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Agile + DevOps Virtual 2021 - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions offer attendees the flexibility to explore a variety of topics throughout the conference on Wednesday and Thursday in order to customize their learning experience. Learn both enterprise foundations and new methodologies to grow your skills, supercharge your knowledge, and re-energize your career growth.

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Wednesday, June 9

sanjiv-augustine
LitheSpeed LLC
W1

Business Agility in Uncertain Times

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has affected businesses across the world. In 2020, we worked hard to execute immediate actions like for 100% Working From Home (WFH) in many countries. Even as things have stabilized, we all know that we are a long way away from the next normal. As a brighter future emerges in 2021, three focus areas for business agility are:

1. Customer-centric Lean Mindset. Developing a customer-centric lean mindset from executives to individual contributors helps drive consistency of purpose and alignment of action end-to-end across the enterprise.

2. Lean...

christina-ambers
Thomson Reuters
W2

Mythbusters: Kanban Edition

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Do your teams think Kanban grass is greener? Did you learn about Kanban informally? Often, Scrum teams look to Kanban as the easier way to complete work, thinking the process is easier and less structured than Scrum. In this presentation, Christina will discuss the myths surrounding Kanban (myths like there are no ceremonies, is no estimation, are no deadlines, and there is more time to complete work). Christina will bust those myths by presenting the practices and principles behind Kanban, and how to integrate Kanban tools into any process to solve your team’s problems. Attendees...

Kathleen-Flax
Capital One
W3

Overcoming Agile Resistance in Operations

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

What happens when you utter the word Agile to someone in your operational organization? Do you often get a negative response or maybe even rolling of the eyes? How often do you hear “we’re not developers, we don’t need to use agile”? In the Technology Operations Center at Capital One, we faced this exact issue. Associates in the center manage high severity incidents and problem management and resisted implementing Agile. Why? Because there are a lot of Agile misconceptions out there and it makes operational teams reluctant to adopt this framework despite the many benefits of using...

VillageMD
W4

No Silos. Building an Effective (Rainbow Monkey Unicorn Pony) Program

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

It doesn't matter you call it DevOps, DevSecOps, or Rainbow Monkey Unicorn Pony - security is an integral part of the software development lifecycle. Even though we understand this, it's often difficult to know how to start building an effective DevSecOps program. This presentation will address four pillars of a successful application security program: Analysis, Validation, Observation, and Enablement and how they enable an organization to develop, deliver, and deploy applications from an idea to a customer facing environment. We'll discuss how to roll out a collaborative DevSecOps program...

Steampunk
W5

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legacy Code

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Many developers would love to work on brand-new, cutting-edge, greenfield projects, never having to deal with the mess of unintelligible code someone else left behind. But most of us spend most of our time maintaining existing code, and it is often spaghetti code with no unit tests, no documentation, and, if we are lucky, a comment that says, “Not sure how this works, but it does so don’t touch it.” We need to make changes, but we can’t even figure out what the code is supposed to do. You know your changes are just going to pile on and make it worse. You can’t change the code safely...

Derek Ashmore
Asperitas Consulting
W6

Terraform Infrastructure as Code: Best Practices and Common Mistakes

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Terraform is one of the most common coding platforms for managing cloud infrastructure as code. I have been using Terraform to manage infrastructure on the cloud for several years now. Additionally, I coach DevOps teams in large enterprises that implement 100% infrastructure as code. Everything in this presentation comes from experience. I'll guide you through a series of best practices including source code management, environment management, execution through pipelines, modularizing Terraform code so it can be reused across the enterprise, and much more. Additionally, I'll review...

Chevron Corporation
W7

Even Large Enterprises Need to be Agile

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

To survive in this digital age of speed, agility, and customer-centricity, large enterprises must focus their efforts towards the delivery of the highest customer value within the shortest amount of time. Large enterprises are forced to operate like start-up companies. The only way to sustainably achieve this is through a Digital Transformation that drives Business Agility. But how can an organization embark on such a transformation? What would it take to transform the embedded practices: legacy applications, inefficient processes, traditional culture? How do we even begin? This...

Drew-Shefman
Disney Streaming Services
W8

Agile in 160 Billion Gallons: When Agile Principles Occur During A Disaster

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

While the Agile concepts may sometimes be easy, the why's and how's are a little trickier to wrap your head around. I’ve unfortunately participated in three recent rising flood water events in Houston over the last three years. Employing my agile skills has had a profound impact on the "success of the project". I will be mapping common Agile ideas to dealing with rising water encroaching on your home. I start with an interactive exercise where we talk about flooding, with the outcome being the question: “What do you do when you know that your house might flood?” The answer to this...

