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Background and Focus

Since the Agile Manifesto in 2001, almost every business sector has been “doing Agile” in some form or another. But now, with the uncertainty in the current work world, organisations have changed and investigated how to adopt and use new agile practices and have also examined the practices of others and seen the values that could be adapted to suit the business aspect.

In the last decade, DevOps practitioners, too have changed their focus from development and built their operational capabilities and become customer facing with emphasis on actual business value and revenue.

Testers have always been at the coal face of ensuring that “stuff works as it should”. Is there anything different in the actual testing of new digital products, new interfaces with clients which must always provide the optimum user experience?

Agile, DevOps and Testing have shared environments that facilitate working together. Spurred by greater demand for excellence, these methods are more than simply adopting new tools and processes. They are working together to build transparent processes with an aim to meet the customers’ expectations and generate revenue.

This event is mainly focused for participants from different countries in the APAC, IST & BST time zones. Hence the start and end times have been chosen for the convenience of these participants.
SGT: START TIME: 11:25, END TIME: 17:00
AEST: START TIME: 13:25, END TIME: 19:00
BST: START TIME: 04:25, END TIME: 10:00
IST: START TIME: 08:55, END TIME: 14:30


  • DevOps and Continuous Integration Testing (CI)
  • Agile Software Testing
  • Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD)
  • Cloud-Based Performance Testing
  • Web Services Testing
  • Mobile Applications Testing
  • Microcontainers
  • Serverless Architecture
  • Future of Containers
  • Success metrics of Agile
  • Performance Testing
  • Automation for continuous deployment
  • The evolution of Kubernetes
  • BDD and ATDD
  • Leveraging AI into Testing
  • Agile Scrum and Agile XP
  • AI approach to Testing
  • Barriers to adoption of Testing
  • Testers as Quality advocates
  • DevOps as a tool for process change
  • DevFinOps; BusDevOps
  • Gherkin and Model Based Testing
  • Agile and DevOps – moving with flow based awareness
  • Implementing security
  • Moving from monoliths to microservices
  • AI & ML
  • Enterprise Application Testing
  • Agile Test Management
  • Test Automation

Popular DevOps tool chain products and supporting technologies: Jenkins continuous integration server ● Docker containerization platform ● Git version control system ● Apache Maven Build Management Tool ● New Relic analytics platform ● Splunk operational Intelligence Platform ● Puppet, Ansible ● Chef Configuration Management Systems.

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UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

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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 vision in these three fields. Please let us know too if you would like to participate in panel sessions only. Please also get in touch if you would like to participate in the Round Table session.

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 important topics of discussion / panels where you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.

We are also planning short “how to do” sessions or full-day workshops to run as pre or post conference events. Let us know if you have a related topic that you want to run as a workshop or an extended briefing.

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


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Day One
Day Two


11:30: The QA/QE Role – Supporting DevOps the Smart Way Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Melissa Tondi, Quality Engineering Leadership, E*TRADE/Morgan Stanley

Melissa Tondi, Quality Engineering Leadership, E*TRADE/Morgan Stanley

Focusing on more valuable automation, shifting traditional “right” tasks left, and tailoring refinement to account for more efficient activities are some of the topics we’ll discuss. You’ll take away practical outcomes that will be relevant no matter where you are in your DevOps implementation.

The role of QA/QE tends to be ambiguous within Agile teams who are pursuing the DevOps approach within their SDLC. There are many misconceptions around QE’s role, automation, and which agile ceremonies make sense in DevOps. Melissa will share her insight on how she consults with companies – from startups to Fortune 100 companies – on the innovative ways QA/QE can add value to DevOps by focusing on efficient tasks.

View Melissa Tondi’s video

11:50: Q&A Discussion

12:00: Transition Break

12:05 Evolvable Architecture Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Ben Beattie-Hood, Frontend Practice Lead and Staff Mentor, PageUp

Ben Beattie-Hood, Frontend Practice Lead and Staff Mentor, PageUp

In agile, the primary focus is remaining adaptable to ongoing discovery of user needs. In this talk we’ll look at why, what happens when we deliver software, and how to build evolvable software safely.

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12:25: Q&A Discussion

12:35: Break and Exhibition Booth Viewing

12:40: Adopting DevOps and Cloud Native with ‘Cloud-Native PostgreSQL’ Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Alok Mishra, Solutions Architect, EDB

Alok Mishra, Solutions Architect, EDB

Digital transformation is not a choice, it is necessary for survival and open source is key to successful and sustainable digital transformation.

