04 October 2019, Johannesburg


Agile, Testing and DevOps: Are they a separate conversation or a progression of capability?

DevOps, Testing and Agile have shared environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these three methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes. The synergy involves building an evolving and a stable Continuous Integration (CI) Infrastructure, as well as an automated pipeline that moves deliverables from development to production to meet users’ expectations. They can work together, and the entire build process should be transparent, and it should enable and support development and operations. This transformation depends on: significant changes in culture; roles and responsibilities; team structure; tools and processes.

The Round Table session is for 45 minutes. The speaker at each table will have a set theme and delegates join any table that they are interested in. They are given all the topics with their joining instructions and again at the time of registration and so make their choice on the topics that they want to attend. This is a discussion group and so no presentation slides are necessary, but please submit a topic if you would like to chair a discussion on a topic related to Testing, Agile and DevOps.

Among the topic addressed are:

  • Adopt a “build-and-run” teams concept
  • Automation and SAFe
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Testing: “Measure twice, cut once”
  • Continuous Testing – running tests at each stage of s/w delivery pipeline.
  • Improve DevOps with SAFe
  • Automating for improved flow
  • The agile release train and continuous integration
  • Scrum board Gamification
  • Modern Software Testing
  • Sustainable Test Automation
  • Mob Programming
  • Team leadership
  • Individuals and interactions over process and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan…… have been achieved and helped establishing a faster and practical way of getting things done.

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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 Agile, Testing and DevOps.

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.


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08:45 - 09:00

15 Minutes

Speaker Name, Designation , Company Name

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Speaker Name, Designation , Company Name

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10:00 - 10:30

30 Minutes

Yamini Gajapathy, Head - Application Services - Africa, Wipro

Topic Abstract

The organisation focus for automation should be around:

  • Need Vs Want for Automation
  • RPA Vs IPA for BPM optimization
  • Inclsiveness of the workforce in the automation Journey for sustainability

Xolisa Vuza, Co-Founder & CEO, Akhani Technologies

Topic Abstract

Low code software development platforms are emerging as a strong option to close the glaring gap between the business and IT stakeholders because of the nature in which solutions are build and developed. These platforms also bring a strong element of agile dev ops as they are grounded around speed of delivery and iterative component building. We would like to share our approach to agile dev ops and how this can be achieved through the low code platform of our choice called OutSystems

12:45 - 13:45

15 Minutes

Syed Ahmed Mohiuddin, Director and Chief Architect, BITS Consultancy Services

Topic Abstract

Software testing has evolved over time starting with manual testing, automation tools to DevOps, continuous testing, CI/CD. The next evaluation in software testing is autonomous testing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not a new concept, however applying AI techniques to software testing has started just a couple of years ago and still in its infancy. In coming years, AI is inevitable to become part of the day-to-day software quality process.

AI will help to achieve software quality objectives. The AI algorithm and the various processes are based on introducing automation and better ‘intelligent’ analysis of any faults or errors within the software.

AI means artificially induced intelligence, enough brainpower to run the processes without extensive care. Artificial Intelligence will be able to observe users performing exploratory testing within the testing site, using the human brain to assess and identify the applications that are being tested. With the incorporation of AI in test creation, execution, and data analysis, testers can permanently do away with the need to update test cases manually and continually identify controls, spot links between defects and components in a far more effective manner.

Some of the key benefits of AI in software testing are:
1. Improved test accuracy by eliminating human errors and bugs faster
2. Improved test effectiveness and trustworthiness by reducing the manpower and lower cost
3. Go beyond the automated testing by generating possible diagnose scenarios
4. Help developers and testers with AI-based tools and eliminate manual routine tasks such as writing scripts, etc.
5. Eliminate all the excess things that are needed for the QA process.

In summary, AI will advance test accuracy and effectiveness, save time, give enhanced revenue and lower costs for all QA processes. Hereafter, it improves the competitive positioning of the organisation and customer experience


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15:15 - 15:45

30 Minutes

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45 Minutes


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16:30 - 17:15

45 Minutes


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