Apr 23

Overview of the event

We recently wrapped up 2017 as the year of digital quality. We talked about how digital transformation is going to bring even more drastic shifts in how we do software delivery. And how your organization needs to brace up to bring agile models to work in order to release higher quality software faster through automated testing.

A key trend that will sweep over to bring economies of scale, speed and intelligence will be automated testing followed by AI. We've seen a massive movement from manual to automation in the last couple of years, as manual could not handle this scale of change. Manual testing matrices are too big to approximate manually, take a long time, and are very complex to handle for applications like Uber, Snapchat, and Twitter that are scaling at the speed of light.

Manual testing might not be able to meet the demand of a plethora of web browsers, devices, operating systems, screen resolutions, and responsive designs. And to deliver quality at the speed of digital, there will be a need to bring in the right automated testing initiatives. But automation is vast and there are several nuances to it. Which nuances will be more pronounced in 2018?

121 Agile Testing and Test Automation will help you get industry best practices in Agile Testing & Test Automation and the latest tools and techniques to achieve it.

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7 Speakers
7 Topics
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121 Agile Testing and Test Automation, Atlanta

X Topic Abstract

Mobile applications introduced a new set of challenges for testing, but it doesn't stop there - now we must evolve our test strategy further to keep up with an ever increasing number of technologies that present even more challenges, like IoT and AI.

This session will start with some recent trends/challenges in testing IoT, Mobile, and Cloud applications. Next, we will cover the components that go into a proper test strategy, such as building a test lab, test coverage, test data, test management, tools, and automation. Lastly, Costa will walk participants through a recent case study of a large project with a Fortune 500 company. This project entailed a global mobile enterprise app, a brand new IoT solution (first of it's kind in the world), and a new cutting edge Cloud solution for dashboards and analytics. We will cover real project challenges and how best practices were applied to overcome these.


- Create a proper multi-technology test strategy
- Learn how to address nuances of IoT, Mobile, Cloud and integration for testing teams
- Review how to design a world class multi-technology test environment
- Explore sample frameworks and methodologies for multi-technology environments
- Learn from real-world examples of a high profile Fortune 500 client project

Speaker Profile

Costa is a recognized thought leader with over 25 years experience in "the software factory". Prior roles include Developer, Tester, Automation Engineer, QA Director, Product Manager, and CTO, managing complex systems of over 100M users in most major industries. A visionary innovator, he has devoted much of his career to emerging technologies, culminating with a breakthrough invention, a patented mobile technology. Costa is a frequent speaker, and is currently writing a book titled "Winning Mobile Strategies – Bridging the Quality Gap".

Costa is the CEO of Avracom Consulting and formerly the Global Practice Leader for Capgemini’s Mobile Testing division. As a trusted advisor, he transforms organizations by creating winning strategies to develop best of breed applications using cutting edge technologies such as IoT, along with Mobile, and Cloud. To date he has saved his clients over $100M in IT expenses. Costa is certified Six Sigma and TPI and can be reached at costa@avracom.com.

X Topic Abstract

User stories have played a pivotal role in shifting the software paradigm to agile. Too often though, they are abused, leaving teams and organizations frustrated. Everyone involved in the project gets affected and that affects the software and team morale negatively.

One of the powerful approaches to create better software through collaboration with the whole team is Behavior driven development. In this talk, Sameer will share the basics of BDD, good user stories and share examples from his experience how BDD has helped teams and organizations, with motivation and contributed to delivery of quality software.

Learning Outcomes:

- What is behavior driven development (BDD)?
- How to get started with BDD on your team, regardless of your role
- Success stories of teams and organizations using BDD

Speaker Profile

Sameer has played every possible role within the software development lifecycle and grown into an agile coach and trainer. He has been closely associated with the Atlanta’s local and global agile community. Formerly the Program Manager for PMI Atlanta Agile forum and the Knowledge Management lead for PMI global Agile Community of Practice(CoP), he is recognized for his contributions towards the 5th edition of PMBOK and volunteering with multiple agile organizations & conferences.