Learn how Cloud-native technologies , Microservices architectures, New App development are now the buzzwords in an organization’s digital transformation journey to help them realize business & customer value. Central to all digital transformation efforts is the need for a robust and compliant database management system. Find out how EDB’s cloud native solution (Cloud Native PostgreSQL) can help you in connecting the dots in Agile & DevOps spaces

View Alok Mishra’s video

13:10: Q&A Discussion

13:20: Break and Exhibition Booth Viewing

13:25 Essential Steps to Successful User Acceptance Testing – in CRM and similar projects Read More

Gill Walker, CRM Success Catalyst, Founder and Managing Director, Opsis

Can you have a successful user acceptance testing – when other aspects of the project are lacking? UAT can be the saviour of the project. UAT – when done well – can solve those earlier problems.

This presentation shows how to ensure your project’s success through User Acceptance Testing.

13:45: Q&A Discussion

13:55: Transition Break

14:00: Transformation to SAFe Agile software development framework Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Wenqing Zhang, Senior Software Test & QA Manager, Dyson

Wenqing Zhang, Senior Software Test & QA Manager, Dyson

1. What is the benefit and challenge transition to SAFe Agile framework?
2. How to quickly adapt to SAFe Agile ?
3. How to build-up build-in quality into SAFe Agile software development?

View Wenqing Zhang’s video

14:20: Q&A Discussion


14:40: DevOps as a tool for process change Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Yasha Dabas, Enterprise Transformation Lead, Cloud & DevOps – Technology & Innovation, SCB, Standard Chartered Bank

Yasha Dabas, Enterprise Transformation Lead, Cloud & DevOps – Technology & Innovation, SCB, Standard Chartered Bank

A story of a large century old bank that went through deep transformation. A living example of how one can cultivate a start-up culture in a large enterprise that can start with agility in mindset along with an introduction of chain of tools integrated in form of DevOps pipeline – a true example of how small fire can ignite a revolution that can change the DNA of the organisation.

View Yasha Dabas’s video

15:00: Q&A Discussion

15:10: Transition Break

15:15: Automation for continuous deployment Read More
Jay Sah, Automation Lead, Autodesk

Jay Sah, Automation Lead, Autodesk

Automation testing is traditionally known for reducing the effort of manual work, companies wanted to reduce the cost of testing by automating manual test. Now software has become more and more complex and in the world of Agile Software development rapid/frequent release is the norm, so how can we ensure that the releasing product has not major bugs. Well continuous testing is the answer

15:35: Q&A Discussion

15:45: Transition Break

Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

The speed of change in technology capability often means that the business is not aware of what is possible and any specification of needs is limited in consequence. Making a business case for the adoption of new approaches is often focused on justifying the IT organisation as a delivery capability rather than a partner in achieving strategic objectives. Mapping unarticulated needs against known capability, creating artifactual structures that all a co-evolution of business need with technological capability, focusing on structures that are resilient, able to resolve problems that cannot currently be predicteed. Based on the recently pubushed EU Commission Field Guide to managing Complexity (and Chaos) this presentation will identity new pathways that help shift technology from need driven capability to strategic partner.

16:20: Q&A Discussion

16:30: Panel Discussion with the day’s speakers, sponsors and guests.

17:00: Networking and End of Day One


11:30: Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Mike Lyles, Director Of Qa & Pm, Bridgetree

Mike Lyles, Director Of Qa & Pm, Bridgetree

How many times have you heard statements like, “How did we miss this in test”, “This defect doesn’t happen on my machine”, “We do not need automation”, or “We are waiting on testing to give us the green light”?

Many years ago, Stephen Covey made the statement “Nothing Fails Like Success”. He spoke on how that the things we do to be successful today may not be enough for success tomorrow. This powerful statement can be directly applied to how that the changing landscape of IT is affecting the roles of our project teams. Processes, tools, and approaches that were once successful years ago may not be enough today, tomorrow, and beyond.

This concept relates heavily with the role of test teams today. Discussions we used to have years ago are no longer as relevant now. Waterfall teams have migrated to Agile & DevOps, and there is a need for strategic changes in how we operate within a project and how we communicate across teams.

In this presentation, we will discuss many of the well-known phrases, philosophies, and theories around testing of years past, and how that we must overcome the obstacles and be successful today. We will discuss how the dynamics within the teams must change, and most importantly, how you, as a tester, can influence across the organization.

