Oct 13

7+ Speakers and 100 Tickets

Overview of the event

Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit 2017 will be happening in New York on October 13th, 2017, with focus on Technical Sessions featuring over 7+ Presentations exploring the depth and breadth of Agile software development and Test Automation across all practices, and perspectives. The Summit will be a key meeting place for Test Professionals and Executives from leading IT organizations. The event features an inspiring day of talks and workshops by professional speakers focused on Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevQAOps Innovation.

The discussion in the Summit will be on what are the key challenges to improve your strategy, team development, test professional-skills , agile testing challenges and Test Automation implementation.

Facts & Figures About The Event

7 Speakers
7 Topics
100 Tickets

Conference Schedule

Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit, New York

X Topic Abstract

Traditionally, testing is often thought of as the "Quality" function of the software development process. One that happens after the "creative work" of the product and development team are finished. Over the past decade, Agile testing methods like Test Driven Development and technology advancements in test automation have improved team responsiveness and release cycle time. Yet while Agile Testing methods have made software development more efficient there is still a great need to make it more effective - with a tighter alignment to features and capabilities that actually matter to the users.

Lean startup is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning. Stephen speaks on how to add the most relevant concepts of Lean Startup to your Agile Testing regime in order to guide backlog prioritization and discover new features and capabilities. The natural feedback loops of testing, especially during UAT, provide a continual opportunity to see from the users perspective. By using Lean Startup methods and making testing an integral part of the innovation process your team can make products not only that work but that matter.

Speaker Profile

Stephen Graves is currently the CEO of eTruVal, a startup providing property data and analytics to commercial real estate investors. Previously, he was Director of Global Business Operations at CA Technologies, where he ran multiple programs initiatives including New Product Incubation across all the business units. Prior to that, Stephen has held positions as a management consultant, a senior Business Analyst for a NYC government agency managing multi-million dollar projects and has founded two tech startups. Additionally, Stephen has earned an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and certifications as a Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master, ITSL and SAFeAgilist.

X Topic Abstract

Agile frameworks (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, XP), individuals’ roles & responsibilities, processes & tools, metrics & reporting, burn-up charts, estimation techniques, backlog prioritization, agile engineering practices, agile maturity models etc. – all of them are important attributes of a typical agile transformation. However, NONE of them are first-degree-of-importance system variables that are responsible for transformation success. Most of them, are good superficial lagging indicators of agility but they are all corollary (secondary and tertiary) to another much more important system variable.

What is the most important system variable that defines a company’s agility? It is Organizational Design – the most deeply rooted element of organizational ecosystem that defines most of system dynamics.

When organizational leadership decides to take an organization through an agile transformation journey (it could take years, sometimes), it [leadership] needs to acknowledge that real, sustainable agile changes are only possible if deep, systemic organizational improvements are being made. For that, leadership needs to be prepared to provide to its organization much more than just support in spirit, accompanied organizational messages of encouragement and statements of vision. Leadership must be prepared to intimately engage with the rest of an organization, by doing a lot of real "gemba" (genchigenbutsu) and change/challenge things that for decades, and sometimes for centuries, have been treated as de-facto.

What does it really mean for leadership to engage at System Level? First, it is important to identify what a system is: what are a system’s outer boundaries? For example, one of the most commonly seen mistakes that companies make when they decide on “scope of agile transformation” is limiting its efforts to a stand-alone organizational vertical, e.g. Technology – and just focusing there. Although this could bring a lot of local (to IT) success, it may also create unforeseen and undesirable friction between the part of an organization that has decided to change (IT) and the part of an organization that decided to remain ‘as is’ (e.g. Operations, Marketing). For example, if Scrum teams successfully adopt CI/CD, TDD or other effective engineering practices that enable them deliver PSPI at the end of every sprint, but business is not able to keep up with consumption of deliverables (too many approvals, sign offs, red tape) then the whole purpose of delivering early and often gets defeated. Then, instead of delivering to customers soon, in exchange for timely feedback, teams end up delivering in large batches and too far apart on a time scale.

A successful Agile Leader must treat an organization, that is expected to transform, as a sushi roll. Just like seaweed alone does not provide a full spectrum of flavors and does not represent a complete, healthy meal, one single department (e.g. IT) is not sufficient enough to participate in agile transformation efforts. Other organizational layers need to be included as well, when identifying a slice for agile transformation experiment. A slice does not have be too thick. In fact, if organizational slice is too thick, it might be too big to "swallow and digest". But still, even when sliced thinly, an organization must include enough layers, to be considered as a 'complete meal'.

Note: A great example of treating an organization as a sushi role, while making it more agile, is Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) adoption.

So, what are some key focus areas that every Agile Leader must keep in mind, while setting an organization on agile transformation course?

Location strategies. Geographic locations.

HR policies (e.g. career growth opportunities, compensation, promotions)
Budgeting & Finance
Intra-departmental internal boundaries and spheres of influence
Organizational Leadership Style
And some other areas that historically have been considered as …untouchable…
All the above listed areas are defined by Organizational Design and can be better understood through self-assessment, done by organizational leaders at all levels.

