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Agile + DevOps East 2019 - Software Tester

Customize your Agile + DevOps East 2019 experience with sessions for software testers.

Monday, November 4

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
MC

Test Design for CI/CD Delivery

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Imagine this … As soon as any developed functionality is submitted into the code repository, it is automatically subjected to the appropriate battery of tests and then released straight into production. Setting up the pipeline capable of doing just that is becoming more and more common and something you need to know about. But most organizations hit the same stumbling block—just what IS the appropriate battery of tests? Automated build architectures don't always lend themselves well to the traditional stages of testing. In this hands-on tutorial, Melissa Benua introduces you to key...

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant
ME

Coaching Workshop: Taking Your Scrum to the Next Level

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Are you struggling to achieve results from your agile and Scrum teams? Are you having trouble with user story writing or with effective estimation and forecasting? Are your sprint reviews and retrospectives low focus and low energy? What about gaining traction on the organization-side of things? Do your leaders actually understand the underlying principles? Are they measuring things properly? And what about Scrum at Scale—how’s that going? If you have questions, any questions, about how to improve specific practices or generally how to improve your agile journey, then this tutorial is for...

Melissa_Benua
mParticle
MI

Continuous Testing with Containers

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Monday, November 4, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Containers. Every manager thinks they want them, but few teams have experience in knowing what to DO with them. Used thoughtfully, containerization of your services can transform the way your organization thinks about testing. Gone can be the days of maintaining X different compute environments with Y different configurations. Imagine instead spinning up just the code you need, on the machine type it needs, and only for as long as you need it. In this technical training, Melissa will walk through what containerization means for a legacy code base attempting to practice continuous...

Tuesday, November 5

Tom Stiehm
Coveros, Inc.
TF

Tools for DevSecOps

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

DevOps is about creating alignment across the value stream for an application, service, or product. DevSecOps integrates security into this process, making the entire team responsible for delivering secure code that works and can be deployed and used securely. But how do you actually do that? What tools do you add to your DevOps pipeline to help make your software secure and provide your stakeholders with a high level of confidence that the software meets all security requirements & standards? In this tutorial Tom Stiehm will explore what security tools you can add to your DevOps...

Rob_Sabourin
AmiBug.Com, Inc.
TH

The Tester's (New) Role in Agile Development

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Avoiding siloed development is a tricky business. It’s so easy for agile teams to fall into the rut in which testers only do traditional testing activities, and programmers strictly do their time-worn coding activities. Rob Sabourin shares a number of examples of how testing skills can be applied to a wide variety of activities in an agile project. Testers are among the most skilled team members in story grooming, elicitation, and exploration. Risk analysis in self-organized agile teams empowers testers to drive design decisions. A tester’s affinity analysis skills help clear the way for...

Dana Pylayeva
Agile Play Consulting LLC
TI

Introduction to DevOps with Chocolate and LEGOs

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Organizations today can no longer afford to deliver new features to their respective markets once a year or even once a quarter. In the attempt to catch up with the competition, they jump onto DevOps journey starting with the "How" and losing the sight of "Why" and "What". Join this gamified simulation tutorial to gain a solid understanding of foundational principles of the DevOps culture. Experience the benefits of DevOps transformation even before initiating one in your enterprise! This tutorial is ideally designed for organizations that are evaluating their approach to DevOps...

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TM

What DevOps Means for Testers and Testing

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

DevOps is more than a buzzword or a passing fad. It's a radically new approach to rapidly deliver high-quality software applications. However, many organizations don’t fully grasp the magnitude of this change or what it means for everyone involved in the software development lifecycle. Jeffery Payne says that DevOps—when done right—drives higher quality and efficiency into software development, software testing, and application management activities. It empowers teams to remove impediments to quality and productivity throughout the entire software lifecycle. However, when DevOps is done...

Wednesday, November 6

Jennifer Bonine
PinkLion AI
AW4

Where Does Data Come From?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

With all the tools available on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones might meet your needs and which ones will work best for you to create a high-performing team. Join Jennifer Bonine as she explains the relationship between the DevOps cycle and your environment, and how a hub-and-spoke model can link all your different data sets and tools together. She'll identify opportunities for applying test data analytics across the engineering and test landscape, ranging from high-value test cases to dynamically generated regression test suites. She will review ways to...

