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:
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.
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.
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
Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge
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.
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
Shane Kelly, Test Manager, Sky Betting and Gaming
♦ Do we really need to test software that should just work well enough to gain valuable customer feedback as early as possible?
♦ Putting effort into fixing quickly is better spent than validating what we should already know
♦ Following true Test-Driven Development, code should be built while it is tested and so once it's complete its ready to be deployed
We have all worked on software projects where deployment has been held up due to large amounts of testing still needing to be covered or defects that need fixing. On occasion people put in robust "Quality Gates" that can slow up deployment, due to certain criteria not being met or pre-defined testing levels not being achieved. But what about if we were to say "Don't test! just put it live" and actually deploy straight from development into production. This means that the development team are now supporting the product right away in a true Devops approach. Hopefully, due to the fact that they need to fix any issues that have been released then their initial development approach has been so solid that there are minimum issues being found in live.
Maryam Umar, Independent Software Quality professional, Capital One
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.
Tom Gilb, Consultant, Methods Inventor, Senior Partner at GILB.com
The intent of Agile has always been value delivery. But the unfortunate reality is that the practice of agile today is focused on solving all problems by generating code. We totally fail to quantitatively define the multiple values we want. We fail to systematically pursue them. The agile failure (to deliver value) rate is 19% to 40%. We should be closer to Zero Failure. This talk will present specific practical methods for managing agile value delivery.
Mark Buenen, VP Global Leader Digital Assurance & Testing Practice, Sogeti Group
Technology continues to evolve at pace, and customers and employers alike are driving ever greater demands for excellence: innovation, faster delivery, an outstanding user experience. This keynote presentation will look at the key trends that are affecting the software testing industry, and the future that awaits us, with a particular focus on:
♦ How digital transformation is affecting QA and Testing
♦ How we can transform from automated test execution to intelligence driven testing
♦ What is the future for testers in a DevOps world
Ian Smith, Head of Innovation, ROQ
From customer service chatbots to self-driving cars, AI has already begun to be adopted by some of the world’s most innovative companies. Machine learning will soon cross into the mainstream of software development, with more and more organisations looking to harness its power – resulting in non-deterministic behaviours in software becoming even more prevalent. In this talk, ROQ’s Head of Innovation, Ian Smith, will share his point of view on the impact AI will have on testing and offer thoughts and ideas around what you can do to move forward on your AI journey.
Mark Lines, Enterprise Agile Coach, Disciplined Agile Consortium
“DevOps” is the most popular, and most misunderstood, buzzword in the IT industry today. In this talk Mark Lines will explore what DevOps is in practice. He will address what DevOps means for established enterprises that are dealing with decades of legacy solutions and legacy cultures to overcome. He will also explore why Disciplined DevOps entails much more than just Development + Operations to be truly effective.
Renato Quedas, Director Product Management, Micro Focus
Automation is critical to achieving a more efficient software delivery environment. One of the largest areas of improvement across any DevOps toolchain is with software testing automation. While open source projects are critical across all functional areas of a toolchain, Selenium is probably the most widely used. The challenge with Selenium is to gain the most efficiencies while not spending too much time on the 'Selenium learning curve,’ which tends to hold most organisations back.
Please join us as we highlight the pros and cons of using Selenium and learn about some best practices in recording, managing and executing Selenium tests. In addition to this, we will highlight:
♦ Embrace DevOps practices using the power of open source
♦ Easily record, run, export and manage Selenium scripts for “industrial/enterprise” use cases
♦ Deliver true cross browser/device testing automation solutions for your environment
Francis Miles, Head of Customer Experience, Infuse
Regression is not easily understood, as it seemingly manifests from nowhere. But if you can identify methods to help spot quality failure ‘trends’, you stand a better chance of understanding the root causes. This presentation serves to highlight a number of risk identification and planning techniques that you could add to your arsenal!
Dan McFall, President, Mobile Labs
In today’s mobile world, developers, testers and QA are required to build, test and deploy mobile apps faster than ever. Join Mobile Labs’ President Dan McFall who will discuss how a mobile device cloud solution helps control the chaos of mobile testing and device sharing across dispersed enterprise mobility teams.
Alexander Mohr, Evangelist, Service Virtualization & Agile Transformation, Tricentis
Far too often the dream of a successful Digital Transformation shatters against low test coverage, false negatives and insignificant system tests. Learn how to overcome the typical roadblocks in Enterprise Continuous Integration, how to enable Agile teams to retrieve immediate and significant quality feedback, accelerating application delivery in typical mixed legacy and modern system environments.
Hubert Gasparitz, Test Automation Engineer, Ranorex GMBH
New technologies, multidisciplinary teams, time pressure – test automation is key in tackling digital changes in Agile and DevOps environments. Today, the entire team, including QA-engineers and developers, is responsible for quality. It is essential to choose a test automation solution that fits the team member’s individual skills, matches their competences and goals. In this short product demo, Hubert Gasparitz will explain the core benefits of the Ranorex test automation framework, demonstrate how it is best used in DevOps and Agile environments, and how your team will successfully achieve their test automation goals with Ranorex.
Join this presentation to learn about:
♦ How to use Ranorex in an Agile or DevOps environment
♦ Why the script-free and code-based Ranorex tools are perfectly suitable for collaboration
♦ How Ranorex works in a continuous delivery environment
♦ Creating script-free Selenium web tests
♦ Making web tests scalable using Selenium Grids
Mark Winteringham, Co-founder, Software Testing Clinic
There have been times when I have struggled with Automated acceptance testing, Test Driven Design and Acceptance Test Driven Design and how it impacts my role. I've also seen other testers struggle with too. Whether it's Testers being pushed out of roles in favour of Developers automating all their acceptance tests or automators spending hours tearing their hair out maintaining brittle end to end tests, there's no denying it. Automated acceptance tests simply don’t work as tests and can have a substantially negative impact on a test strategy. But why don't they work and why use them at all if they don't?
The automated acceptance testing paradox' draws on my experiences to help answer these questions by:
♦ Investigating the role of 'Acceptance testing', what are they? and who deems them as 'Acceptable'?
♦ The misconceptions around the benefits of Automated acceptance testing, ATDD and TDD.
♦ The paradox of how the tools used in theses approach cannot completely determine a feature 'acceptable'
♦ Present the real benefits of TDD and ATDD and how they can sit alongside your test strategy in harmony to help create a more robust testing strategy.
Mark Fewster, Grove Software Testing Ltd
Equivalence Partitioning and Boundary Value Analysis are software testing techniques that have been around a long time. Many testers use them, or the concept, instinctively. However, things change, technologies and testing practices move on. Are these classic techniques now past their sell-by date or are they still useful techniques for testers today?
Steve Watson, Director Quality Engineering, Reed Business Information
As testers, we tend to focus more on improving our technical skills, and less on the behavioural competencies that we also need, causing a skills imbalance.
In this session, Steve will explain the behavioural competencies we need in order to become 'well rounded' testers, how we can identify the gaps, and some practical steps to address them.