View Mike Lyles’s video

11:50: Q&A Discussion

12:00: Transition Break

12:05: How to plan and execute your application modernisation roadmap Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Gerald Bachlmayr, Chief Architect – AWS, Anchor

Gerald Bachlmayr, Chief Architect – AWS, Anchor

As a business you need to react quickly to changing customer demands. In order to focus on your customer facing application you want to avoid taking on any work that can be done by your cloud provider. In this presentation we will explore how you can modernise your application to maximise your customer focus.

View Gerald Bachlmayr’s video

12:25: Q&A Discussion

12:35: Break and Exhibition Booth Viewing

12:55: The Cost of Not Being Agile Read More & WATCH VIDEO

Sean Burke-Gaffney, Head of Architecture, Cleverguy Consulting.

Agile has become the norm. Or so you would think. Many organisations use the term but in practice they are still stuck in old ways of doing things, legacy infrastructure and out of date software. This presentation will outline the risks companies take on by standing still and show a few simple things that any company can do to gain momentum.

View Sean Burke-Gaffney’s video

13:15: Q&A Discussion

13:25: Transition Break

13:30: The best defence is offense: testing your security through game days Read More & Watch Video

Jeremy Nagel, Software Lead, Okra Solar

At 3pm on 26th Feb, a hacker group called the Broccoli Gang attacked Okra Solar and completely compromised our web app. They defaced the front page, leaving insulting messages there. An hour later, the threat was cleared through a heroic effort from the dev team. When the dust settled, the team discovered the identity of the attacker: it was me.

At Okra Solar, we’ve been using game days to test the security and resilience of our apps. One of us mounts an attack on our non-production apps and the rest of the team has to plug the hole. The lessons we learn help everyone prepare for real incidents.

View Jeremy Nagel’s video

13:50: Q&A Session

14:00: Break and Exhibition Booth Viewing

Veeresh Erched, Senior Director – Engineering, Amadeus

Veeresh Erched, Senior Director – Engineering, Amadeus

AI & ML are fostering Digital transformation across various industries in solving the business problems. Talk covers demystifying AI & ML, the changes that these technologies are bringing to software testing. Is the advent of AI & ML an opportunity or threat to the QA community. Mindset & Skill set changes required by QA fraternity to adapt to the changes. Will demonstrate with a cast study and ending with key takeaways

14:30: Q&A Discussion

14:40: Transition Break

14:45: Creating a Security Flow For DevOps Read More & WATCH VIDEO
Mark Thomas Peters, Technical Lead, Novetta

Mark Thomas Peters, Technical Lead, Novetta

Security teams, even DevSecOps ones, too often are unable to integrate a practical flow. Some recent experiences with Federal customers have demonstrated how these flows can be improved. The talk focuses on lessons learned and practical outcomes to communicate testing between team and accelerate value

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15:05: Q&A Discussion

15:15: Transition Break

15:20: Closed Loop Quality Read More
Anantha Krishnan, Lead Quality Engineer, Darwin

Anantha Krishnan, Lead Quality Engineer, Darwin

As we shift quality towards left, testing the quality of the product doesn’t just stop at testing the code during development. Monitoring the production and creating the feedback into the system is paramount to maintaining a good quality product. we would explore tools and KPI’s that can be used to monitor the quality overall

15:40: Q&A Discussion

15:50: Panel Discussion with the day’s speakers, sponsors and guests.

16:20: End of conference.


Gerald Bachlmayr

Chief Architect – AWS, Anchor
Ben Beattie-Hood

Ben Beattie-Hood

Frontend Practice Lead and Staff Mentor, PageUp


Head of Architecture, Cleverguy Consulting.

Yasha Dabas

Enterprise Transformation Lead, Cloud & DevOps - Technology & Innovation, SCB, Standard Chartered Bank

Veeresh Erched

Senior Director - Engineering, Amadeus

Anantha Krishnan

Lead Quality Engineer, Darwin

Mike Lyles

Director of QA & PM, Bridgetree

Alok Mishra

Solutions Architect, EDB


Software Lead, Okra Solar

Mark Thomas Peters

Technical Lead, Novetta

Jay Sah

Automation Lead, Autodesk


Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge

Melissa Tondi

Quality Engineering Leadership, E*TRADE/Morgan Stanley


CRM Success Catalyst, Founder and Managing Director, Opsis

Wenqing Zhang

Senior Software Test & QA Manager, Dyson

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