AW6

Wabi-Sabi Your DevSecOps

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The ability of DevSecOps to produce secure code requires the merging of two very different cultures: AppSec and DevOps. While AppSec lives in a black-and-white world of secure or not secure that would cause “Hello World” to take six months to release, DevOps knows that the reality of software development is actually shades of gray, especially as demands are increasingly placed on development teams to produce more, faster. Brittany Greenfield will teach you how to apply the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which accepts imperfections in the things that we create, to DevSecOps, allowing you to...

Lisa Maurer
State Farm
AW7

Continuous Delivery Dojo: From Doing Agile to Being Agile

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

State Farm adopted an innovative approach to a common problem many organizations face with agile transformation: How do you influence, nurture, and support a whole scale culture of agility? How do you move from doing agile to being agile? The solution was to institute a continuous delivery dojo. State Farm is going on its third year of supporting delivery teams at scale in enhancing agile maturity and establishing a continuous delivery culture. The dojo represents a dedicated place to work with teams to change mindsets, skill sets, and toolsets. It also represents an opportunity to walk...

Jen Wright
GrayHair Software
Sally Vassalotti
GrayHair Software
AW8

Open Mic: Coaching Up in Your Organization

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

The term “coaching up” traditionally refers to communication with a supervisor or person above you in the organizational chart. Coaching up strategies can be effective for all levels: Have you ever had a conversation with a boss, product owner, ScrumMaster, or leader that did not go well? Is one of your teammates dropping the ball? Often our instincts tell us to go on the defensive, which may result in the blame game. Instead, when difficult situations happen—or, better yet, when you anticipate them—let superiors know in a polite and helpful manner. They will appreciate your initiative....

Alissa Lydon
Sauce Labs
AW12

Selenium Tests at the Speed of Headless

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Testing is shifting left. Developers want instant feedback on the quality of their code, and testers want to incorporate tests earlier in the pipeline without slowing down development efforts. Testing in full browsers is great when you’re near the end of the pipeline and need to confirm cross-browser compatibility, but for the scale and speed required for these early pipeline tests, there is a need for a more effective solution. Enter headless browsers, an emerging trend that allows you to run your early pipeline tests at scale. Headless offers a lightweight option that gives developers...

Linda Rising
Independent
AW16

An Agile Fireside Chat with Linda Rising

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Come get your questions answered by an agile expert! We won't have an actual fireside, but Linda Rising will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the topics that are most important to you. Linda is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. And she wants to discuss whatever interests you. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Peter Varhol
Technology Strategy Research
Gerie_Owen
Technology Strategy Research
AW20

Testing Serverless Applications

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Serverless cloud applications are rapidly moving into the mainstream. In this model, teams focus on developing and deploying code on a known technology stack and runtime, with fixed interfaces for application, database, and network. It offers the advantage of lower costs, faster development, and elastic growth. But testing serverless applications also brings significant challenges to testers. Because the stack is maintained by the cloud provider, it is updated with new versions and security patches on a regular basis. Testers have to continuously test the stack interfaces to make sure that...

Sean Miller
Capital One
Suresh Chellapilla
Capital One
AW21

You Build It, You Own It!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The days of writing software and throwing it over the proverbial wall to operations and production support teams are over. It’s time we, as software development teams, become more accountable and take pride and ownership in what we do. The results will be better transparency, more autonomy, and reduced risk (among other things). Join Sean and Suresh as they walk through how Capital One tackled one particular project by leveraging DevOps and forming their "you build it, you own it" principles. You'll gain a better understanding of how to improve quality within your agile teams and how to...

Thursday, November 7

Eran_Kinsbruner
Perfecto
AT4

Stabilizing Continuous Testing in DevOps

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Software testing lags behind the pace of features development and digital innovation. Despite recent advancements, testing remains one of the biggest challenges in DevOps. Research shows that DevOps teams have an average of less than 60 percent test automation coverage—and that’s a problem. To scale DevOps and agile and realign the entire software release cycle, Eran Kinsbruner believes there needs to be a better solution. To increase test automation coverage, teams need to match software testing deliveries with the right testing tools, skill sets, and personas. Eran will explain...

Matty Stratton
PagerDuty
AT6

The Psychology of Chaos Engineering

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chaos engineering, failure injection, and similar practices have verified benefits to the resilience of systems and infrastructure. But can they provide similar resilience to teams and people? What are the effects and impacts on the humans involved in the systems? This talk will delve into both positive and negative outcomes for all the groups of people involved, including users, engineers, product owners, and business owners. Using case studies from organizations where chaos engineering has been implemented, Matty Stratton will explore the changes in attitude that these practices create,...

