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Agile Testing | Big Data

Meeting Agenda

5:30 - 6:00 | PIZZA

6:00 - 7:00 | John Esser - Testing in a Velocity Culture

7:00 - 8:00 | David Wellman - What is Big Data? (Slides)


Testing in a Velocity Culture

Delivering business value to customers rapidly is on the forefront more than ever before. Technical practices such as continuous delivery and business approaches such as the lean startup movement continue to push this to the extreme. Testing in these “velocity” cultures presents unique challenges and requires implementing some non-conventional approaches to traditional testing methods and practices. How does testing function in this type of environment? What is required to be successful? John Esser, Director of Engineering Productivity at, will share his insights and experiences from Ancestry’s move to continuous delivery and how testing and his test team had to evolve in their velocity culture.

John Esser is the Director of Engineering Productivity and Agile Development at His team’s mission is to accelerate engineering’s ability to deliver value to the customer. He is the architect of Ancestry’s transformation to Agile development and continuous delivery. John has more than 25 years software development experience working for such companies as IBM, Corel, Callware Technologies, and Control4. His spare time is gobbled up by his beautiful wife, four teenage sons, reading lots of books, and fly-fishing for trout on the Provo River.


What is Big Data? An Introduction to Hadoop

Isn’t Big Data just big hype? What’s the point and why should I care?

The market is abuzz with how many companies are using Big Data and Hadoop to reach new markets, provide exciting new features and mine information out that has been inaccessible. This is a chance to look at the facts behind Big Data, how Hadoop fits into the ecosystem and where the market is heading.


Plus the following breakout

Resume Workshop - Mathew Parrish from Parallel HR


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