Next Generation Testing - 26th June 2014

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The 10th Next Generation Testing Conference
“Testing as an Activity” 26 June 2014, London

This summer’s Next Generation Testing conference programme addresses the major testing challenges faced by organisation right now and in the future and it reflects the significant growth of interest in Agile and testing as an activity.

The one-day conference which features a highly interactive programme – case studies and traditional presentations interspersed with panel sessions and roundtable discussions –concludes with a drinks reception and networking evening.

Conference Programme

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09.00 Registration and Coffee

09.30 Start – Introduction and Welcome UNICOM

Opening Plenary Keynote [Combined Session of “Next Generation Testing”; “Agile ALM”; “Dev-Ops Summit”]
Loose Coupling: An ecological approach to systems design & integration
Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd

Introduction to Sponsors

Coffee & Networking

Introduction and Welcome Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting (NGT Programme Chair)

Speed Networking/Ice-breaker session

What Does Next Generation Testing Mean to Me?
Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting
In this short session, Paul invites all the participants to think about what they see as the new challenges and solutions in Testing. At the end of the day there will be an open discussion with a prize for the most original and thought provoking idea. Judging to be carried out by “crowd-testing”!

The Great Testing Debate:

Testing As An Activity
Stephen Janaway, NET-A-PORTER
Recently I’ve started to come to the belief that we can solve a lot of our problems if we just start to think differently about testing. Instead of thinking about software testing only as a distinct discipline, we should to start to think about it as an activity. After all, testing is just that, an activity. It’s something we do. Something we’d love others to do more. James Bach likes to define software testing as a performance, and what is a performance without some activity to perform? In this presentation I will explain why we should start to think of testing as an activity, what the benefits are that this could bring, and discuss how teams can work in a more efficient and cross-functional way as a result.

Testing as a Cultural Norm
Dan North, Dan North & Associates Ltd
Dan thinks of testing as a cultural norm or a mind-set more than an activity and sees the role of a tester as getting everyone into that mind-set rather than just carrying out the activity of testing. Dan will challenge the concept of Testing as an Activity and welcomes audience participation in the debate!



Case Study: A Paradigm Shift in IT Change Delivery
David Silverstone, Founder and Delivery & Solutions Director for LeftShift
Testing should be regarded as a pivotal part of IT transformation services and not seen as an activity in isolation. This case study describes how one organization replaced their global payments systems in a risk-reducing and efficient manner, and how service virtualization and automated integration testing helped the team:

Mitigate a 3 month project delay (saving $30m+ in burn rate costs)
Decrease time wasted and cost incurred from production incidents
Reduce infrastructure costs of traditional testing methods
Case Study: Testing Emerging Technology and Cloud Testing (Title TBC)


Case Study: Agile, cloud based technical testing on an integration programme
Stevan Zivanovich, Infuse Consulting Limited, Breaking Through The Barriers Ltd
This presentation is based on a current project and shows how the use of test automation can be used to effectively test the integration of large diverse, cloud based systems (including Salesforce and Oracle eBusiness). It will deal with some of the technical and Agile practices are used to ensure that the system integration testing could keep pace and deliver value throughout the lifecycle of the project.

Case study: Test Smart, Dress Smart: Mobile Testing in a Fashion Industry Context
Nehir Yelkovan & Francois Le Notre, NET-A-PORTER
The competitive world of mobile native apps requires constant innovation and a high level of quality to keep customers engaged. Since mobile testing is a fairly new and growing discipline we often have to tackle new mobile features, and the unknown variable raises the risk and increases the pressure on the quality of our testing.

Luckily we found out, while working in the dynamic and competitive fashion industry, that there was an unsuspected gold mine of tools and information available to mobile native app testers. As we share this with you, you will thrive on new sources of inspiration, which will lead you to the ultimate wish of a stylish tester: test smart, dress smart.

Feedback Session: What’s “Next Generation” in Testing? Open discussion, hosted by Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting
During the day, participants have been invited to think about the new challenges and solutions in Testing. Now there is an open discussion with a prize for the most original and thought provoking idea. Judging to be carried out by “crowd-testing”!

Final summary. Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting (NGT Programme Chair)

Close. Drinks Reception.
Some of the Panellists/topic gurus are:
Steven Watson, Test Manager, Reed Business Information, Christina Ohanian, QA Manager, The App Business, Tony Bruce and Jenny Martin.

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