Leslie Lowman
AvidXchange
AT12

Legacy Code and Testing: Let's Energize It!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Do you want to apply test automation to decade-old spaghetti code but aren't sure where to start? Many teams talk about needing automated tests in order to deliver faster, better quality but don't know just how to get there. Their code was created without a lot of the tools we have today or may have automation that centers on slow, record-and-playback methods. Join Leslie Lowman for an in-depth look at examples of this situation. She'll give some prerequisites, like instituting a solid testing model that focuses on automation, and show how to apply the testing model to older code,...

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions
AT14

Effective Test Automation in DevOps

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The ultimate objective of a DevOps approach is to deliver quality products to your customers as efficiently as possible. DevOps shops that achieved this state point to continuous testing as a key contributor to their success. However, QA and testing have become forgotten along the DevOps journey of many organizations. For groups that have incorporated testing, many have a release cadence that resembles something more like waterfall. The culprit is often the inability to incorporate stable automation into their testing practices. Lee Barnes will discuss how organizations can address these...

Tim_Guay
AgileWorks
AT15

A Fool with a Tool: The Dangers of Ignoring Culture by Overfocusing on Tools

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Many organizations ignore culture and overfocus on picking and implementing the right tools. However, these tools have underlying cultural assumptions. If the current culture does not support these assumptions, then automation will only have limited success, or even fail altogether. So how do you address this problem? By recognizing that overfocusing on tools is a problem in the first place. Start by understanding the cultural assumptions supporting the optimum use of the tools, as well as how your organization measures up in relation to high-performing organizations. Finally,...

Owen Gotimer
TechWell
AT16

A DevOps Fireside Chat with Andy Glover

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

You've got DevOps questions, and we've got Andy Glover to answer them for you. He won't really be sitting by the fire, but he will be on hand to talk about all things DevOps. From his experiences building the Spinnaker continuous delivery platform to writing the open-source BDD framework easyb, Andy wants to talk about the things that worry you or thrill you about DevOps. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Jim Collins
CUNA Mutual Group
AT18

Using Lean XP to Supercharge Your Agile Delivery

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Most teams that do agile development start with Scrum. And why not? Scrum is a proven method for focusing your team, ensuring that work adds value, and minimizing the risk with release. Then, after awhile, Scrum becomes stagnant. There are no more speed increases, and the team focuses more on ceremonies than delivery. At this point, Extreme Programming (XP), and Lean XP in particular, is the next step in agile maturity. Lean XP means developing software at the last possible moment ("just-in-time development") using one-week sprints, test driven development, pairing at all levels,...

Derek Zell
Criteo
AT20

What's Next for QA?

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

In today’s ever-evolving world of technology, how can QA teams continue to show value? QA isn't going away, but it is evolving again, and it's primed to continue to add value to companies that are willing to change. Derek Zell will outline how traditional compartmentalized roles are becoming a thing of the past and how to position your team (and yourself) to be an integral part of the latest technical evolution. He will cover what these new roles and functions could be, ways to evolve and grow as a tester, and how to pivot within a given skill set, all using real-world examples and case...

Guy Herbert
Atlassian
AT21

How DevOps and Agile Fit with Compliance Obligations

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

DevOps and agile are designed to help you be adaptable and move quickly. But meeting your compliance obligations tends to slow you down and make processes rigid. However, by using key components of agile and DevOps and approaching compliance obligations from a different angle, you can meet your obligations while being adaptable. Guy Herbert will show examples of how his company structures their CI/CD processes to include compliance and how they have changed their compliance approach to be able to better meet the needs of the DevOps teams. Guy will also discuss the cultural implications of...

Robin Foster
Coveros
AT25

Maximizing Agile Benefits through Understanding Learning Styles

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

The Agile Manifesto says we value people and interactions over processes and tools. Yet when we talk about the agile methods, we usually end up talking about processes. Agilists use timeboxing as a forcing function to draw out resolutions and decisions. What if we just needed a better way to describe our needs and issues? What if we could actually be more effective with our communication? Join Robin Foster as he explores the relationships between learning, memory, communication, teaching, and the agile framework. Discover the cognitive science behind the process of learning new...

AT28

Contract Testing with Pact: A Different Approach

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 4:45pm to 5:45pm

With the microservice architecture evolving and becoming a golden standard, the necessity of testing the contracts between services appears to be more and more obvious. One of the most interesting solutions here is the Pact tool, which helps with testing and verifying the API contracts in a CI/CD manner and opens up a lot of interesting possibilities. However, the devil is always in the details: the implementation. We need to configure the Pact mock servers, but similar configurations are often needed across all the different parts of testing, from the verification of the providers to end-...