X Topic Abstract

Strategy to create Digital Assurance Continuous Automation process , Team agility process and how it helps in Security, Performance, and Omni Channel Assurance.

Speaker Profile

Chithrai S Mani is a Director at Infovision.inc. Focusing Digital Transformation for Fortune 500 companies,he has strong Architect experience in BigData, Cloud, AI,Serverless, Mobile, DevOps, Analytics and Datawarehouse. He has managed solution delivery team for multi billion dollar clients including Halliburton, Transcore,7-11 ,etc..in AWS/ Azure/GCP and Data Management with wide variety of other latest technologies & Domains.

X Topic Abstract

How does automated testing fit into the agile process?
Testing what to automate?
CI/CD pipelines and testing across multiple scrum teams.
Automated Regression testing. Turning from a headache to a help
Working technical debt within your testing system.

Speaker Profile

John Kimpel is a Senior Director – Software Engineering who works with business leaders and development teams to deliver software solutions focused on customer satisfaction.

John believes in defining a vision, empowering the teams to own the vision, and driving accountability to commitments. He has a passion for putting the customer first which leads to his quality mindset. Throughout his 18 years in the industry he has a proven track record of implementing agile development and turning around under performing teams.

John has worked in many roles of increasing responsibility throughout his career including Software Developer, Software Project Manager, Software QA Manager, Software Director. He has spent his career working in three different business units within GE, most recently leading the APM and OPM development efforts for GE Power.

John is a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner.

John holds a BS in Computer Science from Utah State University and a MBA from University of Phoenix.

X Topic Abstract

Is your team constantly feeling pressure to deliver software on-time without compromising quality? As your test automation process ramps up, your testing efforts can lag behind because of speed and scalability issues. Test environments are often the root cause for a number of these problems due to the time it takes to create them, and the cost to reflect real users. SmartBear’s Bria Grangard walks through the steps to alleviate frustrations by identifying key bottlenecks in your testing process so you won’t have to compromise speed or quality. Incorporating a test automation platform can cut your testing time in half by leveraging cloud capabilities of testing multiple devices and browsers at one time, and fixing bugs as fast as you find them. Attendees experience real world testing across multiple environments, techniques that can help easily speed up your testing efforts, and strategies to enable parallel testing for both manual and automated testing processes. Additionally, attendees learn new ways to quickly pinpoint problem areas in your tests.

Speaker Profile

Bria Grangard is a subject matter expert in the software testing field. She manages SmartBear Software’s testing products which include award winning automated testing tool, TestComplete, CrossBrowserTesting, and QAComplete test management. A popular speaker on topics such as how to accelerate your testing pipeline through parallel testing, and best practices for managing test cases, Bria loves to speak to testers in all industries with all software development styles, educating them on ways they can speed up their release cycle without compromising the quality of their applications.

She has earned three degrees from Dartmouth College, including two bachelor degrees in engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management. Bria recently spoke at the Automation Guild Online Conference (https://automationguild.com/), and has upcoming speaking engagements at Romania Testing Days, Better Software West, and more!

X Topic Abstract

Prepare to sunset your manual and testing lab or at least slow its investment. SmartBear has built one of the largest high availability testing labs in the cloud, supporting different OS's, screen resolutions, and browser combinations. Combined with our automated testing suite, we will show you how to spend less time executing your testing plan. A demonstration will span live testing, screen captures, and automated test creation.

X Topic Abstract

The pressure on enterprises to deliver quality at speed has never been higher. However, also at peak levels are the sheer quantities of data, lack of expertise, limited knowledge of tools and huge backlog of test cases/defect. What if we could harness the power of Machine Learning to cut through backlogs, optimize test processes and accelerate release cycles? Well, we can. The AI/ML era in software testing is happening, now.

Join this session to explore common testing challenges that enterprises face due to spiraling complexity and QA pressures - and learn how to apply ML to optimize testing activities.

