Background

Software testing and QA is set to grow in significance over the years. Our annual event as usual puts the emphasis to showcase and nurture thought leadership in this area. The day is aligned to our clients’ business objectives and investments, to provide sustained benefits & improved ROI.

The key focus will be on software engineering, testing, development, quality engineered software and testing (QUEST), Testing the Social Mobile Analytics and Cloud (SMAC). There will sharing of practical experiences, extended knowledge-sharing sessions, “Round Table” discussions for sharing insights and industry trends. Amongst many related topics, the event addresses areas such as agile, test design, automation, performance, security, and DevOps. This coupled with networking has the scope for open-mindedness and sharing throughout the day. There are pre and post conference workshops too on specific topics. An exhibition alongside featuring leading service providers, consultants and vendors from the three topic areas – Testing, Agile and DevOps.

The event is very much relevant for QA experts, developers, testers, test managers and even management / business leaders to understand the impact Testing has on the business front.

Topics to be covered:

  • The evolving role of the tester
  • Exploratory testing
  • Collaboration between testers and developers
  • Testing Blockchain applications
  • Testing in the world of IoT
  • VR Testing
  • Testing AI applications

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Call for Participation

We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of TestExpo.

We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

Programme

  • Joint Morning session with Agile & DevOps Expo and Enterprise AI -

  • Chair for the joint morning session: Gary Moore, Vice President, Sogeti -

  • 09:00 -

    UNICOM’s Welcome

  • 09:05 -

    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:15 -

    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge

    Ensuring closer collaboration between business, development, operations and testing has been a long term goal of DevOps, Lean and Agile alike in many manifestations. But are silos's always a bad thing? What is the right balance between specialist knowledge and general understanding and capability? How far can any such integration use models and methods that originate in manufacturing? How to we deal with outliers and unintended consequences?

    Speakers:

    Dave Snowden

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Putting the Customer First

    Gary Moore, Vice President, Sogeti

    The demands on QA are evolving at pace, this is creating new challenges for QA departments and test practitioners, requiring a new focus on outcomes, speed of delivery and predicting the future. This keynote looks at the key trends that are effecting the software testing industry, and the key findings that are changing the way that we operate, and need to operate. We will focus on:

        * The focus on Customer outcomes and consumer trust that is now a must
        * The QA skills required in the world of Dev/Ops.
        * Automation, Metrics and the move to the use of Artificial Intelligence

    Speakers:

    Gary Moore

  • 10:30 -

    Keynote: Agile Data for DevOps

    Jay Livens, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Actifio

    Does it make sense to test today's code with last year's data? Learn how full fidelity virtual databases delivered on-demand via orchestration tools and RESTful APIs can help you build better quality applications faster.

    Speakers:

    Jay Livens

  • 10:50 -

    Introduction to sponsors and supporting bodies

  • 11:00 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 11:30 -

    Keynote: Governance, Phases, and Milestones are not Agile dirty words!

    Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium

    Despite claims to the contrary, the need for governance does not disappear for agile projects. Your project sponsors have a right to know the status of the health and risk of their investments. But trying to blend traditional agile methods such as Scrum with traditional stage gate approaches can cause frustration for both project teams and their stakeholders. In this talk Mark Lines will share how to apply lightweight agile governance using the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework

    Speakers:

    Mark Lines

  • 12:15 -

    Design Centric approach to Intelligent Automation (IA)

    Deepak Sharma, RPA Evangelist

    The Design Centric approach to RPA that focuses on top-down development, object-orientated implementation, and collaborative processes between operations and IT. This holds tremendous potential for enterprise customers to reach the next level in business process optimization and to act as a catalyst for digital transformation & business model innovation.

