Assurance Leadership Forum 31 January 2018

The 57th Assurance Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Court

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 31 January 2018

Sponsored by Edge Testing Solutions

 

Programme

13:30pm

Teas/Coffees

14:00pm

Introductions

14:15pm

Max Latey, Test Manager, HSBC: "Weak-Links and Zombie Invasions - lessons in team dynamics from experimental economics"

Declan O'Riordan, "Understanding the Risk and Test in Bitcoin"

Alister Aitken, Principle Consultant, Edge Testing: "Managing Risk in the Agile World"

15:30pm

Teas/Coffees

16:00pm

Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting: "Assurance: the Evolution of Test Management"

Adam Knight, Head of Product & Testing, River Agency: "Testing the Myths of Innovation"

Thomas Barns, Principle Consultant and Sameena Hassam, Principle Consultant, Capacitas: "Challenges of performance in CI/CD"

17:15pm

Drinks Reception

Abstracts and Bios

Declan O'Riordan: "Understanding the Risk and Test in Bitcoin"

The term Proof of Work was adopted in 2008 by ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency proposal. Proof of Work is a test. Understanding this test and the relationship to polynomial time reducibility underpins any attempt to use the disruptive technology now known as blockchain.

The Genesis Bitcoin Block was created on January 3, 2009 at 18:15:05 GMT. The first Bitcoins were worth $0.003. By the end of 2017 the Bitcoin price had risen to around $10,000 each. Speculation in cryptocurrencies and new blockchain applications has become a gold rush. There are many risks to be considered, but the hopelessly reductionist ‘impact x likelihood’ pseudo-calculation has been thoroughly discredited by reality. Complex, opaque, non-linear, and subtle risks don’t fit abstract labels, simplified matrices, or linear scales. Time undermines fixed-state approaches that are unable to amplify and dampen feedback, yet appear deterministic. Understanding Risk underpins Testing.
This discussion will encompass our thoughts on everything Bitcoin-related; from understanding Proof of Work, the future of currency movements, attack vectors, and the compounding effect of combinatorial risks. You name it, we discuss it!

Declan O’Riordan has a degree in data processing, an MBA, 29 years’ experience in Testing, and is a CESG Certified Professional - Security & Information Risk Advisor. He started speaking at testing conferences in 2014. Within nine months he’d won the EuroSTAR prize for best conference paper and his debut talk was voted the ‘do over’ session delegates would most like repeated. In 2015 Declan won the prize for best conference paper at the USA’s STAR East conference, and in 2016 won another EuroSTAR best paper prize. In 2016, he implemented the UK’s first real-time Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) solution and now specialises in risk advice.

Thomas Barns, Principle Consultant and Sameena Hassam, Principle Consultant, Capacitas: "Challenges of performance in CI/CD"

This dicussion session will examine the challenges of performance in CI/CD and how intelligent automation can help solve this problem-Automation of performance test execution has been around for years; what’s needed now is automation that will help analyse and identify complex problems quickly. We wil examine what this looks like.

In parallel with technological edvances that advance our ability to assurs system performance, there is a growing need for expertise in the performance sphere. We will discuss the enhanced role that performance testers and analysts (and assurance leaders!) will play in this new industrial revolution, driving, delivering and assuring the performance of change

Thomas will be joined by Sameena to co-leading the session, asher team has been working on some interesting PoCs with a client recently which will add content and informed opinion to the discussions.

Thomas Barns is responsible for service definition at Capacitas and helps ensure consistent best practice across projects. Over the past 10 years, he’s provided capacity and performance expertise to clients and helped Capacitas shift focus towards full lifecycle testing, complemented by automated data analysis. He regularly speaks and presents on these subjects at conferences and in other forums.

While earning a first-class BSc in Computer Science from City University, London, Sameena took an internship with Capacitas – joining our team full time after graduation. She swiftly progressed to Principal Consultant and has recently taken responsibility for Service Delivery, ensuring consistent high-quality delivery across the organisation. Sameena’s professional qualifications include the ITIL Foundation Certificate in Service Management (V3).

Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting: "Assurance: the Evolution of Test Management"

When the Agile approach emerged over fifteen years ago, there was no clear role for test managers (or even testers, at first). Over time, some test managers reverted back to being testers in teams, some specialised in test automation, or security, or moved upstream to be business analysts or product owners. Some left the business completely. In parallel with the ‘demise’ of test management in many organisations, a new discipline of Assurance is emerging and is a natural progression for delivery-focused professionals.

Assurance (aka test-, business- or delivery-assurance) is seen by many companies as the way to improve the relationship with software suppliers, to provide support to them, and where necessary, to police their activities. Assurance reports to the board and speaks truth to power, it requires coaching and persuasion skills and a deep knowledge of software and organisational dynamics. We now have Digital taking over everything – now is the time for Digital Assurance.

Paul will set out a vision for Assurnace, what it is, what role it plays in business and software projects and will explore how it presents an attractive career progression.

 

Adam Knight, Head of Product & Testing, River Agency: "Testing the Myths of Innovation"

Innovation is a wonderful thing. Being involved in innovative activities satisfies our motivational need for self actualisations and promotes job satisfaction and engagement. This is all wonderful ... if you happen to be lucky enough to be involved. Sadly I've seen a number of occasions where innovation in organisations is seen as the preserve of a few select individuals at the exclusion of others including the majority of developers, and always at the exclusion of the testers.

In this session I'll be looking at some of the myths around innovation that can be used to justify the existence of these 'Innovation Silos'. We'll discuss how innovation is not the preserve of creative types or lone architects. Instead the most creative solutions come from motivated, multi-skilled teams who are given the freedom to drive change and a methodology that supports them to do so. We will look at some of the drivers of effective innovation that testers are actually very well suited to provide.

In our discussion we will share the challenges we have faced in getting testers involved in innovation and the consequences that can arise. We will also look to discuss examples of when testers have been successfully involved in innovation and establish some take-away tips on how this might be achieved."

 

Alister Aitken, Principle Consultant, Edge Testing: "Managing Risk in the Agile World"

The management of risks as part of the software development lifecycle has long been considered critical and rightly so. Testing is after all, the risk mitigation business! However, as more and more organisations adopt variations of an Agile development methodology, can we continue to manage risks in the same way? Perhaps even, as is advocated in some quarters, risks are dead!

Alister is a Principle Consultant at Edge Testing Solutions with 25 years experience in the testing industry. He has managed testing on many multi million pound programmes and been a senior testing consultant across many sectors He is an enthusiastic advocate of the premise that the key role of testing remains the mitigation of operational, technical and financial risk.

Max Latey, Test Manager, HSBC: "Weak-Links and Zombie Invasions - lessons in team dynamics from experimental economics"

In this talk I will draw parallels between lessons learnt in experimental and behavioural economics and team dynamics observed in large software implementations projects - particularly the end-of-project phases (testing and implementation).

Max Latey is a career test manager with a long standing focus on the user experience of testing and assurance.

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 31 January 2018