Speaker Profile

Ashish Nirgudkar is a Consulting Manager at Cognizant Business Consulting practice. He has been in the IT Industry for more than 14 years with diverse global experience with multiple Fortune 500 companies within the technology, telecommunications, and retail domains. His specialties include Product Management & Consulting, Business - Technology Enablement, Agile Transformation & Coaching, IT Strategy & Governance, Process/Quality Consulting, Program Management. He holds multiple software certifications: Scaled Agile – Program Consultant (SPC), Scrum Alliance - CSM, QAI-CMST, QAI-CSTE and is a regular blogger on Agile Transformation & Software Quality.

X Topic Abstract

While some may think that Digital Engineering de-values testing, I’d argue that it brings it to the forefront. There are many points in the digital engineering and product mindset where testing is clear and present. Combining continuous test automation with Shift Left concepts, as well as TDD, ATDD, and BDD, leaves one’s head spinning. Furthermore, the roles and new platforms make testing "interesting." For this session, we’ll cover the pragmatic application of testing in a digital engineering context.

X Topic Abstract

The concepts of TDD and BDD/ATDD have been around for sometime, and in recent years we’ve seen an emergence in Hypothesis Driven Development. During this session, we’ll look to the future and see how these test based design approaches will help enable our ability to deliver in tomorrow’s world.

We’ll take a look at each of the different approaches, look at how they play together and how teams can set forth a strategy to move into tomorrow.

Speaker Profile

Matt Badgley Lean/Agile Coach Matt’s career journey has had him wearing many hats ranging from Systems Analyst to Programmer to IT Manager to Programmer to Director. Today, Matt works as a Lean / Agile coach and trainer. He’s a practicing learner, aspiring leader, and he's constantly walking the line between pragmatism and conviction when it comes to the application of Lean / Agile principles and practices.

Matt's stated Purpose is simple, "I believe in working with teams to help them get better, learn, and be successful in building stuff while having fun."

At the end of the day, Matt believes in integrity, hard work, trial-and-error, people, and faith.

Learn more about Matt Badgley at:

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbadgley/
Twitter - @agilebaconbeer @bluhoundhowling
Blog - https://agilebacon.com

X Topic Abstract

How does one prepare for Agile?
Preparation for Agile does not involve only the development teams, the entire organization must shift.

Project managers and the PMO must get ready to track deliverables differently. If the PMO is still asking for deliverable as in the waterfall projects; they must be educated by the teams to become more agile oriented
Managers must be ready to measure performance differently and set goals in accordance with agile philosophy
The team must be ready to view the team’s prerormance as a reflection of their own
Testers must be ready to move away from the mindset of testing at the end to testing as the functionality is being designed.
Developers must get into the mindset that quality has to be built in.
Automation is key, so testers must be trained to be ready to automate
Developers must work along with testers to assist in automation

How do the above changes happen?
There must be an Agile Evangelist in the organization. Management must set the tone for changes. The team must be convinced that agile is a better way of working and that finding and defects early is ultimately the direction any organizaion must take to survive the changing industry.

My preference would be to make this an interactive sesssion; using the points above to generate discussion with the audience enabling them to gain insight from each other and from the differences in their organizations.

Speaker Profile

Prudence Franklin works in the Optical Networking industry as a Technical Manager. She has been in the software tesing field as Tester, Test Manager, Director for the last 20 years.

She is currently performing the role of Srum Master, Product Owner and Manager of a Software development group. She has been instrumental in her company transforming from a waterfall to agile organization.

In her spare times, she loves running, reading and spending time with her family.

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Who can attend 121 Agile Testing and Test Automation in Atlanta?

121 Agile Testing and Test Automation 2018 in Atlanta is open to anyone who has an interest in Agile, Automation Testing, Automation Frameworks or any related field.

Why to attend 121 Agile Testing and Test Automation in Atlanta?

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? 121 Agile Testing and Test Automation 2018 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.

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