Assurance Leadership Forum 25 October 2017

The 56th Assurance Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 25 October 2017 at the conference centre at Balls Brothers, Minster Court

Sponsored by nFocus

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 26 July 2017

Programme

13:30

Tea/Coffee

14:00

Introductions

 

Session A

Session B

Session C

14:15

Mili Mathew, Lead Test Consultant @ Scott Logic, “Can Risk-Based Testing (RBT) shift-left/shift-right?”

Mike Smith, EMEA New Business Development Director - BPS World, “The War for Talent – are you part of the problem or the solution?”

Charlotte Walters, Process Transformation Manager and Avinash Vijayan, Process Improvement Specialist Allianz Insurance, “Agile and DevOps: The challenges when embracing cultural change”

15:30

Tea/Coffee

 

Session D

Session E

Session F

16:00

Deri Jones, CEO SciVisum Ltd, “Assurance: Before you build it, while you build it, after you build it”

Scott Summers, Director, nFocus,

“Why we will never have world peace until we consistently recruit good testers”

Anthony Evans, Non-Functional Test Manager, Acutest,

“What is the problem with non-functional requirements?”

17:15

Drinks Reception

 

Programme Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Mili Mathew, Lead Test Consultant @ Scott Logic, “Can Risk-Based Testing (RBT) shift-left/shift-right?”

Is Risk-based testing relevant in today’s Agile/DevOps world where everything seems de-risked because of small incremental changes that are tested continually and can be rolled back or fixed in a few hours?

How do humans assess risk – and how do we apply these in our role as a Tester. I would like to share my experience of using risk-based testing for implementing test strategies in different organisations, the different flavours of this in different SDLC methodologies and what I found works well. I would like to explore how others have implemented risk-based testing, any specific challenges they encountered, and explore reasons why it may not be suitable for some projects.

Mili is a Lead Test Consultant at Scott Logic. She has worked on many complex projects in her 16 years of test experience ranging from operating system testing, to acquisition and merger programmes with entire platform migrations. Mili being a passionate tester believes in continuous improvement, and that it is an art!

Mike Smith, EMEA New Business Development Director - BPS World, “The War for Talent – are you part of the problem or the solution?”

A state of the nation overview of the implications of an ageing workforce, generational expectations, geographical boundaries and global skills shortages, the impact on the ability to attract and retain talent and the consequences for business growth.

I am keen to get an understanding from the audience

  • How aware are they of the upcoming skills shortages?
  • How important / high profile is Talent Management in their organisation?
  • Is talent seen as an HR or Business problem in their organisation?
  • What are they doing to differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent?
  • Are they part of the problem?

I am the cofounder of Anteo Group / Saxus Solutions and spent over 22 years leading, developing and delivering talent solutions to an international client base. I have historically worked within the traditional tactical / reactive / operational  / contingency recruitment industry but recognised that the impending global skills shortages would seriously undermine the efficacy of this business model and the value it could provide to its client base. As a result of this shift in outlook I joined BPS World to head up a sales team that works with organisations at a strategic level to help identify efficiency gains in their ability to attract, develop and retain talent.

 

 

Charlotte Walters, Process Transformation Manager and Avinash Vijayan, Process Improvement Specialist, Allianz Insurance, “Agile and DevOps: The challenges when embracing cultural change”

The move to an Agile and DevOps (or in Allianz, DevSecOps) way of working  significantly changes the culture of teams.

  • What do we mean when we talk about culture?
  • What actually is culture?
  • What elements needs to change?
  • And how is this cultural change facilitated?

This session will share the experience of some the cultural change in Allianz -What’s worked well, where we are still making progress and some of the current challenges. We will touch on how we’ve been adjusting our process focused (CMMI appraised), document driven, governed environment to one that is much more capable for faster paced, digital delivery. Our journey is far from over and we are keen to share ideas and experiences from attendees on how the Agile & DevOps culture change can be successfully achieved.

 

Charlotte Walters is responsible for the Software Development Lifecycle and the Development Practice in Allianz as well as being the Agile and DevOps Process Transformation Manger. As a chartered IT Professional, her 19 years of experience extends across  IT  delivery and she has experience in analysis, programming, portfolio and project management and testing roles.

