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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

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"

Max's slides are here.

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

Alister Aitken, Principal 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"

Paul's slides are here

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

Adam's slides can be found here

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

This session will examine the challenges of performance in CI/CD and how intelligent automation can help to address them. 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 assure 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 - driving, delivering and assuring the performance of change.

Thomas will be joined by Sameena to co-leading the session, as her 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 Assurance, 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, Principal 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 Principal 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.

Inaugural Assurance Leadership Forum NORTH 20 March Manchester

The inaugural Assurance Leadership Forum NORTH took place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at The Studio in Manchester.

Hosted by ROQ

Timetable

13:30 Tea/Coffee
14:00 Introductions
14:15 Session A Session B
  Dorothy Graham: Will Tools Replace Testers?
Dot's slides are here
Dr Andrew Brown, SQS: Is psychology of software development coming of age?
Andrew's slides are here
15:30 Tea/Coffee/Networking
16:00 Session C Session D
  Richard Simms, Test Architect, ROQ: Is it time for Test Data Management to become a core discipline rather than an irritating dependency?
Richard's slides are here
Paul Gerrard, Principal, Gerrard Consulting: "Assurance: the Evolution of Test Management"
Paul's slides are here
17:15 Drinks Reception

 

Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Dorothy Graham: Will Tools Replace Testers?

When tests are automated, does this means that manual testers will no longer have a role? This workshop explores the role and relationship of manual and automated testing, and of people and tools.

What is actually going on in software development and testing and where does automation fit? With the push towards DevOps and Continuous Deployment, automation is essential. So where does that leave manual testing? Surely it’s better to be “fully automated” for maximum efficiency, right?

Although there is truth in this, there are also pitfalls and dangers. What does “full automation” actually mean? Perhaps not what most people think! Explore the issues of people and tools in this workshop, through exercises and discussion. Come to a greater understanding of where tool support will be most effective in testing, and where it could actually be dangerous and damaging.

Bio

Dorothy Graham has been in software testing for over 40 years, and is co-author of 4 books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation, and currently helps develop the wiki TestAutomationPatterns.org.

Dot has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing, including programme chair for EuroStar (twice). She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and helped develop the first ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conference and events worldwide.

She was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012.

 

Dr Andrew Brown, SQS: Is psychology of software development coming of age?

Our focus in software development is, understandably, on technical challenges. Although we acknowledge that defects begin as a thought in our mind, we rarely go beyond this.
However, things may be beginning to change. Led by the aviation and medical industries, where consequences of mistakes can be serious, we are learning that instead of searching for errors after they occur, we can reduce our vulnerability to creating errors in the first place.
We take an example from an Agile team in the insurance sector, who have been using cognitive de-biasing techniques to improve effectiveness of retrospectives. We examine the issues they faced, their successes, and their failures.
We then move into a discussion of the potential opportunities, limitations, and side effects we may encounter in trying to improve quality through reducing our mind’s vulnerability to cognitive biases.

Bio:

Dr Andrew Brown is a principal technical consultant at SQS. Recently, he has developed an independent line of research into understanding why we humans make the mistakes that lead to software defects.
He has 25 years’ experience in the software industry. Previous roles include Head of QA at HMV, Head of QA at a financial software house and a test manager in Japan.
He holds a degree in Physics and Maths, an MBA from Warwick Business School and a doctorate from Imperial College.

 

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 Assurance, what it is, what role it plays in business and software projects and will explore how it presents an attractive career progression.

Bio

Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, developer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and a publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them.

Educated at the universities of Oxford and Imperial College London, in 2010, Paul won the Eurostar European Testing excellence Award and in 2013, won The European Software Testing Awards (TESTA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Test Management Forum and the UK Business Analysis Forum.

 

Richard Simms, Test Architect, ROQ: Is it time for Test Data Management to become a core discipline rather than an irritating dependency?

The timely provision of appropriate test data, in the volumes required, has always been a key dependency for those of us working in testing and Quality Assurance and often proves a source of great frustration.

A new generation of Test Data Management (TDM) tools are emerging that are designed to help.

Richard will share his opinion on the direction the industry is taking and then invite us to consider as a leadership forum:

  • How can we as testers better manage this dependency?
  • What should be the role of test teams with respect to data provision? Greater self-service?
  • Which test data tools we have implemented, and did they give the desired benefits?
  • Should Test Data Management be a centralised service?

Bio

Richard is responsible for designing test strategies and approaches to testing as well as managing the transition process for new clients at ROQ.