Inflectra
W9

Adapting Agile Methodologies for Use in Regulated Industries Such as Aerospace & Life Sciences

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

How to adapt agile techniques for planning, development and testing so that they can be used in larger more complex situations that have a high degree of regulatory complexity, such as life sciences, aerospace, automotive and defense. In this session I would like to discuss my experiences with planning, developing and testing software applications in industries such as healthcare and finance that are heavily regulated by the Government, with strict requirements for validation, traceability and evidence. During the session, I will provide several actual examples, based on experiences and...

Rich Mills
Coveros
W10

DevOps Engineering with containers to enable microservices

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Are you trying to follow the industry and shift from a monolithic system to a widely distributed, scalable, and highly available microservice architecture? Maybe you already shifted to Agile delivery models, but you’re struggling to keep up with the rate of change in the technologies of these systems. Your DevOps team has thrown a bunch of automation in place to help this, but it seems to be creating a bigger, different mess that results in broken systems that don’t work together.

To succeed, you need to properly design and implement your delivery process with the right technology...

julia-pottinger
QualityWorks Consulting Group
W11

Shifting Left - Introduction to Testing

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Shift left encourages testing to be done as early as possible. This practice results in developers doing more testing as well as other stakeholders. Testers aren’t the only ones responsible for the quality of the software. With this move there is a need for everyone to understand how to test and to test properly. This move also brings with it questions such as What are the correct terminologies to use? How do you properly report a bug? How did you find that bug? What are best practices for testing? Should everything be automated? In this session Julia will go through an introduction to...

Eran-Kinsbruner
Perfecto by Perforce
W12

Mastering Cross-Browser Testing with Selenium and Cypress

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Agile mandates continuous testing processes. Within Agile there are various personas trying to accomplish exactly that, however, they bring different constrains including time lines, skillsets, and testing objectives. With the growing adoption of Cypress testing framework that appeals to front-end developers, how does Cypress plays within a single pipeline together with Selenium? Do they compete or complement each other? In this session, Eran Kinsbruner, DevOps chief Evangelist, Author and Sr. Director at Perforce will uncover the main benefits and consideration for using the 2...

Jason St-Cyr
Sitecore
W13

Stepping Up - Becoming a Leader in Your Team

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the most difficult transitions to make is from being a member of the team, to owning your former teammates performance reviews. It is awkward. It is stressful. And you can do it! How do you maintain a trusted relationship with your team mates? How do you employ empathy to help yourself understand your team? How do you gain authority and decision making where previously you had none? How do you make decisions that impact the lives of your team in very significant ways? How do you balance your corporate strategic responsibilities with your desire to advocate for your own team...

jill-stott
NextUp Solutions
W14

Innovation: How to Foster It & How to Squelch It

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Everyone talks about the importance of innovation, but few understand what factors contributes to, and detracts from, true innovation.

This presentation will cover the following: Why is innovation in the workplace important? - Springboard by sharing two stories; one from a company that failed to innovate and one from a company that continually innovates - Whole group discussion on benefits of creating an innovative company culture

Innovation squelchers -What are most people doing to prevent innovative ideas and deliverables? - - What you need to STOP doing - Example/...

Jean Dahl
C-prime
W15

Tightening the Nuts and Bolts of Agile at Scale Program Management

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Applying Agile ways of working to large complex programs involves more than merely teaching your teams to sprint. It requires the building blocks of strategic planning, road mapping, and backlog prioritization to properly plan the work and deliver customer-centric value. In this session we will look at these essential components of Agile at Scale Program Management to successfully deliver large, complex solutions that entail both custom development and large, off-the-shelf COTS programs. Specifically, we will discuss the following topics: 1. How to apply Agile principles to At Scale...

Pulumi
W16

Turning Infrastructure Into Software Through Cloud Engineering

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

In this talk, Paul will demonstrate why defining infrastructure in general programming languages is a better choice for infrastructure management. From defining resources to testing and validation, software engineering processes and best practices can be applied to cloud infrastructure help teams to ship faster.

Pulumi is an open source tool that allows users to write their infrastructure code in TypeScript, Python, DotNet or Go. General-purpose languages allow infrastructure code to have integrated testing, compile time checks as well as being able to create infrastructure APIs...