 

Avinash is the Process Improvement Specialist and Testing practice lead in Allianz UK. He has 10+ years of experience in testing  and currently working on the Allianz Agile and DevOps transformation program.

 

 

Deri Jones, CEO SciVisum Ltd, “Assurance: Before you build it, while you build it, after you build it”

As Assurance people, must we reconcile ourselves to the reality that we will continue to deliver projects that fail to give the users the effective functionality that we originally set out? Or are there practical adoptions of the best parts from Shift-Left, Shift-Right and Test-Automation - that avoid the fads and really deliver?

The practice of software Assurance and Testing has changed a lot in ten years (mirroring changes in software development too), and we have better tools, better methodologies, and yet suffer project failures.

After all our projects are delivering systems to users that are becoming harder to QA: they are more unpredictable, more ‘intelligent’; users’ paths changing underneath our feet in the live environment; through greater personalisation, multivariate business experimenting, and dependency on 3rd-party active-content that is itself lacking full assurance.

Is there a real-world, practical set of assurance activity spread across our projects time-lines, that avoids the over-promises of the New Gods of Shift-Left, Shift-Right and Test-Automation – by using all, in effective balance.
Bring and share tips from your experience of Assurance done: ‘Before you build it, while you build it, after you build it.’

Scott Summers, Director, nFocus, “Why we will never have world peace until we consistently recruit good testers”

By understanding a tiny bit of neuroscience with a peppering of psychology we will look at how we can, and why we have a responsibility to, recruit the right person for every role.

On the way, we will have a stab at answering “What is the meaning of life”, understand our own personality type and learn how to understand and accept the people around us.

Most of us are aware that we have a left side of our brain and a right side of our brain and some of us are aware that the left side controls our creativity and emotions while the right side controls our logical thoughts. Some people might even know which side of their brain they use more often.

But did you know that the brain can actually be split into quartiles with the frontal and posterior areas playing a major role as well.  Not only that but each of us are born with a ‘preference’ for one of these quartiles and have neurons firing much more frequently in that area which has a significant effect on how we think, behave and even the clothes that we wear.

During this session we will try to figure out which quartile of the brain we each like to use the most. Working in groups, we will have some fun identifying differences and similarities between the preferences of the people in the room.

We will explore the neuroscience and psychology theory behind this and see how we can use our new found knowledge to recruit and build the dream team. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could help our teams thrive in their role so that everyone is happy, maximising their potential and performing to their best of their ability?

Scott has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional, starting his career as a consultant for PriceWaterhouse, then moving into investment banking where he was Head of Test at ABN and Global Head of QA at RBS. He is now a Director of nFocus Testing

Anthony Evans, Non-Functional Test Manager, Acutest, “What is the problem with non-functional requirements?”

What is the problem with non-functional requirements?  Just why is it that Non-Functional requirements are in the same breath described as ‘essential’ but then ‘under-represented’?  Arguably most Production issues are actually non-functional in nature – what an impact we would have if we could reduce Production support calls by even 10%!

In this discussion I’d like to describe various reasons I’ve seen over the years why this pattern keeps repeating.  For example –

  • It’s only performance and security isn’t it?
  • Just not recognised as a potential issue
  • Does categorising them as ‘non-functional’ cause half the problem?
  • Difficult to describe and measure
  • Hence difficult to test/verify
  • ‘Who on Earth do we get to do it?’
  • ‘No time, no budget’.
  • The ‘let’s just get it working we can worry about the other stuff later’ (i.e. never) attitude
  • I am sure many of these scenarios shall be familiar to you and I would particularly like to hear of your own experiences.  But then move on to a discussion of
  • Why do these patterns repeat?
  • What can we do about it?
  • How can we handle these issues in the agile World?

The issue is clearly multi-factorial and hence improvements are needed that address business understanding, technical interpretation, team behaviours.

Dr Anthony Evans accidentally fell into the world of performance testing some 20 years ago after prior experiences of Psychology research, artificial intelligence, database administration and tuning.  Over the years his interests have diverged into all those other intangible but real qualities collectively known as non-functional.  For the last 11 years he has worked for Acutest, assisting many public and private sector organisations at all levels, conducting tests, managing test teams and deriving non-functional test strategies.  He can be found on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-evans-nf-testing and is happy to take connection requests.

 

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 26 July 2017