Apr 25

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.

Facts & Figures About The Event

7 Speakers
7 Topics
100 Tickets

Conference Schedule

121 Agile Testing and Test Automation, Nashville

X Topic Abstract

How to calculate ROI for automation testing? Is this a question that you are asked every day? Well, we are here to help with detailed explanation on the ROI calculations and other strategies on test automation.

Test Automation is attractive, necessary, and expensive too. The decision in front of us is whether to invest in automated testing or continue with manual testing. In this talk, we will share ‘tested & applied’ ways of looking at Automation strategy, engagement with other test areas, and ROI calculations & socialization.

Speaker Profile

Priyanka Sharma

19+ year of engineering background and focuses on building the frameworks, and cultural intelligence strengths.

• PMI Symposium (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• SCRUM Alliance 2014
• Music City Agile 2016
• Music City Code 2016
• CIDM 2017
• ADC East 2017

Pooja Sharma

18+ year of IT background developing and implementing test strategies, operational procedures and quality methodologies based on TMMi standard.

Experience in organizing, staffing, planning, and standing up a testing practice for production support initiative.

X Topic Abstract

Diversity is becoming the norm in everyday life. Introducing global delivery models without a proper understanding of intercultural differences leads to numerous areas of difficulty, frustration, and reduced productivity. In this diverse world, we need teams who can cross these imaginary boundaries, people who can communicate effectively, and to build diverse networks necessary to avoid problems. Learn how to build more culturally intelligent place with tools and techniques from "Leading with Cultural Intelligence" by David Livermore, as well as content from the Hofstede cultural model. In addition, we discuss some real life experiences to illustrate the model and demonstrate how we adapted in common circumstances.

In this survival guide we will share the path to success in diverse culture, and how learning Cultural Intelligence supports the same. Cultural Intelligence refers to the cognitive, motivational, and behavioral capacities to understand and effectively respond to the beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals & groups under complex and changing circumstances in order to effect a desired change.

People with higher cultural intelligence,tend to have better performance in culturally diverse situations, specifically in the areas of:

• Cross-Cultural Adaptability
• Judgement and Decision Making
• International Communication and Negotiation
• Strategic Thinking and Leadership

Information for Program Team:

Learning culture has become a need rather than a choice. In this presentation, we will cover snippets from 'Leading with Cultural Intelligence' by David Livermore and Hofstede cultural model. The feedback received - this presentation not only provided good insights of intercultural understandings but also increased appreciation of cultural differences.

Prerequisite Knowledge: None

Learning Outcomes:

• Appreciate Cultural Intelligence concepts and how it interprets with relevance to Global Effectiveness
• Understand your own Cultural Intelligence awareness scale and identify effective skill-set for the intercultural setting
• Ability to map cultural differences and distinguish the influences of the different cultural values
• Develop a cultural intelligence knowledge action plan

Speaker Profile

Priyanka Sharma

19+ year of engineering background and focuses on building the frameworks, and cultural intelligence strengths.

• PMI Symposium (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• SCRUM Alliance 2014
• Music City Agile 2016
• Music City Code 2016
• CIDM 2017
• ADC East 2017

X Topic Abstract

Agile User Stories have evolved, as has the relationship between Product Owners and Testers. As Business and IT have sought common ground, communication, clarity and context have become key. Behavior Driven Development (BDD) provides for better collaboration among all team members, but more directly connects the dots for Testers from the Business/Product Owner’s perspective.

This presentation will compare/contrast utilizing "Given", "And", "When" and "Then", the use of the "5 Whys", and other methods for extracting BDD Scenarios, versus the User Story format of "As a", "I would like", "so that" construct. A brief background on the history and development of BDD will also be presented.

Participants will be able to practically apply techniques discussed in this session and gain an understanding of the benefits of a BDD approach

Speaker Profile

Sherry Hall (CSP, CSPO, CSM, SAFeAgilist) is a servant leader who transcends technology and business arenas, while interfacing with delivery teams and mid to senior level executives at Fortune 100 and large corporations. She has led programs ranging from cutting-edge business software development to global IT operations. Her engagements include insurance, financial services, health care, human resources, pharmaceutical and supply-chain distribution, manufacturing, and global technology operations. Her roles have varied from agile coach, agile trainer, scrum master and, more recently, SAP UAT project manager.

Agile Presentations

• "DevOps: Checklist for Vertical Agile Integration", AgileIndy, 2017
• "Agile Methodologies" panelist, Music City Code, 2015
• "Agile for Delivery and Integrated Validation Teams", Cognizant University, 2014
• "Agile Program Management" Cognizant Technology Solutions web conferencing training series, 2013 to 2014

X Topic Abstract

Quality Assurance can sometimes be an afterthought in Agile SDLC processes. We will discuss how to do testing at what phases of the sprint (planning, execution, Sprint 0) and how to ensure that the right type of testing is happening at the right time. Tools such as the Agile Testing Quadrant can help teams prioritize what processes to implement in each level of Agile maturity.

Speaker Profile

Elise Hudson (CSP, PMP, MPA) has been challenging the status quo in IT for 25 years. She has traveled the world working for major corporations and government agencies alike (her favorite was supporting the NSF in McMurdo Station, Antarctica). Elise has served in various management roles including as part of project/program, workforce management, SDLC/Agile, and Quality Assurance teams.

X Topic Abstract

Do you think that the benefits of having embedded QA on an Agile team is to have them write test cases and verify stories? This is just the tip of iceberg. Join the discussion to understand the full value a company and team gain from having a QA member on the team.

Speaker Profile

Al Kraus is an Agile Coach and Author. He has been doing Agile/Scrum since 2006. He is an accomplished facilitator and presentor with a true passion for Agile and helping teams improve.

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Supporting Partners


Our Speakers

Priyanka Sharma

Director QA

DaVita Kidney Care

Pooja Sharma

Sr. Manager QA

DaVita Kidney Care

Jim Trentadue

Sr. QA / Testing Manager


Sherry L. Hall

Agile Coach

HCL Technologies

Alfred Kraus

Agile Coach/Author


Elise Hudson

PMO Manager

Nashville Electric Service

Thena Berry

Manager BA

DaVita Kidney Care

Our Pricing

Group of 3 or more
USD 299 Till April 25
Early Bird
USD 399 Till March 18
USD 499 Till April 25

Our Testimonial


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

121 Agile Testing and Test Automation 2018 in Nashville 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 Nashville?

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.

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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