Michael-Faulise
BCforward
W17

The Importance of a QMO in World-Class Agile Teams

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

In today’s competitive environment, being the first to market is critical. But what happens when there’s a heavy focus on building teams and role changes that you place quality aspects of your transformation on the back burner. Your move to agility may run into impediments if you haven’t engaged quality from the beginning, or worse, they rush unfinished or buggy products to market. In our one hour discussion, we’ll talk about how organizations use an Agile Mindset and approach to transition from traditional ways of thinking to include a QMO when delivering quality products and solutions...

W18

Testing a Data Science Model

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

I have heard from other senior testers around the world that they know of data science teams but no testers testing the models, how do we have enough confidence what is produced is good enough? A model is a statistical black box, how to test it so we understand its behaviours to test is properly. Main aim would be to help inspire testers to explore data science models. I’d like to share how I explored the world of data science when testing a model and how we can apply that if we find ourselves in this situation. It is an emerging area for testers and exciting. I’d like to invite you to my...

Thursday, June 10

Yulia-Pieskova
SimCorp
T1

Remote Onboarding: How to Make the Most of It

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

A lot of companies struggle with onboarding remotely. It often happens because of the lack the face to face interactions, communication challenges and difficulties tracking the process and therefore, reveal the potential of the new employees. Moreover, it often leads to overall drop in team performance. Therefore, I'd like to share the recipe of how to iteratively set up the efficient remote on boarding and adaptation period for the agile teams. Among our key success factors we had: cross-teams patterns development, adaptation plan with all team members involvement, challenging...

Paul-Borlin
Compassion International
T2

Engage and Delight Your Stakeholders: There's ALWAYS Something to Show

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Whether you are in a large or small organization, we all have to convey and demonstrate our accomplishments in our software. Many of us struggle finding what to show, especially if it’s not a UI. In this presentation, we'll walk through various aspects of presenting software: presenting basics, how to prepare, how to convey your ideas, how to keep their attention, tips and tricks, remote presentations, and finally how to convey specific software topics. The entire presentation will be a culmination to that last topic: how to convey specific software topics, like spikes, backends,...

IncrementOne
T3

What Can We Learn about our Agile Transformations from Wardley Maps?

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

After over a decade of agile transformations, many organizations are looking for signs that the change is complete. You are faster, more focussed, and delivering a product with higher quality, but when are you done? Models of Agile maturity have emerged that promise to measure “how agile you are”, with some mythical end point. By introducing a Wardley Maps in the context of business agility, you will be able to map out the path of your transformation, fill in any gaps that you may have, and begin to understand what direction your transformation may take you in the future. Business...

Mariya Breyter
Goldman Sachs
T4

Take your business to the next level with DevOps OKRs

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs are a popular concept nowadays. The reason why OKRs work is because they are about motivation (teams setting objectives that they are passionate about), collaboration (people who have similar passion collaborating to achieve results), and innovation (no one tells them how to achieve these results). OKRs are aligned across the organization so that everyone has a chance to contribute. One of the primary areas where OKRs are extremely important and not yet fully discovered is DevOps. The topic OKRs with a focus on one of the most complex and...

Ratna Janjanam
Salesforce
T5

Make Test Automation Successful and Efficient in Agile Environment

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Software enterprises are rapidly switching to automation testing to cope with continuous development and integration on one side and integration on the other side along with continuous sprint-wise releases.Testing has become an integral part of product engineering. Methods such as test automation help meet the dynamic demands of the agile environment by delivering faster and efficient results. Once, we understand which test cases can be automated, we can then proceed with the right approach to test automation that gives effective results. A carefully test automation strategy through...

Max Saperstone
Steampunk
T6

Stop, You’re Doing BDD Wrong

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Tools like Cucumber and Fitnesse have been popularizing the ‘idea’ of using Behavior Driven Development (BDD) for test automation for over a decade. While there are many benefits to using these tools, adoption of BDD practices and principles can add a lot more value than the tooling alone. BDD isn’t about testing; it’s about design, and team collaboration. Max will review the main tenets of BDD, and dive into some ideas of implementing this process. He’ll cover the benefits of doing true BDD: how it can be used to increase product quality and reduce feature churn. He will also...