    Speakers:

    Deepak Sharma

  • 12:45 -

    Keynote: Agile Revisited

    Dan North, Principal, Dan North Associates

    In 2001 a group of programmers proposed the word "agile" to describe a set of values they shared. Several of these programmers had already developed methods based on these values. The values are universal, that's how they were chosen. The methodologies, however, were designed for the technology landscape of the 1990s. Think of all the changes in technology and business practise in the last 25 years. If that seems too daunting just think about the last five years. In taking "Agile" mainstream, we adopt these ancient practises on faith while losing sight of the values that inspired them.

    How do agile values map to the modern landscape of massive computing power and storage on demand, languages that compile faster than you can type, computers in your pocket more powerful than the previous generation's mainframes, home broadband fast enough to stream high-definition video?

    It's time to revisit what agile software development really means. The previous generation moved the delivery horizon from years to months. Now we need to think in days or even hours.

    Speakers:

    Dan North

  • 13:15 -

    LUNCH

  • 14:15 -

    Round Table sessions

    Comparing the leading Agile Enterprise Frameworks: SAFe, Disciplined Agile, LeSS, and Spotify?
    Scott Ambler + Associates

    Continuous Testing for DevOps
    Perfecto

    Distributed Agile development and automation best practices
    coMakeIT

    Five secrets of building a successful DevOps career
    Savinder Puri, DevOps Evangelist, UK & Europe,Zensar Technologies (UK) Ltd.

    Increasing software reliability: traditional vs. new methodologies and technologies
    Dr Greg Law, CTO, Undo

    How Intelligent Automation can be industrialized by applying a collaborative methodology between Business Operations and Technology
    Deepak Sharma, Jidoka

    IT teams guided by the following principles:
    ♦ Empowering Business Operations
    ♦ Engaging Technology Development Teams
    ♦ Embracing AI technologies
    ♦ Promoting industry good practices for Software engineering , i.e. Agile, DevOps

    How to accelerate and automate DevOps cycles
    Actifio

    Can AI replace management?
    Dan Hooper, Piccadilly Group

    Mitigating business disruption and life on-call improved
    PagerDuty

  • 14:45 -

    Change to separate tracks

  • Afternoon session on Testing -

  • Chair: Barry Weston, Sogeti -

  • 14:55 -

    Chair’s introduction

  • 15:00 -

    How to Achieve Continuous and Automated Performance Testing in Your Agile and DevOps Environment

    Thomas Ripoche, VP Sales, Neotys

    In this talk, we demonstrate in a live demo how performance tests can be efficiently integrated into DevOps environments.
    We'll show you how to incorporate performance testing into your Continuous Integration tool chain so you can test at every stage of the development process - from automated API and component testing to system-wide application testing.
    You will also see from a case study how a NeoLoad customer has implemented this.

    Speakers:

    Thomas Ripoche

  • 15:15 -

    Testing and debugging using record & replay technology

    Greg Law, Co-founder & CEO/CTO, Undo

    How do you go about testing a complex feature-rich multi-threaded application of highly optimised C/C++ code that is SAP HANA? A huge code base, non-deterministic factors, continuous integration and more advanced testing methodologies lead to a growing number of intermittent test failures which are often difficult to reproduce and investigate. Worryingly, these sporadic failures are building up over time, like a pile of dirty laundry nobody wants to talk about...

    The SAP HANA engineering team spent months analysing logs from failed tests - often with no success. Eventually, they tried a new method: recording test failures and replaying the recording files in a reversible debugger in order to see exactly what the HANA software did.

    This short talk will explore how the SAP HANA engineering team managed to catch and fix sporadic memory leaks and race conditions ... before they reached customers. Their true commitment to software quality is a big part of why they are leading the field in the in-memory revolution.

    Speakers:

    Greg Law

  • 15:30 -

    CASE STUDY: Please release me!

    Maryam Umar, Caplin Systems

    A song sung by every engineer who wants to deploy to production... I hold a vision of having every single commit being release-ready for production. This is what every team should strive for and put processes in place which enable it. But visions are meant to be contested.

