Agile, DevOps, Testing and Low Code have shared environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by the current greater demand for excellence, these methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes.
Expert practitioners and thought leaders discuss current topics and practices to develop a business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment. Practitioners bring new perspectives and ideas of innovation. They show how to be resilient in this ever-changing unpredictable market and also be able to focus on boosting productivity, reduce time to market, cost, and resource investment.
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We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start-up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and vision in these three fields. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in the panel sessions only.
We are also planning short “how to do” sessions or full-day workshops to run as pre or post conference events. Let us know if you have a related topic that you want to run as a workshop or an extended briefing.
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Victoria Morgan-Smith, Delivery Director, Engineering Enablement, Financial Times
What does it take to create a team environment that inspires ambition and creativity?
How do we create a culture of generosity?
How can internal technical conferences help move the needle towards a culture where people want to help each other out, and so actively want to enable each other?
Like many people, I bought a cat during lockdown, and he is my latest obsession. So I am going to introduce you to my cat, along with 4 others, and we’ll look at their environment to see what helps
them and what is hard for them. I’ll then talk about some of the things that could help them – and your teams – to thrive in your environment.
Keith Watson, Director of DevOps, ADP UK Limited
Tools are a necessary but not sufficient condition for the success of DevOps. Implementing a DevOps strategy involves not just a change in tools and culture but also a change in the political and organisational landscape. Resistance can build up due to the way people react to taking on additional or new responsibilities, learning new skills and tools, cross team collaboration or just a perception that their roles, jobs or even departments are no longer required. It also involves justifying spend with some clear return on investment which involves negotiations with key financial stakeholders. This presentation gives examples from two organisations on how to identify some of these issues and navigate the perilous journey through to the new world of continuous delivery.
Bayo Adewole, Lead Consultant – UK & Ireland (EQS), Infosys Limited
In this presentation I will discuss the prevalence of agile adoption and the need to automate the testing phase to complete the lifecycle of the methodology. Highlighting the an irreplaceable part of Agile methodology and the benefit of what continuous and critical testing can bring to the team and product in general.
I will also take time to compare it with the traditional ways by contrasting it with pro and cons similarly.
I will leverage the pain/challenges faced by Agile teams and how we can spinoff a positive in light of what seems as negative to the methodology.
Guidance of how to better use the framework and harness the beauty it brings.
Finally concluding on how best to adopt, manage, maintain and continually improve the methodology as a whole.
Andy Cooke, CTO, AutomatePro
In this presentation, Andy will showcase how AutomatePro provides an end-to-end solution for ServiceNow agile testing and deployment. Attendees will learn how this innovative platform can streamline operations and reduce costs by automating testing, deployment, and auditing processes. With improved visibility and rapid delivery, AutomatePro is a game-changing technology for ServiceNow users seeking a competitive edge.
Bill Watson, Test Manager, BBC
Aruna Potteti, Release, Test and Governance Lead, Deutsche Bank
DevOps – a combination of cultural philosophies, practices and tools that aims to increase software delivery velocity by building shared ownership among software stakeholders.
Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting
Wherever you look, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence seems to be making inroads. There’s lots of talk of ML/AI in testing but it’s been mostly limited to analysing test execution statistics and bug reports. The tool vendors are, as ever, focusing on the low hanging fruit, so to speak.
You might have heard of Chat GPT which has caused quite a stir, mostly as an alternative to Google search and the belief that you can ‘ask it anything’. But there are now over twenty alternative ‘generative pre-trained transformer’ products. Can they be of use to software professionals, other than to generate CV covering letters?
The other, main prospect is the use of ML/AI in support of requirements, design and testing activities. I suggest this is where there are real opportunities. To date, we have used software to automate clerical, repetitive activities and record tabular content. We’ll need new tools that capture data throughout the software lifecycle, integrate it and then use ML/AI to provide insights that support our thinking, not just logistics.
Richard Bishop, Lead Quality Engineer, Quality Engineering Centre Of Excellence Team, Lloyds Banking Group
Mobile device farms can make your application testing more scalable and efficient, leading to high-quality apps that delight customers. But they also present challenges of their own, including managing the initial set-up, device management, cost, and data security considerations to name but a few. Join this session to get an insight into why Lloyds Banking Group require a mobile test platform, the challenges they faced and their reasons for migrating from a locally-built and managed device farm to one managed by a third party.
Sohan Maheshwar, Senior Developer Advocate, Amazon Web Services, Amsterdam
A high level overview of several of the patterns involved in performing monolith to microservice refactors and re-architectures. Talks about architecture characteristics of monolith and microservices application, how to decompose/split monolith application to microservices and how components should be designed and developed in a microservices architecture.
Narayanan Palani, Engineering Lead, Quality, Lloyds Banking Group
Thenmozhi Paramasivam, Engineering Lead, Quality, Lloyds Banking Group
Venu Kailash Sambasivam, QE Chapter Lead, Wipro, Lloyds Banking Group in Partnership with Wipro
SustainabilityOps – set of practises that integrates sustainable software engineering principles in software development, testing and DevOps. It aims to deliver applications that are carbon-efficient, network-efficient and being carbon-aware to track carbon emissions and reduce carbon footprint. This is achieved by implementation of sustainable web design patterns for microservices and web pages during development, static code analysis for greener code during build and carbon emission calculations during tests. Database optimization, better caching techniques, async API calls, and other green software engineer principles were applied and is scored immediately by ecoCode-Sonar plugins during build, aiding sustainable SAST to left-shift. Metrics like First Contentful Paint and Time to Interactive and carbon estimates from Co2.js were derived from automated test frameworks that feedbacks into build cycle. This has proven improvements to overall application performance and reduction in carbon emission estimates.