His role as Test Architect involves working with a wide variety of clients across a range of industries and gaining a deep insight into their testing and quality assurance challenges. Before joining ROQ, over a career in IT spanning 30 years, Richard has worked in the roles of Developer, Team Lead, Project Manager and Test Manager before taking on the role of Quality Manager for a major retailer.

 

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Assurance Leadership Forum NORTH - 13 September 2018

The SECOND Assurance Leadership Forum NORTH will take place on Thursday 13 September 2018 at The Studio in Manchester.

Hosted by ROQ

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 31 January 2018

Timetable

13:30 Tea/Coffee
14:00 Introductions
14:15 Session A Session B
 

Ash Winter: Shift Testability

Mark Bargh: Seven Ingredients to Successful Software Releases
15:30 Tea/Coffee/Networking
16:00 Session C Session D
 

Simon Holland: In an uncertain world, what should we do to survive?

Duncan Nisbet: Surviving SAFe – Strategies for working within the Scaled Agile framework
17:15 Drinks Reception

 

Abstracts and Speaker Bios

 

Ash Winter: Shift Testability

Testers. Always worried about something. How will I survive an agile transformation? Almost fended that off and I have to survive "devops" somehow. You've shifted left and right so many times I imagine its hard to remember where you started from. The most effective direction of shift was always within a testers gift, but wasn't obvious to them. Usually struggling with hard to test systems and deploying the same tactics to cope:

  • Doing more testing?
  • Hiring more testers?
  • Bringing in SDETS to do automation?
  • Firing and hoping to forget into Production?

Time to shift our roles towards testability. Testable systems are easier to support and maintain. Being able to observe, control and understand systems is a unifying force across disciplines, from those who build to those who operate systems. So many testers talk about whole team approaches to testing but do not talk about testability. Without addressing testability, hard to test often defeats your desire for a whole team approach. 

Bio

Ash Winter is a consulting tester, conference speaker, with an eye for an untested assumption or claim. Veteran of various roles encompassing testing, performance engineering and automation. As a team member delivering mobile apps and web services or a leader of teams and change, he helps teams think about testing problems, asking questions and coaching when invited. 

@northern_tester | http://testingisbelieving.blogspot.com

 

Duncan Nisbet: Surviving SAFe – Strategies for working within the Scaled Agile framework

To bastardise a quote from Joi Ito’s fabulous TED Talk Want to innovate? Be a “now-ist”

“SAFe is what people do to you, safety is what you do for yourself”

In this session, we’ll look at strategies & techniques that you as a developer or their leader can use to make the most of your organisation’s decision to adopt SAFe.

Whether you’re experienced with or completely new to Lean & Agile ideas, transitioning to SAFe is going to disrupt your daily life as the entire organisation strives to come in sync & harness the systems thinking approach to product delivery.

Key Takeaways

  • A high level introduction to SAFe
  • How it should help your organisation
  • Typical challenges you’ll face transitioning to SAFe
  • Strategies for overcoming those challenges (& embrace the opportunities SAFe provides)

Bio

Duncan Nisbet is a tester who believes development teams & the larger business can be smarter at  working together. He coaches Testers, Programmers & Business folk on how they can help each other communicate & collaborate in order to deliver software which will actually help to solve the problem. His efforts are focussed both during the everyday development or in team workshops which he facilitates. Duncan also blogs at www.duncannisbet.co.uk & lurks on Twitter @duncnisbet.

 

Mark Bargh: Seven Ingredients to Successful Software Releases

Too many software projects fail.

As testing professionals we constantly struggle to gain backing for some types of testing.

By creating a go-live checklist and seven areas of focus for the whole team I’m hoping they can be used as a driving force for stakeholders and the wider project team to understand the link between these go live criteria and transparent testing to inform them.

It empowers testing professionals move from peripheral and being regarded as somewhat irrelevant to key ,trusted advisers that help guide those critical decisions.

I want to discuss these seven areas in detail, to understand what the experiences that everyone has had with each area and where things can be missed. As well as opening up the debate on what hasn’t been consider or what we don’t need.

Bio

Mark Bargh is a founding director of ROQ and has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry. He has witnessed first-hand the myriad changes that have taken place as this dynamic sector has grown and become more complex. With a background covering the full project life cycle, Mark has performed numerous roles including project sponsor, project manager and programme test manager – giving him the broad perspective often needed to ensure programme success. Having also held strategic business roles within software testing consultancies, Mark currently oversees the operational and delivery aspects of ROQ, including the development of its methods, processes and services.

