Test Management Forum 25 January 2017 - CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The 53rd Test Management Forum will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Court

Eventbrite - Test Management Forum - Wednesday 25 January 2017

Programme

13:30pm

Teas/Coffees

14:00pm

Introductions

14:15pm

Stevan Zivanovich, Service Delivery Director, Infuse Consulting Limited, "Quality Engineering - same old thing rebranded?"

Ben Havill, Senior QA Analyst, SITA, "Usability testing, a manual human test"

Danny Quilton, Owner, Co founder, Capacitas, "The challenges of delivering performance for Agile and Continuous Delivery"

15:30pm

Teas/Coffees

16:00pm

Steve Jefferies, Head of QA - everyLIFE Technologies, "Bringing quality and agility to startups"

Mehmood Hasan, Enterprise Agile Coach, "Creating a culture of continuous learning"

Daryl Searle, Ovate Limited, "Agile delivery - Why does testing get left behind?"

17:15pm

Drinks Reception

 

Abstracts and Bios

Stevan Zivanovich, Service Delivery Director, Infuse Consulting Limited, "Quality Engineering - same old thing rebranded?"

The move to Agile and DevOps in many organisations is significantly changing the testing activities. This session will be an open debate to explore what Quality Engineering is and if it is different to either Quality Assurance or Testing. The session will start with trying to define what each of these is, compare and contrast each and debate where testing should go.

Ben Havill, Senior QA Analyst, SITA, "Usability testing, a manual human test"

As a tester I have always been fascinated in the psychology of testing, when given an opportunity to watch how people use software and explain what they are thinking I jumped at it.

In this talk I'll give an overview of usability testing and key aspects of the User Centred Design methodology. I'll give some examples of how a small change can make a big difference to the end users experience and discuss some of the challenges we face in incorporating this into our culture. In a world where automation is key to delivery Usability Testing is a very hands on human to human interaction, how can we use the human element to compliment our test suite and validate the big data being produced from user trends.
 
I'm keen to hear the audiences experience of usability, do we need it? I mean we have the requirements - just delivering that is enough right? 

Ben got into testing from a science background, having an MSc in Chemoimformatics. He has always enjoyed hypothesising and observing, but less of the write up. He has worked in retail, the pharmaceutical domain and is currently working in the air transport industry; Ben still gets excited when going to airports. He is also a keen cyclist and cake eater which help to balance each other out.

Danny Quilton, Owner, Co founder, Capacitas, "The challenges of delivering performance for Agile and Continuous Delivery"

IT departments are under enormous pressure to deliver business change faster, resulting in the adoption of Agile and Continuous Delivery methods. At the same time many businesses have stringent requirements with regards to the performance and stability of key IT services. Indeed, in ecommerce, speed is seen as a market differentiator.
Traditional performance testing approaches and skillsets are no longer relevant in this problem domain. A common complaint when using traditional performance testing in these delivery methods is that it slows down the rate of delivery.
Given these challenges, this session will explore the following questions:
• What are the best methods for managing performance risk in the Agile/CD context?
• How can performance risk be quantified?
• How can performance testing be integrated into automation frameworks?
• What tools are needed to support automated testing?
• What skills does the Agile performance engineer need?
• How can the performance engineer span both development and operations?

I am the co-founder of Capacitas, a consultancy which specialises in reducing performance risk and cost in business-critical IT systems. I have 20 years’ experience in field of performance engineering and capacity management, working with clients such as easyJet, BSkyB, RS Components and major investment banks. I am interested in the challenges around scaling IT systems for peak and delivering software fast without breaking things!

Steve Jefferies, Head of QA - everyLIFE Technologies, "Bringing quality and agility to startups"

Startups move fast. Driven by customer need and investor demands, traditionally functionality was key, with quality a distant second. Today though, it is a blend of quality and agility which defines a company's ability to rise above other startups and grow into a successful long-term business.
This session will look at the key challenges faced when bringing a quality assurance function into a startup company, specifically how quality can be increased without impacting the agility of the company and its ability to ship products to customers. These challenges are broad and when combined with the concentrated nature of a startup environment require innovative solutions to be implemented.
We will explore these challenges whilst also looking at the role of a test manager and where this role fits in a modern aspirational organisation. Building on experience gained, we will look at the benefits of diversifying the test manager role, where this pivotal role now sits and the issues that blurring this role can bring.

Having recently moved into the role of Head of QA at a rapidly growing startup, I have found myself thrown into uncharted waters. Having a background primarily as a test automation architect, I now lead a QA function at one of the fastest growing healthcare startups in the UK. My role today combines test manager, engineer, analyst and architect, a role which is both incredibly challenging and rewarding

Mehmood Hasan, Enterprise Agile Coach, "Creating a culture of continuous learning"

The session focuses on the importance of creating and fostering a culture of learning and the role Test Management can play in this endeavour. It is widely recognised that a culture of learning is absolutely key for organisational competitiveness in the current landscape. Unlike technology and tools, culture cannot be bought or acquired. It must be developed and nurtured, which takes time and effort. However, the question is how do you change an ingrained culture or “reset” it? This is a hard challenge, which becomes even harder depending on the wider operating context of the organisation. For example, in a naturally innovative environment of start-ups or relatively small technology organisations, there is innate tendency to experiment and fail fast. However, on the other end of the spectrum, there are organisations such as regulatory firms, who are risk-averse due to the nature of their role in the society. This makes creating a culture of learning and innovation that much harder. In this talk, the presenter would share his experiences of cultural change within organisations and facilitate a discussion on the role of Test Management in this context.
Mehmood Hasan is an Enterprise Agile Coach with expertise in coaching, mentoring and training product development teams and the wider organisation, supported by extensive experience with full software development life-cycle in a variety of roles. Mehmood is a firm believer that agile and lean approaches deliver a win-win-win situation: more effective delivery of value for organisations, better products for customers and a more enjoyable way of working for team members.

Daryl Searle, Ovate Limited, "Agile delivery - Why does testing get left behind?"

In this session, we take a look at the expectations of testing within an agile delivery. We've heard all about the need for organisations to change mindsets and commit to supporting a new promised land of faster time to market, less documentation and increased cooperation, but does that really include the tester? I mean really include?

Does this new world allow the test team to avoid highly constrained exit gates? Can the test team avoid the creation of detailed strategy and plan documents? And does a project team really get to 'Done' at the end of a sprint?

The session will highlight some real-life scenarios where testing has been the forgotten son in the agile transformation, but also provides some solace in examples of where change has been allowed to occur, and the role of the tester has become more of a 'puppet master' and an engine room for setting business expectations

Presented by Daryl Searle, Ovate Limited. Daryl has spent the majority of his 17 years working in and heading up testing teams, as well as UX and development, both for end users and within a Consultancy environment. Daryl has been involved in various forms of agile delivery since 2008, and has coached many transformation activities, covering test teams as well as organisational change.

 

Mike Jarred, Programme Chair
Please get in touch using one of the following methods; TMF Contact form or http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikejarred
 

Eventbrite - Test Management Forum - Wednesday 25 January 2017