This event is co-located with Agile & DevOps Expo.

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 Testing.

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.

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  • Joint morning session with Agile & DevOps Expo -

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    Augmentation or replacement? Analytics, Identity and Judgement in a complex world

    Dave Snowden, CTO, Cognitive Edge


    Dave Snowden

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    Keynote: TBA

    Mark Lines, Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile


    Mark Lines

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    What roles should DevOps play in your agile transformation?

    Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

    Agile methods and tools have helped development teams focus on delivering smaller pieces of function quickly. This enables teams to test their assumptions about the explicit and implied needs of their target users earlier in the development process. However often these development processes are delivered by waterfall delivery processes which negate some of the advantages of the agile approach. This presentation will use example from various projects, how using a continuous delivery approach which takes advantage of DevOps tools, patterns and practices as well as cultural change, can unlock the innovation within a company and deliver functional enhancements and other changes to production more frequently and hence enhance mindshare and marketshare. It will also provide insights into how DevOps can enable the agile transformation and inform on how barriers to adoption can be overcome.


    Keith Watson

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    Test Automation without Assertions

    Dr. Jeremias Rößler, Founder & CEO Reset

    GUI test automation is broken — because regression testing is not testing, but version control of the behavior of the software.

    Gradually, an insight is gaining ground in the testing world: Test automation without assertions works better! Whether ApprovalsTest, Jest (Facebook, Open Source) or recheck (retest, Open Source) - the number of tools that work according to the approach of Golden Master Testing / Characterization Testing / Approval Testing is constantly increasing. This approach promises more robust tests with less effort for creation and maintenance, while all the while testing much more completely. What this means, which different tools are available (mostly Open Source), and where the strengths and weaknesses of this approach lie, will be explained in this presentation. Don't miss the next trend in test automation...


    Dr. Jeremias Rößler

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    High Quality Software : Automated Test Automation

    Burak Ergören, Test Automation Engineer, Sahibinden

    I will start with key points to consider when developing test automation project. Brief information about the continuous integration system and the logic of operation. Then i will explain how to take our existing test automation system further by using continuous integration.


    Burak Ergören

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    AI in QA - Right now and Next!

    Narendra Nagaram, Principal Consultant, Infosys Limited, India

    To keep pace with the digital momentum and aide the required agility as well as velocity, intelligence needs to be applied in testing augmenting test automation et al. Thus not helping achieving higher accuracy but build higher efficiencies propelling faster time to market objectives. Numerous AI services for QA are available in the market and this session focuses on the such trends as well as some insights into the scenarios that can be expected in future.


    Narendra Nagaram

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    Cultivate your career - 3 core skill-sets every tester needs.

    Steve Watson, Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs


    Steve Watson

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    How AI is transforming Test Automation.

    Daniel Gold, Head of QA & Automation,, Israel

    Demystifying AI, a review of key concepts in AI and machine learning, how it is related to software testing and what is the vision for AI in testing, how we used AI to process the DOM to handle dynamic locators, the technical challenges we encountered.

    All levels can learn and benefit of this presentation. These days AI and machine learning are big Buzzwords but not many truly understand what it is. We will review how AI and machine learning helps us handle dynamic locators in our web applications and what is its future in the testing industry.


    Daniel Gold

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    CASE STUDY: We are a Part of The Team Too

    Maryam Umar, Head of QA, Caplin Systems

    SDET. When a hiring manager finds out they have to hire/work with an SDET, there is bound to be confusion. What is this role? Do they only write tests? What’s the developer to tester ratio? Are they really developers? How can I help them progress?

    In this talk, I want to discuss the challenges of a test manager especially from the aspect of the team they manage. I will first discuss what value the role brings along-with the caveats of leadership in quality assurance. Most of the issues are around progression and how to gain respect in the team.

    I want to have a discussion at the end about how we can overcome these challenges as a community and how we can make SDeTs a part of the team too.


    Maryam Umar

For more information please get in touch with


Burak Ergören

Test Automation Engineer, Sahibinden

Daniel Gold

Head of QA & Automation,, Israel

Mark Lines

Managing Partner / DA Fellow, Disciplined Agile

Narendra Nagaram

Principal Consultant, Infosys Limited, India

Dr. Jeremias Rößler

Founder & CEO Reset

Dave Snowden

CTO, Cognitive Edge

Maryam Umar

Head of QA, Caplin Systems

Keith Watson

Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP

Steve Watson

Senior Test Manager, Octopus Labs

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2018 Programme

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

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

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    UNICOM’s Welcome

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    Chair’s scene setting

  • 09:15 -

    Keynote: Constraints, collaboration and coherence

  • 10:00 -

    Keynote: Putting the Customer First

  • 10:30 -

    Keynote: Agile Data for DevOps

  • 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!

  • 12:15 -

    Design Centric approach to Intelligent Automation (IA)

  • 12:45 -

    Keynote: Agile Revisited

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  • 14:15 -

    Round Table sessions

  • 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

  • 15:15 -

    Testing and debugging using record & replay technology

  • 15:30 -

    CASE STUDY: Please release me!

  • 15:50 -

    Tea / Coffee break

  • 16:05 -

    Best Practices to Leverage CI for Continuous Testing Visibility

  • 16:25 -

    Put on a Powersuit to Level Up your Automation Skills

  • 16:45 -

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

  • 17:00 -

    The importance of Test Automation and Continuous Delivery

  • 17:15 -

    Chair’s summing up and close of conference

  • 17:30 -

    Drinks reception

2018 Speakers

Ian Bissett

Head of Technical Practices, Infuse

Sune Engsig


Sai Krishna


Greg Law

Co-founder & CEO/CTO, Undo

Mark Lines

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Jay Livens

Senior Director, Product Marketing, Actifio

Gary Moore


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


Elizabeth Fiennes

Scott Logic, Lead Test Engineer

Dusanka Lecic

Test Developer,Levi9 Technology Services, Serbia

Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová

Independent Agile coach and trainer

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