Speaker Profile

Gene Gendel is Agile Coach, Trainer and Organizational Design Agent. Gene is a proud member of the small community (about 94 people worldwide) of Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC). Today, he is the only CEC who resides in NY State. Gene's goal is to help organizations and individual teams with improving internal dynamics, organizational structure and overall efficiency. He strives to engage at all organizational levels: senior- and mid-level management, teams and individuals. In his work, Gene uses various methods, tools and techniques to strengthen learning of others and to ensure that teams and individuals gain autonomy after he “coaches himself out of the job”. Throughout his long career, Gene has served small, mid-size and large companies, domestically and abroad.

Gene is a well-recognized member of global and local agile communities, where he is influences people via open-space agile collaboration workshops, coaching retreats, group events and presentations.

Gene is a well-recognized blogger and publisher. He is the co-author of the book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners (free pdf). His collection of personal essays (“The Green Book“) can be also found here.

Gene strongly supports Scrum Alliance (SA) in its efforts of "transforming the world of work". He is an active member of SA working group of coaches and trainers that have been involved in improving SA certification/education programs, by aligning them with natural career paths of agile professionals: Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC) (Gene is also one of co-creators of the program) and Enterprise Level Coaching Certifications (CEC). Through these efforts, Gene tries helping highly qualified individuals to differentiate themselves from lowered standards.

Gene's additional credentials are:

• Certified in Agile Leadership (CAL),
• Certified in Large Scale Scrum (CLP)
• LeSS-friendly Scrum Trainer
• Certified in Scrum @ Scale (S@S)
• Mentor to Coaches

Here is the list of Gene’s additional focus areas:

• Organizational/System design
• Enterprise-wide, scaling agile solutions and frameworks
• Promoting System over Local Optimization
• Moving companies away from Skinnerian Behaviorism
• Converting Taylorian Corporate Culture to Kaizen
• Educating about Motivation/Rewards/Incentives
• Agile Product Ownership and Management
• Coaching Sr.Leadership, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Teams
• Implementing Agile frameworks: Scrum, Kanban

X Topic Abstract

Digital disruption is creating swift and radical change across all industries and every stack in the enterprise. IT leaders must find ways to build a powerful digital-ready IT backbone powered by Agile, DevOps, next-gen technologies and modern teams. A harmonized implementation of agile, DevOps tooling, modern engineering models & IT automation is imperative to realize IT agility. Cognizant’s OneAgility Lab provides an immersive experience of modern IT for key industry scenarios, through seamless integration of leading technologies, industry best practices and shows how organizations can get visibility into - and management of - the entire application development lifecycle from concept to cash. This session would provide an end to end evidence-able perspective of Agile, DevOps, modern engineering and modern teams in action and shows how these concepts can be applied in a unified manner to realize continuous planning, collaborative development, continuous integration, continuous quality, continuous deployment and continuous monitoring. The session includes a lab demonstration of IT agility through a live emulation of an industry usecase from concept to cash using best of breed tools, technologies, practices and processes and shows how various levers can be applied in unison for modern IT. The session would be an eye opener to enable agility in your teams!

Speaker Profile

Technology Leader with 16+ years of global experience in Strategic IT Consulting, Enterprise transformation, Product development, Enterprise Architecture and Implementation large IT solutions for global clients. Incubated and launched multiple innovative and patented products & platforms for modern IT. Specialized in transforming global clients to realize technology modernization and next-gen agility. Currently focused on setup of digital engineering labs for research, incubation, pilot and rollout of modern Agility concepts such as Agile planning, DevOps, modern technologies and T-shaped teams and evangelizing these next-gen models to enterprise stakeholders.

X Topic Abstract

In this session speaker will speak about the evolution of Agile testing and the benefit of setting up Continuous Testing pipeline.

Speaker Profile

Jameel Kusugal is an IT Pro working with fortune 100 companies in banking & finance, oil & gas , technology and telecommunications, to deliver IT solutions for their complex business requirements.He has gained a rich experience working in different geographies like North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Middle East.

In the past, he has worked for some of the best Silicon Valley companies like Borland Software, Mercury and Hewlett Packard in various roles. He also served as board member for Hewlett Packard (HP) Partner Advisory Council (EMEA), which is an advisory group suggesting and recommending HP on building the best partner eco system in EMEA region

He has not only won many accolades and awards personally but also helped his organization to win many industry awards. A proponent of Extreme Automation in every facet of software delivery and operations. He is a proactive leader and a strategic visionary with one goal, to make his customers successful!

He is the Co-Founder of Austere Technology Services (austeretech.com), a technology company that helps organizations to deploy enterprise devOps.

He is also the Co-Founder of e-trucktax.com a startup that enables users to e-file form 2290 with IRS.

