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Technical Practices [clear filter]
Thursday, May 25

9:35am CDT

Continuous Delivery for Agile Teams
Your business is moving fast and your team and your software need to keep up. As one of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto, Continuous Delivery has changed how teams develop, deploy and run software. Continuous Delivery is a critical automation practice under the DevOps umbrella. It allows a constant flow of code change through test and validation environments so that what is released to production meets the business needs without disruption. Find out how your team can be working toward a consistent and cohesive goal.

In this lecture, you will learn the principles of how to set up your own continuous delivery pipeline, very similar to how Microsoft's NuGet team manages NuGet.org. We will use the same chain of tools, and the same techniques. These principles apply beyond .NET.

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Jeffrey Palermo

CEO, Clear Measure
Jeffrey Palermo is the CEO of Clear Measure, the GO TO software engineering firm for mid-market B2B companies, and one of the fastest growing small businesses in central TX (ABJ/Inc. 5000). Jeffrey has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP since 2006 and has spoken at national conferences... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 9:35am - 10:35am CDT
Room 3 & 4
  Technical Practices

10:55am CDT

DevOps Agility with Containers, Unikernels, and Serverless
In the last few years, we have made a number of advancements in the way we treat applications, their deployments and the corresponding infrastructure. With the rise of microservices, containers, unikernels and now, serverless applications, we have new ways of deploying applications to production, and more importantly, quicker and simpler ways to make our infrastructure more Agile.

This talk will cover the advancements in containers, unikernels and serverless computing and discuss their common use cases. We'll also cover how newer architectures and methodologies using containers and serverless can make application delivery more Agile than in the past, and drive business value at a faster rate.

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Karthik Gaekwad

Head of CloudNative Engineering, Verica
Karthik Gaekwad is a veteran engineer who enjoys learning and building software and software products using cloud and container technologies.He has worked in large enterprises and startups, with his career spanning National Instruments, Mentor Graphics, Signal Sciences, StackEngine... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:55am - 11:55am CDT
Room 2
  Technical Practices

1:20pm CDT

Agile Testing Principles and Praxis
Agile focuses on outcomes, not activities, with a goal of delivering value to our customers - both effectively (doing the right thing) and efficiently (doing it right). The lack of sufficient quality will hinder or hamstring our efforts, and may even doom our ability to deliver.

Quality is everyone’s responsibility. To help reveal the level of quality existent in the product at a given time, Agile teams need people with strong testing skills. On teams lacking sufficient pi-shaped people, this generally means people specialized in testing.

Testers don’t determine ‘quality’; the Product Owner (PO), business stakeholders, and customers do. Testers support the PO and stakeholders by helping everyone to understand and clarify acceptance criteria, and to understand and mitigate risk.

In this session we will discuss principles of Agile quality and testing, tools for gaining a shared understanding of the feature/story and for developing executable specifications that can be utilized for both development and testing, the test automation spectrum from unit tests through ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development), and exploratory testing.

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Earl Everett

President / Principal Agile Coach, Advancing With Agile, LLC
Earl Everett is a hands-on Agile practitioner who coaches and guides teams and organizations on their journeys of agility. His first Agile experience was in 1974, when he began playing rugby, a game which provides an immersive experience of high-performing cross-functional teams utilizing... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Room 3 & 4

2:40pm CDT

Lessons from the Lovable Losers on Tuning Your Test Engine for Optimal Performance

Sabermetrics turned the baseball world upside down by challenging the decades-old measures of individual performance and their perceived linkage to team success. After 108 years cementing their legacy as the Lovable Losers, even the Chicago Cubs were able to leverage a data-driven approach to finally win a World Series in 2016. A high school football coach in Arkansas, with a devotion to statistical analysis, has won three state championships, by going against conventional wisdom and never punting. Formula 1 racing teams collect staggering amounts of telemetry data from their race cars, with each Constructor managing what amounts to a 'Data Center in a garage', for the purpose of eking out seconds of performance during the course of a two hour race.  

Geoff uses these concepts, along with others from the world of professional sports, to provide insights from the operations of the Dell EMC Server division as they adopt a data-driven, predictive analytics approach to its global test practices. Geoff shares how Dell leverages its structured and unstructured data from sources as varied as Engineering, Sales, Factory and Customer data to optimize test operations. From the identification of high-value test cases and test configurations to which automation test scripts should be retired and not re-factored, he demonstrates how these types of insights can be used to plan, forecast, and allocate resources to advance your organizational capabilities and maturity.

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Geoff Meyer

Test Architect, Dell EMC
Geoff Meyer is a Test Architect in the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group and has 35 years of industry experience as a software developer, manager, program manager, and director. He drives the Test Strategy and Architecture for 400+ SW and HW Testers across India, Taiwan, and... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm CDT
Room 1
  Technical Practices

4:00pm CDT

Evolutionary Testing Practices to Succeed in an Agile World
With the rapid pace of getting new product features to market in a digital age, users want their software capabilities and data to follow them wherever they go. From laptops connecting on Wi-Fi to handheld devices connecting on cellular, users expect apps to work seamlessly as they roam from home to car to office. As a veteran QA/Testing consultant, Chris repeatedly sees the following three factors contribute to the inability to swiftly deliver high-quality software that users demand:

  1. Heavy reliance on labor-intensive manual testing
  2. Redundant testing practices
  3. Outdated processes and techniques 

With increased exposure to instant information, from social media to blogs, companies are more vulnerable than ever and simply can’t afford software mistakes. How do Agile teams strike the right balance with testing practices? This presentation will dive into each of the three contributing factors and discuss evolutionary QA and testing practices that can increase efficiencies without sacrificing quality.

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Chris Lawson

Director of Client Delivery, Zenergy Technologies
Chris Lawson has over sixteen years in the QA and testing industry where he has gained extensive experience designing, developing, and implementing advanced, high-value test automation frameworks and performance testing programs. He has worked with an extensive client base in numerous... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room 3 & 4