 

Simon Holland: In an uncertain world, what should we do to survive?

We live in uncertain times.

This is impacting the work we are doing as much as the world we are living in. In this position it’s hard to know what we should be turning in terms of how we move ourselves forward as QA and Test community

  • Should we become automation testers, is this where the future lies?
  • Do I need to learn how to code, do I need to be a developer as well as a tester?
  • Is the Test Manager role no longer required, should I become a Delivery Manager?
  • If I’m a tester in  an Agile skills then what are the skills I should be learning
  • Should I be a Test Coach, but what is a Test Coach

These are the type of questions that are causing uncertainty in my QA & Test team, and I hear it questioned both internally and externally as to whether we still need ‘testing’ as a separate discipline, “is this something that developers can do via automation”

In our transformation a key thing I have come to realise is that the value that testing brings is around the information we provide to stakeholders, not how we did our job, but what we discovered, and how we conveyed that information. Understanding the ‘why’ will then drive the ‘how’

In these uncertain times it is imperative that we focus on the value of information we provide to our stakeholders. We enable them to make the right decisions. Our value is in our communication and influencing ability.

Takeaways

  • How do we understand the value we bring in the SDLC
  • Where should we put our focus
  • How do we build a structure and process that ensures that the value that testing brings doesn’t get lost

Eventbrite - Assurance Leadership Forum - Wednesday 31 January 2018

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Assurance Leadership Forum 25 July 2018

The 58th Assurance Leadership Forum took place on Wednesday 25 July 2018 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Court

Guest Programme Chair: Kevin Palmer of Edge Testing

Sponsored by QA Symphony

Programme

 

13:30pm

Teas/Coffees

14:00pm

Introductions

14:15pm

Jayathira RAO, FCA: “A Different Dance: The Quest for Ultimate Balance”

Jay's slides are here

 

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: "Test Management Without Test Managers"


Paul's slides are here

 

Simon Norrington, Senior Sales Engineer, QA Symphony:

Macro Trends and Useful Testing Tools That 'Get It'

Simon's slides are here

15:30pm

Teas/Coffees

16:00pm

 

Julius Mong, Professional Services Manager, Eurofins Digital Testing: “Testing in the Digital TV world”

 

Andy Redwood, Test Manager Deutsche Bank: “Tales from a Test Manager”

Ben Fry and John Shortt, Founders, Expert Thinking: “Assuring your migration to a cloud enabled environment”

17:15pm

Drinks Reception

 

 

Abstracts and Bios:

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: "Test Management Without Test Managers"

Whether you are the tester in a team or running all the testing in a 10,000 man-year programme, there are test management activities. But increasingly, responsibility for testing in projects is distributed to smaller, Agile teams. There’s no need for a test manager as such – but some of the activities of test managers still need to be done. Perhaps the team jointly fulfil the role of a virtual test manager.

This session proposes a set of logistics-neutral test management disciplines in software projects. If you have an oversight or assurance role over teams without test managers, these are the disciplines to watch over.

In the team, rather than specific behaviours and templates we need to focus on the goals, motivations, thought processes, the sources of knowledge and the principles of application. Here’s the deal in a nutshell: here are some interesting questions to ask. You need to get the answers from your own customers, suppliers and colleagues and decide what to do next.

Bio:

Paul Gerrard has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them. He won the Eurostar European Testing excellence Award and in 2013, won The European Software Testing Awards (TESTA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited and is the host of the UK Assurance Leadership Forum.

Ben Fry, John Shortt, Expert Thinking: “Assuring your migration to a cloud enabled environment”

Everyone’s doing it. Very few are doing it well. Cloud, that is. Migrating to cloud is far more than moving assets from one tech stack to another. Yes, that is critical to success. At the same time as migrating your assets (network and infra, VMs, platforms, databases, storage, etc.), you’ve a very real (once in a lifetime) opportunity to rationalise and optimise your estate. Moving to a cloud enabled environment isn’t so much about technology itself but how it’s used, provisioned and consumed. You need to change the way you work – the proverbial cloud or digital transformation. Migrating to a cloud enabled environment presents huge potential benefit that very few are realising. Never before has the need for assurance in the purest sense of the word been an absolute must. 

Bios:
Ben Fry, John Short and the rest of the Expert Thinking (www.expert-thinking.co.uk) team help organisations maximise the value and benefit of their investment in cloud. The team brings together decades of experience successfully delivering ‘cloud’ in many different forms to mid-market and global enterprises, government and non-profit organisations, and helps clients successfully implement the technology, reengineer processes and coach teams to use cloud in anger, unlocking the real power of cloud to deliver real business benefit.