X Topic Abstract

Anytime Anywhere Agile Test automation
(Vision, Goal, Communicate, Implement, Institutionalize)

- Introduce Continuous Integration/ Automated Test System. (CI/ATS)
- Vision, Cultural turn around, setting org direction and Goal (Turnaround to Automation)
- SAFe Agile model- Devops / System team explained
- A model of CI-ATS Work Flow
- Automation in the holistic organizational approach of DevOps (L0-L4 Agile Tests)
- Unified Automation framework
- Assess the technology, brain storm sessions and decision
- A global Anytime Anywhere Agile Test automation system
- Challenges in Test Automation implementation
- Measure (Efficiency, Productivity, Cycle time)
- Institutionalizing Automation

Speaker Profile

Kesavapillai Tilak is Operations head Test and Automation with Zebra Technologies, New York. He has spearheaded Global Anytime Anywhere Automation for Mobile computing devices. Tilak has experience as Head of Engineering with expertise in leading Large Global Engineering teams, Agile development, Devops, Quality with Lean development and Global customer management.

Previously as Director and Head of small cell R&D India for Nokia Networks he was instrumental in creating Wi-Fi product line. He has Extensive experience with worldwide Telecom customers and Managing Commercial Launches for customers in Japan, Europe, India and USA.

Prior to that Tilak was Director CDMA Engineering Motorola Networksand Chair University Relations.

He has served as board member for Academic excellence and on Board of studies for Universities. Has been corporate trainer for Leadership programs at Nokia and Motorola. Tilak has completed Bachelor of Engineering from Anna University, India and MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia in International business.

X Topic Abstract

Given the growing use of technology in almost all aspects of personal and business environment, mission critical applications hold a special case where extreme care is required as failure is not an option when human life or business survival is at stake. Use of Full Life Cycle Object-Oriented Testing (FLOOT) Methodology goes beyond TDD in providing confidence that quality will be of paramount importance in the course of application development. In this presentation, we will compare and contrast the two techniques.

Speaker Profile

As Medhira Enterprises’ President, lead consultant and learning solutions provider, Anita focuses on providing project management and operational best practice solutions to her global clients. Anita has over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies managing strategic quality initiatives such as SEI’s CMM certification, project office implementation, talent development, agile, outsourcing, and software development. She has conducted over 500 workshops across the globe, and shared her expertise with over 5000 students. Anita has published several CAPM®/PMP® Exam Prep books to assist candidates in their quest for PMI certification. Anita Dhir, PMP®, B.S. in Computer Engineering, is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU.

X Topic Abstract

1. Unit testing
- motivation
- tools and languages
- architecture
- Is pure TDD possible?
- code coverage

2. Integration testing
- what to test
- time to run
- data dependency

3. User Journey / UI testing
- what to test
- cons and pros
- tools
- environments

4. Performance testing
- hardware metrics
- analysis of bottlenecks
- generating random data

5. Contract testing
- about pact
- configuring consumer and provider
- limitations

6. Application metrics, healthchecks and alerting

7. Jenkins pipeline

Speaker Profile

Pavel Sumarokov took his Master's degree in Math and Computer Science from Omsk State University in 2008. From 2007 to 2009 he worked as Java engineer at Luxoft Inc. In late 2009 Pavel started his own company Al Digit Ltd to build iOS and Android apps. After Al Digit was acquired by Lineate LLC in 2016 Pavel moved to New York and joined Lineate as Solution Architect and Director of Mobile Engineering

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Our Speakers

Jameel A Kusugal



Anita Dhir


Medhira Enterprises

Pavel Sumarokov

Director of Mobile Engineering


Gene Gendel

Certified Enterprise Coach

Global Enterprise Company

Kesava Pillai Tilak

Operations head Test and Automation

Zebra Technologies

Prashanth Premkumar

Senior Director - Digital Systems and Technology


Stephen Graves



Our Pricing

Group of 3 or more

USD 300

Till October 13
Early Bird

USD 400

Till September 13

USD 500

Till October 13

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Who can attend Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevQAOps Summit in New York?

Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevQAOps Summit 2017 in New York is open to anyone who has an interest in Agile, Automation Testing, Automation Frameworks or any related field.

Why to attend Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevQAOps Summit in New York?

Following are the three key questions you and your testing organization or testing department and testing center of excellence should be solving for now: How do we as testers and testing company evolve and thrive in SMAC & IoT world?
From tooling to skilling and from strategies to fundamental values what needs to change and how? What are solutions and services available in market which I can leverage? Agile Testing, Test Automation & DevQAOps Summit 2017 is an attempt to seek and share answers to these basic questions.

What will you learn about?

Learn latest techniques and skills required to test disruptive technologies from industry stalwarts themselves Latest trends, concepts, processes and tools for testing in SMAC & IoT Recognize, understand and acknowledge challenges in testing emerging technologies. Meet and network with fellow testing experts from leading companies.Learn how to adapt and adopt these changes quickly and swiftly within a team and also across the enterprise.

Are there any prerequisites to attend this program?


Do I need to register for the event?

Yes, all conference attendees must register in advance to attend the event.

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