February 03, 2017




100 Tickets


8+ Professional Speakers

About the event

Test Automation Summit brings together people who are passionate about automation testing - enthusiastic and experienced speakers and delegates, who learn from each other through review presentations, case studies and round table discussions.

Learn more about Test Automation Framework, Functional and Non Functional Test Automation, Mobile Test Automation, Web Test Automation and many more.

Agile Testing Summit is focused more on collaborative learning from the people who are involved in agile testing, and want to explore the future of Agile. With a focus on best practices, our events allow attendees to explore strategies surrounding TDD, BDD, ATDD, Continuous Testing and many more.

DevOps Summit brings together leading practitioner-organizations who have achieved Continuous Delivery and organizational transformation. Companies going through Mergers and Acquisitions will inherit these systems too and be faced with similar situations. Companies need to find out the many initiatives that increase the efficiency and agility within the enterprise and balance system uptime and stability while bringing alignment between Dev and Ops.

Conference or Event Schedule

X Topic Abstract

Have you ever been a part of a team where BDD turned from productive collaboration into nitpicking the specifics of a Given When Then example? Have you seen the focus move from shared understanding to automation? Why does this happen?

Katrina will share the reasons that she’s seen an initial enthusiasm for BDD turn into a reluctance to participate. Based on her experiences in a variety of agile teams, she will introduce the idea of a BDD lifecycle and explain the actions or behaviours that might trigger a team to move through the stages of her model. She’ll also explain why some teams just want chocolate.

You’ll leave this session with an understanding of where your current process fits in the model, ideas to drive movement through the lifecycle by creating change in your team, and reassurance to the battle-hardened that you are not alone in your experiences with BDD.

Speaker Profile

Katrina Clokie has over a decade in the IT industry. Her previous job titles have included Software Developer, Solution Delivery Engineer, and Automation Tester. She currently serves a team of about 30 testers as a Testing Coach in Wellington, New Zealand.

Katrina is an active contributor to the international testing community as the founder and editor of Testing Trapeze magazine, a co-founder of the WeTest New Zealand testing community, a mentor with Speak Easy, an international conference speaker, frequent blogger and tweeter.

X Topic Abstract

Automation is something most testing departments have had a go with, with mixed results. In 2016 I took a series of interviews across Datacom to find out how we were using and had evolved our approach to automation across the organisation. This talk looks at the findings from that research

Speaker Profile

Mike Talks is a Test Manager at Digital Identity Solutions within Datacom, with experience of both agile transition and developing automation. He was one of the lead reviewers on Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory's More Agile Testing.

X Topic Abstract

Tools and frameworks serve as an important driving agent for a test automation process. With a myriad selection of tools available, how should an organisation or team decide which is the right one? What about the right test automation framework to use with your tool(s)? The answer is “it depends…”!

Speaker Profile

Jaco van Tonder is a technical specialist (test automation) at IAG Insurance with many years of industry experience. He is currently part of a team that is establishing a continuous delivery pipeline at IAG.

Round Table Discussion

Participants join a table to discuss one or more of the Conference themes - (Agile Testing; Test Automation; DevOps, etc.) Each table has a "Topic Guru" to facilitate the discussion.

X Topic Abstract

Exploratory Testing has its origins around the turn of the century (sounds historical doesn’t it) when one or two enterprising individuals dared to suggest that perhaps developing test scripts and executing them wasn’t the only way to test software. Fast forward to today where Exploratory Testing is a well-accepted practice that some individuals swear by (and some even more than that!). However one the challenges that Test Managers are always faced with when deploying is how to track and measure progress from a technique that by its very nature, is not given to providing many mechanisms to measure against. Let me share with you an approach that I’ve developed by building upon the suggestions and innovations of others from within this discipline that can build into a full set of indicators and meaningful information to keep any project manager happy.

Speaker Profile

Geoff Horne has an extensive background in test programme/project directorship & management, advisory, architecture and general consulting. He established & run ISQA as a testing consultancy in NZ between 2000 & 2007, which grew to enjoy an international clientele covering not only NZ but also Australia, USA & United Kingdom. Since then he has undertaken senior test management roles across a number of diverse industry sectors in NZ & Australia and launched the NZTester magazine in 2012, operating as both editor and publisher.

Geoff has also written a variety of white papers on the subject of software testing and has been a regular speaker at testing conferences. He is married with four children and in his spare time enjoys writing and recording contemporary rock & blues, in addition to carrying a penchant for collecting beat up old guitars.

X Topic Abstract

At Xero we’re using Machine Learning and A.I to make accounting more accessible to small business owners by predicting account codes and providing an always accessible chatbot to answer those tricky questions.

What does this all mean for the human development teams behind the machines?

If the goal of Machine Learning is to make decisions without the need for human intervention, where does that leave us?

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that testing is no longer required but it does mean that testing is changing. It means that we need to understand the human interactions with our software more now than ever before. By looking at the output of results of an algorithm under test, we can help teach the software how to address unexpected inputs and also understand which algorithm is best suited to our goals.

Just like humans, while machine’s are learning, mistakes are bound to be made. This is why human intervention is so important throughout the learning process. By explaining the different phases of learning concentrating on Supervised Learning leading to Unsupervised Learning, I will show how being a creatively unique human thinker can prevent unfavourable decisions being made by the algorithms.

To conclude, I will be drawing parallels with the Industrial Revolution and the introduction of manufacturing that made production quicker. I will also show how there will always be a need for those of us passionate about our craft.

The introduction of the printing press is estimated to have produced as many books in the following 50 years as were produced in the previous 1200. With the use of machine learning we’re seeing more decisions being made faster than ever before. If decision making is the currency of the A.I, then understanding and being uniquely human is the currency of us.

Speaker Profile

Working in IT product development for over 8 years, Stephanie has been focused on helping deliver quality outcomes through research, analysis and testing.

Most recently she used her skills and experience to uncover insights about user behaviour that can be used to help deliver beautiful experiences.

Part of this work includes workshop facilitation with development teams, data analytics, usability testing and baseline testing presented back to teams in a meaningful way.

Currently work for Xero as a QA Team Lead, leadership is a huge part of her role but she still get’s her hands dirty keeping up with current testing practices and skills. A big focus for us at the moment is working with ML algorithms to improve how we predict user inputs.

X Topic Abstract

Deploying code safely and reliably to production is key to Continuous Delivery. At Trade Me we do this multiple times per day, yet have an 18 year old large monolithic codebase.

How do we go about doing this? What are some of the problems that we have faced? How have we have scaled this as we have grown? How do we look after our changes once in production?

Speaker Profile

At Trade Me, Dave heads up the Application Delivery team which look after building things like our API, search and data platforms, our deploy processes and also our development and test practices.


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Event Speakers

Sudhindra V

Ex - Chief Design Officer, India


Katrina Clokie

Testing Coach

Bank of New Zealand

Michael Talks

Test Manager


Jaco van Tonder

Technical Specialist - Testing

IAG New Zealand

Geoff Horne

NZTester & OZTester Magazines


Stephanie Wilson

Quality Assurance Team Lead


David Williams

Head of Application Delivery

Trade Me

Event Price list (03rd)

Super Early Bird

$ 299
(NZD 434)
Till 31st December

Early Bird

$ 399
(NZD 578)
Till 21st January


$ 499
(NZD 723)
Till 03rd February

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Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevOps Summit in Wellington is open to anyone who has an interest in the DevOps works in the technology/telecoms industry or any related field.

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