Jayathira RAO, FCA: “A Different Dance”

 

Rediscovered in 1905, a 2350 year old book, the Arthshastra, describes the guidelines used by ancient Indian kings and emperors to administer and nurture a vast country. Using the example of Jay’s ancestors’ fief, a small area in South India covering about 5000 sq km and 350 villages, this workshop simulates the challenges of running a kingdom using these guidelines and explores the similarities between the administrative principles of the ancients and the principles and values of the agile manifesto.

Working in groups of 4-6, participants will explore their understanding of agile principles and values by playing roles (king, chief minister, finance, defence and agriculture) and working as a team to run a small fief.

The simulation takes place over several years and introduces scenarios such as peace, drought, floods and war. Faced with these scenarios, participants will decide how to balance short and long term needs by allocated fixed resources, managing time and effort, and forecasting output. They will consider how each of these contribute to the growth and sustainability of their kingdom, along with the well-being of their subjects.

After each scenario the results of the team’s actions and decisions will calculated and parallels with contemporary agile methods will be discussed.

Bio:
TBA

Simon Norrington, QA Symphony: “Macro Trends and Useful Testing Tools That 'Get It'”

In the past decade, the field for testing and development tools has been both growing and changing at a rapid pace. Testers were previously limited to a handful of expensive, complicated tools, but the market is now full of several affordable, effective, and easy to use products. In this presentation Simon Norrington shares: 

  • The 5 most important test tool macro trends.
  • Examples of popular tools that are capitalizing on these trends.
  • With increased importance in the adoption of updated testing tools, it is more important than ever to stay current and capitalize on these trends. 

Bio:
Simon Norrington has over 20 years of experience in IT, with the last 12 years in the Software Testing arena. Simon has worked for IBM Rational and Hewlett Packard before joining QASymphony. Simon is a Certified SAFe Agilist and a Certified ScrumMaster.

 

Julius Mong, Professional Services Manager, Eurofins Digital Testing: “Testing in the Digital TV world”

In this talk, we will explore the approaches and challenges in testing for the digital TV world, and how conformance is the key to the best viewer experience 

Bio:
Julius manages Business Development and Professional Services at Eurofins Digital Testing who are experts in providing QA solutions and consultancy to key players in digital TV worldwide.

 

Andy Redwood, Test Manager Deutsche Bank: “Tales from a Test Manager”

As I contemplate retirement, I feel it’s time to give up some of the tricks of the trade I’ve learned whilst doing this job for the past 31 years. 

How did I fall into testing? How do you suddenly find yourself in charge? How does in charge of one project morph into being the Global Head of Testing for an organisation? What was my skillset and what is it now?

This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me…whomever’s out there!

Bio:
Andy is a senior testing practitioner managing test teams and test projects within an Investment Bank. He’s been a Test Specialist for more than 30 years.

Generally assigned to the Finance sector and usually the projects nobody else wants to do, Andy has navigated some of the largest testing project ever undertaken for some of the largest organisations on the planet.

He has been Head of Testing for Merrill Lynch Fixed Income, Credit Suisse Securities and JP Morgan Core Technology. Under contract he has helped BP, Oracle, Reuters, Bupa, Centrica, RBS, BT, SEB Bank, Swedish Stock Exchange, South West Electric, Halifax Building Society, TSB Bank, Dorset County Council, Datamatics, Deutsche Bank, Liverpool Victoria, Manpower, and UBS, try and improve their Testing Service.

Andy has a personal industry profile and is a regular public speaker at international conferences. He was Chair of the UK ISEB International standards Panel in 2003/4, the UK representative to the International Board in 2003. In 2004 he founded the ISEB UK Executive Committee at the request of David Clarke, the Chief Executive of the British Computer Society.

Andy was awarded the EuroSTAR Award for outstanding contribution to the Software Testing Industry in Europe, in December 2005, following a previous nomination in 2003.