    I recently took on the responsibility of release management of a very tricky and major project. There was no infrastructure and no guidelines on how to do this. In this talk, I will tell you why I volunteered for this role; what inspired me; the principles that guided me, and what process I put in place. There will be mention of system tests and how they enabled the group to gain confidence about their releases. I will also talk about the team dynamics which informed the initial difficulty and eventual success for release management.

    Speakers:

    Maryam Umar

  • 15:50 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 16:05 -

    Best Practices to Leverage CI for Continuous Testing Visibility

    Tzvika Shahaf, Director of Product, Perfecto

    Tzvika Shahaf, director of Product Management at Perfecto who leads DigitalZoom Reporting & Analytics solution is going cover during his demo the best practices to leverage CI tools to enable Continuous Testing visibility.

    The presentation will address some of the challenges organizations are facing when implementing Continuous Testing as part of their DevOps with focus on test data analysis, escaped defects and velocity blockers.

    The demo will focus on a real day-in-a-life of a DevOps Engineer. From the moment of triggering a Jenkins Build up until a real defect is being identified and fully analyzed.

    Speakers:

    Tzvika Shahaf

  • 16:25 -

    Put on a Powersuit to Level Up your Automation Skills

    Sune Engsig, LEAPWORK

    Too many test automation projects fail because of unnecessary barriers: Highly specialized technical expertise, a very long training process, or both. Getting automation off the ground requires the right tool and shared ownership in the test team.

    Join LEAPWORK’s Senior Product Evangelist Sune Engsig for an energetic talk about how every member on a test team can play their part in achieving automation success.

    This session is for testers of every kind: Domain specialists, technical testers, test management, and more. You are guaranteed to come away with a completely different idea about how test automation can be rolled out – and what you can do with it.

    Speakers:

    Sune Engsig

  • 16:45 -

    Code Once Test Anywhere: On Demand Private Appium Device Cloud using ATD

    Sai Krishna, Lead Consultant, ThoughtWorks

    Mobile Test Automation is increasingly becoming very important. Almost all web applications are responsive these days and it's very important to test how the application works across devices. The same is true with the native application as well. At the same time, the number of devices and the custom OS versions on devices are also vast. This means that it's harder for a tester to manually run the automated tests over a list of devices to get device coverage and quicker results over every feature development.

    We came up with a solution of executing tests in distributed or parallel fashion across remote devices from anywhere in the network using Appium Test Distribution.

    Speakers:

    Sai Krishna

  • 17:00 -

    The importance of Test Automation and Continuous Delivery

    Ian Bissett, Head of Technical Practices, Infuse

    While automation is not new in the testing community, a large majority of software companies are still yet to fully understand and embrace test automation into their release process, relying solely on traditional manual testing methods instead. Using experience gained over the last 20 years, Infuse's Head of Technical Practices Ian Bisset will be explaining why automation has become an essential part of modern software delivery and how tools such as Jenkins, Selenium and Infuse's useMango product can be utilized to create a Continuous Delivery pipeline to help speed releases and reduce Production defects.

    Speakers:

    Ian Bissett

  • 17:15 -

    Chair’s summing up and close of conference

  • 17:30 -

    Drinks reception

Speakers

Ian Bissett

Head of Technical Practices, Infuse

Sune Engsig

LEAPWORK

Sai Krishna

ThoughtWorks

Greg Law

Co-founder & CEO/CTO, Undo

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Jay Livens

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Actifio

Gary Moore

Sogeti

Dan North

Principal, Dan North Associates

Savinder Puri

DevOps Evangelist, UK & Europe,Zensar Technologies (UK) Ltd.

Thomas Ripoche

VP Sales at Neotys

Tzvika Shahaf

Director of Product, Perfecto

Deepak Sharma

RPA Evangelist

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Maryam Umar

Caplin Systems

Barry Weston

Sogeti

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  • Millennium Gloucester Hotel,
    4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH

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