christy-erbeck
AgileThought
T7

Leading Courageously When Vulnerability Looks & Feels So Scary

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Many people believe that you either are born with courage or you're not. Thankfully, Dr. Brené Brown's research shows that you can learn to be courageous! There are four skill sets of courage, and by applying these, you can learn how to have tough conversations, hold yourself and others accountable, reset after a setback, and how to build trust. During this session, you will receive an understanding of all four skill sets, and then dive deeper into the second skill set: LIVING into Our Values. This is a mix of talk and workshop: The first 30 minutes are providing color and context, and the...

brian-holt
Accenture
T8

Lost in the forest: Tying transformation metrics to business outcomes

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Have you ever looked at a dashboard and felt lost? Have you been asked the question “why are we doing this?” and your answer has been “everyone is doing it.” Have you struggled to explain how your actions are going to benefit your business partners? Let’s explore ways to tie our metrics, progress, and transformation activities to business outcomes that matter to our organizations. We’ll start the session discussing why it’s important to map our transformation activities and metrics to organizational goals. We’ll also review real life examples of completed visual maps. You might be...

matt-van-fleet
LeadingAgile
T9

Aligning your DevOps Strategy to your Agile Transformation

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

If you have a small team on a greenfield project DevOps is easy to get started; your code is not that complex and you environment need tend to be limited. To do it appropriately for a 1,000 or 10,000 person shop with legacy code is orders of magnitude more complex. You have to do it with slices of the organization. You need to move through various stages of DevOps maturity. In this session we will walk you the practices to implement and the appropriate order to implement them to ensure you get valuable outcomes along the way. We will start with how to approach teams that are just...

grant-fritchey
Redgate Software
T10

Deploying Your Databases Automatically in AWS

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

DevOps is all about a cultural change to how you manage your IT resources. However, the biggest challenge when implementing DevOps is learning all the necessary tooling in support of automation. The issue of automation is even more challenging when it comes to automating database deployments. This session will show you the tools and mechanisms needed to get your databases deploying through AWS. We’ll slowly add additional steps and tools within AWS to expand the complexity and functionality of the database deployment process. Understanding how to build out the bare bones of an AWS...

prashant-patil
Dell Technologies
T12

Quality Gates in Test Automation

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Our organization adopted the CI/CD model for all product validation tasks just over 1 year ago with automated testing being primary step in the pipeline. We discovered that test automation eventually became a bottleneck within the pipeline due to its flakiness and constant maintenance. We determined a need to treat test automation development similar to product development. This allowed us to define multiple Quality Gates in test automation development by utilizing our own CI/CD pipeline. Now, we have tremendous confidence in our test automation and its stability in product...

kimberly snoyl
Capgemini/Idean
T13

To confront or not to confront

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Growing up, my mother said to me that I am a person who does not like confrontation, that I cannot take critisism. Now, 32 years of age, I got to know myself as someone who does avoid confrontation. I rather say straight what the situation is like for me, than keep people guessing, because that is what I hate the most when the tables are turned. This is also in the Dutch culture to be very straight and make no bones about it. In this talk i would like to explore confrontation, in the workspace, but also in our personal lives. Most people have the tendency to avoid confrontation, but...

soni-lee
Capital One
T14

Process Visualization

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

This session will provide you with strategies on how to enhance clarity within your organization using visualization. We will review concepts, guiding principles and methodologies for “Visualizing Flow.” Participants will visualize one process within their organization, evaluate its effectiveness, design a plan to problem solve and increase efficiency through transparency. The session is intended for anyone who wants to learn a new technique for communicating ideas using imagery within their organization. How to equip teams and leadership with shared understanding around day-to-day...

Craeg-Strong
Ariel Partners
T15

Bringing DevOps to an Entrenched Legacy Environment with the Kanban Method

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Innovative Silicon Valley companies like Etsy leverage DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to achieve new levels of automation and agility, shrinking development lead times and deploying to production many times each day. However, many companies struggle to implement these practices for the legacy systems that run their core business. To make matters worse, the agile community offers relatively little practical guidance for implementing DevOps practices in legacy environments. Fortunately, the Kanban Method provides a practical way to gradually evolve these core systems towards...