 

Assurance Leadership Forum - 12 November 2018

The 60th Assurance Leadership Forum took place on Monday 12 November 2018 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Court

Guest Programme Chair: Scott Summers of nFocus

Programme

13:30pm

Teas/Coffees

14:00pm

Introductions

14:15pm

 

Peter Cherns, Product Manager - AI and Analytics, Eggplant

"4 real ways AI is transforming testing”

Pete's slides

Josh Howie, Stand-Up Comic

"Stand Up to Stand out"

Deri Jones, CEO, SciVisum

“12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”

Deri's slides

15:30pm

Teas/Coffees

16:00pm

Ali Rad, Baz Sahathevan, Gordon McKeown

"ButlerThing: How I learned to stop worrying and love load testing"

The session slides

 

Dee Nazareth/Sarah Summers/David Donne

"A sideways look at improving performance at work"

Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG

"Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you)"

17:15pm

Drinks Reception

 

 

Abstracts and Bios:

Peter Cherns, Product Manager - AI and Analytics, Eggplant, "4 real ways AI is transforming testing”

AI is clearly the big topic in testing this year, but how is AI really going to impact testing over the next two years? We’ve all seen lots of pictures of cyborgs, Alexas, and self-driving cars, but very little information about how AI is really going to change test creation, running tests, reviewing results, setting up test environments, and all the other activities testers do today. This presentation describes 4 concrete ways AI is changing testing, so you can start making use of the cool real technologies that are available today, and planning how you’re going to use these technologies to transform testing in your team.

Perter Cherns Bio:
Peter Cherns is the Product Manager for AI and Analytics at Eggplant. After originally graduating in physics and earning a PhD in materials science, Peter has worked for more than eight years in enterprise software, both in delivery and product. Before moving to the world of QA software tools he worked with materials data management systems, delivering solutions to some of the world's leading aerospace, automotive and consumer electronics organizations.

Josh Howie, "STAND UP TO STAND OUT"

Stand-up comedy is at its core an extreme form of live presentation. By taking a group of people through what being a stand-up comic entails, we can learn the fundamental lessons of what it takes to be a successful stand-up that are also applicable to the creation of excellent presentations. For what they have in common, is that they are both performances.
For those used to presenting, some of these concepts will be familiar, some new, but by examining them at work in a different framework, it then allows them to be reworked and honed within your own field. What we’re working towards at the end of the workshop, is to give people the tools to reexamine and improve upon their own presenting techniques, and send them out reinvigorated to tell their stories.

Josh Howie Bio
Writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom Josh Howie’s Losing It, nominated for a BBC Radio Award with its second series in production. Already a much in-demand stand-up comic, performing regularly at all the major comedy clubs around the UK, Josh was invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laugh’s comedy festival in Montreal, where he filmed the internationally distributed Just For Laugh’s All Access TV show.
In addition, Josh has written and performed four solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, before sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre, and most recently appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard, previously recording for two series of the Comedy Central show Comedy Store, and featuring on World Stands Up and Comedy Blue for the same channel. He spent four years as the writer/presenter of The Movie Geek on Sky Movies.

Deri Jones, CEO, SciVisum, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”

At its worst, our projects feel like chaos; 'The best laid plans of mice and men....'. Assurance is one of the key headings under which we reduce the likelihood of chaos, to get a good outcome; or at least a good-enough outcome. And repeatedly. We'll take one of the hottest new books: 12 Rules for Life, and apply the rules to our how we practise Assurance.
"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today” Our companies are just not the same in any way as Amazon or Facebook… so lets’ stop trying to copy, and instead, measure ourselves and ensure we’re improving
“Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient) “ As Assurance people, we are uniquely positioned to remind the whole organisation of what is meaningful, what is important to our customers. Or are we perceived as risk-averse Cassandras?!
We may even watch a few minutes of the most watched Channel-4 news interview ever: to see if the substance that caused 8M viewers, has something for the practise of assurance."

Deri Jones Bio
After Electronics at Cambridge University, and roles in ThickFilm semiconductors, and fibre-optic systems, spending time in the Far East; Deri moved to Canterbury in 1993 to head up the UK’s first ISP: 3 engineers, from the University of Kent computer lab. Companies were modem-dialling Canterbury for email and newsgroups. Deri grew the organisation until acquisition, and in 1997 he set up an internet security specialist, and grew the company to 25 staff before acquisition in 2002. In 2003 he set up SciVisum now a sector leader partnering with UK household names to de-risk and accelerate their digital growth through putting CX first when and monitoring & testing rapidly changing web systems. An occassional public speaker, Deri also runs a discussion group for deep-thinkers, speaks German at home, plays electric guitar, edits Wikipedia, cycles to work even in the snow, debates societal parallels between Islam, Christianity and Post-modernism; and bores his friends on Space-X and technology news.

