testing is undergoing a greater change than any other aspect of software development. How do we prepare our teams to succeed? What changes do we need to make as individuals? What approaches do we need to take for different types of system or technology? John will share his personal experiences of test automation based on a broad range of technologies and projects over the past eight years.

    Speakers:
    John-Stinson

    John Stinson

  • 16:30 -

    Round Table session 2

    The roundtables are very informal in nature. Participants are welcome to join any group that interests them, and move from one group to another. Each discussion group is led by a “Topic Guru” who is knowledgeable on the subject and facilitates the discussion. The Topic Guru has a few questions ready to get the discussion rolling, helps to facilitate and guide discussions and presents a summary of his/her table's conclusions towards the end of the session. These conclusions are open for discussion by the whole room, and the programme chairman then sums up.

    Discussion Topics and “Topic Gurus” for Testing Showcase North:

    · Agile Testing: Pete George, George Training
    · BDD
    · DevOps: Danny Crone, nFocus
    · Mobile Testing: Andy Wyatt, Perfecto Mobile
    · Test Automation: Damien Walsh, SmartBear; Dorothy Graham, Software Testing Consultant, Speaker & Author
    · Performance Engineering: Matthew Brady, HPE
    · Managing Offshore Teams: Justin Hossein, Sogeti

  • 17:00 -

    Close

  • 17:05 -

    Drinks reception

Speakers

Matthew-Brady

Matthew Brady

Senior Pre-sales ADM Specialist

Pete-George

Pete George

George Training & Development Ltd

Dorothy-Graham

Dorothy Graham

Software Testing Consultant, Speaker & Author

John-Stinson

John Stinson

Test Automation Architect at a major Investment Bank

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Matthew Skelton

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

Andy-Wyatt

Andy Wyatt

Senior Technical Engineer, Perfecto

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Alec McCutcheon

UNICOM Seminars Ltd

andrew-fullen

Andrew Fullen

Digital Consultant, Sogeti UK

David-Costello

David Costello

QA Engineer, SaleCycle

Alan-Ying

Alan Ying

Quality Assurance, Osper

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