Sujay-Honnamane
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
T16

Keep up with your development partners - use Scriptless test automation in DevOps

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Continuous testing is an integral part of DevOps and test automation has become the holy grail of testing to continuously test the application code. Test automation framework requires continuous monitoring and maintenance of the test automation scripts. Test script maintenance is the most challenging part of test automation and is one of the major reasons why test automation fails in many organizations. Developers have realized “low-code/no-code” approaches are an efficient way to address the demand for more software, faster. But testers continue to use the high-maintenance, script-based...

nikolay-advolodkin
Sauce Labs
T17

Developing + Testing a Web App with Continuous Integration

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Continuous integration seems to be a difficult topic that often eludes many individuals. Some typical questions that arise are which technologies should we use and how do we actually put everything together? However, CI doesn't need to be so difficult with the combination of the right tools. In this live-coding session developers will learn how to create a web-app using React. Afterward, we will shift-left by adding some automated unit tests using Jest. Next, we will shift-right by adding some functional tests using Cypress.io. Finally, the developers will learn how to continuously build...

talia-nassi
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
T18

Testing in Production

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

How do you know your feature is working perfectly in production? If something breaks in production, how will you know? Will you wait for a user to report it to you? What do you do when your staging test results do not reflect current production behavior? In order to test proactively as opposed to reactively, try testing in production! You will have an increased accuracy of test results, your tests will run faster due to the elimination of bad data, and you will have higher confidence before releases. This can be accomplished through feature flagging, canary releases, setting up a proper CI...

Peter Varhol
Technology Strategy Research
T19

Talking to People: Changing Patterns in a Shelter-in-Place World

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Communicating honestly and effectively with team members and stakeholders is difficult enough when we are face to face. We have the tendency to not express disagreement or bad news, ultimately putting off potentially unpleasant conversations. Due to an ability to put off such discussions in a fully distributed setting, disagreements or software problems can rapidly escalate out of control in a rapid-paced development and testing team. The result can be poor code quality, missed deadlines, and team friction, imperiling the success of the project. Today’s virus pandemic makes it...

pranay-chanda
Cognizant
T20

Continuous Evolution to Product Centric Operating Model: Enable Teams to Fly

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Everywhere we hear and see software driven organizations have led and dominated their industry. An essential ingredient has been a shift to Lean Agile mindset and product centric operating model built on three pillars – product & portfolio management, product development & delivery and product enablement. These unicorns begin each mission with what problems we need to solve, what culture we want to build, what good looks like? Then align expectations with leaders that change is a journey and not a destination. They experiment and iterate, celebrate small wins, learn from failures...

rohit-sinha
Synerzip
T21

Agile Metrics transformation to fix disconnect between Business and Delivery

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

There is a widespread disconnect between Business and Delivery. These days many delivery teams follow agile principles. Their focus is on improving agile metrics such as sprint velocity,tracking product burnup/burndown etc. However, these metrics/measures do not say anything about the value a user or customer is getting. Business wants to gauge customer satisfaction,employee satisfaction, time to market, innovation, cost, revenue etc. There is a disconnect. Some of the common pitfalls – last-minute surprises, dissatisfied teams, and significant cost impact. Agile metrics...

HCL
T22

Indiana Jones and the Temple of DevSecOps

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Remember Indiana Jones? For infosec, trying to navigate these days is a lot like those movies. How many relate to Indy, when going after a truck in Raiders of the Lost Ark, said “I don’t know, I’m making this up as I go”? Or feel like you're trying to find elusive vulnerabilities and it’s as hard as finding the Shankara stones in Temple of Doom? And ALL are trying to find the Security Holy Grail that will help manage risk – we know what happens when someone “chose poorly”. The truth today is people are much more aware of the need for security. Building trust is key to business success....

adam-matłacz
Demant
T23

Leadership: From Monolith to Pebbles

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

When working with medical products, the verification process can be a real pain – especially when dealing with completely new QA team, complex hardware/software setup and collaboration of multiple scattered teams. My first release as a System Test Manager was a real struggle – stress, overtime, exceeding deadlines and a lot of uncertainty. But I’ve learned my lesson and focused on preparing and building the team with the right skill set and competencies. Now each team member is a leader in his own field, with set of responsibilities and me acting as a glue to hold them all together....

farah-chabchoub
MANGOPAY
T24

Unpredictable scenarios, guide for blind QA

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

At MANGOPAY, service quality is a strategic issue and a major asset for our products. It is therefore essential to test our products before going live. However, it is still difficult to reproduce all the possible scenarios we can have in production on our test environments. Have you ever been asked to reproduce a production behaviour without having the scenario? Have you ever spent hours trying to understand what is happening in production without being able to reproduce the same thing on your test environment? In this discussion, I will share with you how we have been able to...