Ali Rad/Baz Sahathevan/Gordon McKeown, ButlerThing:- How I learned to stop worrying and love load testing, "Case studies of Load Testing with Selenium and Turbo*

Why is it that in the last 20 years, the systems we are testing and the way we deliver projects has moved forwards in leaps and bounds yet load testing tools haven’t changed?
Why has the industry accepted the performance risk of testing at the network layer when web apps have complex client side processing that is simply ignored?
And why is it that non-functional testing rarely gets included in sprint or CICD pipeline and yet no one seems to mind?
We will discuss these and other issues the IT industry faces with load testing and what can be done to overcome them. Through case studies at BrowneJacobson, a national law firm with over 500 lawyers and Brewin Dolphin, a FTSE 250 Wealth Management business with 200 year old history, we will show how we used Selenium functional scripts to load test by driving the GUI.
Let’s debate the pros and cons of this approach and challenge the industry accepted status quo.

Bios
Ali Rad is a life-long IT specialist with an MBA from Chicago Booth University where he focused on technology strategy, data driven marketing and strategic finance. Ali is well-respected in the technology industry as an authority on the niche area of testing. Past clients include Barclays, Thomson Reuters, Centrica, Tait and Allied Telesyn Research.
Baz has been in the testing field for 17 years, 15 of which have been in the performance and non-functional testing space. Baz has spearheaded NFT delivery for various test consultancies at a number of well-known companies and understands the challenges faced in delivering IT in the changing software delivery landscape that we now face. He is passionate about bringing performance engineering best-practice and assurance into organisations.
Gordon has worked at the cutting edge of performance testing and test automation for two decades. He was CTO then CEO of Facilita and co-creator of the Forecast performance testing tool (the basis of eggPlant Performance). While Director of Performance Solutions at Eggplant he helped to implement effective testing solutions for clients from a variety of sectors.

Dee Nazareth/Sarah Summers/David Donne, "A sideways look at improving performance at work"

This practical and engaging session brings modern medicine into the workplace and give you the quickest and most direct route to improve all round performance . Prepare to be challenged as we discuss how functional medicine and the latest techniques in physical therapy can dramatically improve effectiveness in the work place by:

  • Improving mental performance and decision making
  • Improving relationships and cooperation amongst team members
  • Increasing productivity
  • Reducing stress and facilitating calmness
  • Reducing fatigue and increasing energy
  • Significantly reducing and most often resolving pain

This interactive session will give you some techniques that you can take away and apply
immediately at home and in the work place. It needs to be seen to be believed. What better way to
prove or disprove it than amongst a group of cynical testers?

Sarah
Sarah is a qualified physiotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience. She has a master’s degree in ‘Advanced physiotherapy’ and specialises in the ‘Be Activated’ approach. She has worked in central London for more than 15 years and currently works at the London Healthcare Clinic in Moorgate as well as running her own clinic in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire.

David
David is a level 5 Soft Tissue Remedial Therapist specialising in Be Activated technique he is also final year Osteopathy Student at the prestigious University College of Osteopathy. David also teaches soft tissue for the London School of Soft Tissue Therapy. He has had a varied career starting in IT Operations, spent time as a volunteer police officer amongst other things. A motorcycle accident in 2012 was the driver to change careers giving David a unique and personal insight into what it takes to come back after a life altering accident. David currently splits his time between his private practice in Bishopsgate, Six Physio in Fitzrovia and university in Southwark.

Deidre
Deirdre is a registered osteopath and naturopath with a master’s in pain neuroscience. She is a certified functional medicine practitioner, health coach and former personal trainer. She utilises her skills to effectively treat her clients with a truly holistic approach that considers the mental, emotional and physical well-being of each person. She helps her clients facilitate the changes necessary to bring them to a state of well-being while also empowering them in the process”

Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG, "Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you) "

  • We know the models for system testing but how do we test the readiness of the recipients. 
  • Is coms enough to deal with the coming change 
  • Phased approach against big bang
  • How do we test roll back or changes after we flick the switch without hitting the panic button? 
  • Does the statement ready for go live mean the same to everybody?

Daniel Dorval
With 16 years of experience Daniel is a highly skilled, proficient Testing Manager who has enjoyed an accomplished and successful career with a Large Global Banks’ Technical Services in Europe. He possesses a strong technical background in implementing large, complex change programmes in Banking and Blue Chip corporations to improve operational efficiency and risk management.
Daniel has extensive experience across the software testing lifecycle, and is very familiar with the V-Model test stages including System Testing, System Integration Testing, UAT as well as Regulatory Testing. He has driven great client satisfaction through defining, owning and delivering solutions and strategies across complex and heavily regulated business areas.

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