‘If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.’ – Jack Welch
Imagine knowing upfront that your new digital product or service is going to be a guaranteed success, simply because customers were involved from the very moment the idea was born. That a multidisciplinary team is ready to help those customers solve any problems when things go wrong, and any additional wishes are fulfilled in no time. And that this team is just as engaged and motivated as the staff of a startup. And because your ‘own startup’ is responsible for the development, functionality and testing of the services, blaming each other when things go wrong is a thing of the past.
We are all seeking smarter ways of working but the question remains – how do we remain successful in today’s age of business disruption? And how do we, as professional testers remain relevant, engaged and motivated?
Do we need to master code and DevOps processes to deliver new levels of cross-functional synergy? And how can we apply new tools and methodologies to overcome the digital changes that are impacting each and every one of us? No matter how old, slow or disjointed your organisation may be today, your organisation has to compete with startups and be capable of delivering new services and adapting fast. In order for your organisation to become a stronger, digital business, innovation has to be on everybody’s agenda.
TestExpo™ 2016 will focus on mastering digital disruption, so that the testing community in the UK, can continue to learn from each other, and take away key insights that will help you to directly impact the success of your business.
This one-day conference will be structured around a series of themes. Keynote presentations, roundtable sessions and a director level panel, will allow all participants to join in, discuss their own experiences, and hear about improvements and innovations that are leading the digital charge today.
Andreas Sjostrom, VP and Global Head of Digital
An accelerated digital transformation agenda puts intensified pressure on quality assurance across all digital touchpoints.
In an environment where the winner in any market is most often also its digital master, the question of whether you’ll turn into a digital predator or prey finds its answer in your testing abilities.
Come and listen to Andreas Sjostrom, an internationally awarded digital strategist and Vice President at Sogeti, as he links business trends to practical aspects of automated testing, omnichannel, and cloud.
Jitesh Gosai, Senior Developer in Test, BBC Digital - Mobile Platforms
Exploring the journey of the BBC iPlayer Mobile App team’s pursuit to move faster and better; from 2-3 releases a year to every 4 weeks getting bug fixes and new features to their millions of users. We will take a deep dive into their Test and Automation approaches.
Sakis Ladopoulos, Test Manager / QA Lead, OpenBet
This is the story of a test team from J. R. R. Tolkien’s world, lost in disrupted processes. A story about how they found D.A.D. (Disciplined Agile Delivery) and transformed into powerful resources to gain success with DevOps. Above all, it is the story about how a software development organization formed its own proprietary structure, creating capacity, through a strong test team, to support different delivery methodologies while using DevOps internally.
Andrew Green, Manager, UK & Ireland Team, Applause
Today, simply providing a good app, web or mobile web experience is often insufficient. In today’s digital economy, your users expect a great experience no matter where the engagement occurs – the first time and every time. Because in today’s digital economy, where online presence is the gateway to brands and switching costs are lower than ever, users determine quality. So how do we ensure quality? Traditional approaches to testing alone can slow down the pace, but quick fix solutions are almost always subpar. The result is often an app or website that lags behind the business cycle or drives users away with a poor experience.
The solution? Listen to your users. They are giving you signals that you need to launch the great digital experiences they will love. Andrew Green, Manager of the UK & Ireland Team at Applause, will share real-world examples of how understanding user POV has helped brands of all size end internal arguments about quality and deploy testing approaches that launch great apps and websites users love.
Laurent Py, Product Manager, Hiptest and co-presenter Raphaël Citeau, Software Architect, Parkeon
During this talk Laurent will share the key learnings of a huge development project of a ticketing system. There were all the usual ingredients for failure: 3 years’ project, complex system managing 4000 connected devices, several partners involved in 6 countries… But this system was successfully delivered on time and budget. One of the key success factor was the adoption by the distributed teams of the Behavior Driven Development approach. So we’ll see:
- What were the key practices?
- What were the results and benefits?
George Wilson - Senior VP of Operations & Sales, Original Software
User Acceptance Testing is often treated as the poor relation of the software delivery family. Perhaps because it is after all the ‘real’ work is done and nothing good comes out of it, from the perspective of those involved in the previous stages.
Let’s face it, all UAT does, is find bugs or what users claim are bugs. Business users are generally thought to be resistant to the amount of time and effort that they need to perform tests or to validate their applications. This generally slows down the delivery of the current project and impacts the next project the team are trying to focus on.
A rather cynical view, but also rather true in many people’s minds. However, it is one of the most important areas of testing probably involving more people and more effort than previous stages. It is when the people who will actually be using the system get a chance to validate and understand how it works and how it impacts their day to day job.
It is hard work and made even harder because it is very often carried out without much practical support and assistance.
This presentation looks at some of the data from 2 recent surveys about UAT, one from the UK and another carried out in the US. The data exposes some of the common issues and challenges experienced in this area and explores with case studies how some organisations have addressed these problems and made their UAT process more effective, better managed and more integrated with the software delivery and the adoption process.
Jose Talavera, Technical Engineer, Perfecto Mobile
In this session, Perfecto's Jose Talavera will dive into how organizations can build a successful test coverage strategy that stays relevant even as the market shifts. Jose will discuss an innovative set of test coverage guides that address key challenges and also demonstrate a unique free online tool for testing teams and managers to use to make sure they’re testing on the most relevant devices and OS versions.
Audience takeaways:• Learn the key considerations for a winning mobile test coverage strategy
Mike Shaw, Director, Strategic Marketing, HP Software, Hewlett-Packard Company
Dan Cuellar, Head of Software Testing, FOODit
Appium has quickly become the most popular open source mobile test automation framework. Along the way, mistakes were made, lessons were learned, and occasionally we got things right. I’ve put together a collection of stories and lessons that I’d like to share with others to share how Appium triggered a revolution towards open source in the automated mobile testing space and to help everyone manage, contribute to, and consume open source software projects more effectively.
Sven van Laar, Test Automation Architect, Hotels.com an Expedia brand
More companies are moving towards a Continuous Delivery delivery model. At Hotels.com we have our own challenges achieving this. Especially around testing. Who is responsible for End 2 End testing and how do we keep our frameworks aligned with all the teams (distributed teams: UK, Hungary, Italy) delivering code independently?
FaaS (Framework as a Service) is our answer. It allows us to create a framework that supports multiple programming languages, is in lock step with all other teams and handles around 1000 variants (A/B tests) currently live on the website. By lowering maintenance and implementation of new functionality, also letting other teams (Ops, Security) piggy back on that framework, we want to minimize our efforts and increase quality.
Sven will talk about how they are achieving this.
Archie Roboostoff, Director, Product Management, Micro Focus
This informative session will look at two customer case studies. They outline how very different customers were able to execute and embrace DevOps practices by implementing automation across quality and release activities to enable continuous integration and delivery.
It will also highlight some best practices around:· Collaborating more effectively with business teams
Simon Lisk and Jawad Sethi, Capita
In 2013 Telefonica and Capita formed a strategic partnership to manage O2’s Customer Services Centres and deliver a digital service proposition for O2 customers. This proposition included Natural Language IVR which allows customers to state the reason for their call and be routed to the appropriate agent.
During this talk, we will cover some of the many challenges that we faced and overcame through the use of innovation in testing, and how you can improve your approach when testing IVR.
TestExpo is a great way to get ideas and to become empowered by your peers to make changes, great way to network.
The roundtable session provided the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences which was very welcome
Helpful as an introduction to issues faced in agile/ mobile testing and provided solutions on how to overcomes these challenges
A great event to learn about new tools and trends
I really enjoyed the roundtable a great opportunity to validate my test approaches and gain knowledge from likeminded people