National DevOps Conference

Conference programme DAY 1*


Track 1

Track 2


08:45 – 09:20


09:25 – 09:30

Welcome from Cecilia Rehn, Editor of TEST Magazine

09:30 – 10:30

Jaco van der Merwe, CEO, DVT – Why Opt For Agile Software Testing? The Answer May Surprise You

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee, networking and exhibition

11:00 – 11:45

Sudeep Chatterjee, Global Head of QA and Testing, Lombard Risk – How Is Software Quality Measured?

Amparo Marin, Certification Governance Director, Banco Santander – HEROS QA – How Excellence Rules Over Service delivery and Quality Assurance?

Testing In A Fragmented Marketplace: How Big Is Your Device Cupboard?
In this executive workshop, we will investigate the different methods available to tackle the issue of device diversity in today’s fragmented marketplace. The various methods, such as crowdsourced testing, device farms and test automation, presented and brought to the table by us and our attendees, will be explored and compared against each other based on how resource, time and cost effective they are. In addition, we will also look at how to best use them at different stages of the development lifecycle and investigate each method’s level of security. This roundtable session will give attendees a chance to discuss and learn how best to perform accurate testing in today’s increasingly fragmented marketplace.

Session hosted by Suzanne Holland, UK General Manager, Testbirds


11:45 – 12:30

Harvey Whitford, Technical Director, Testing Circle & Sparta Global – The Digital Skills Shortage In The UK

Janaki Jayachandran, Director – Quality Engineering, Aspire Systems – Aligning Software Testing with Modern Age Development Practices

12:30 – 13:45

Networking lunch and exhibition

13:45 – 14:45

Dan Ashby, Head of Software Quality & Testing, AstraZeneca – “How Ignorant Are We?”

14:45 – 15:30

David Rondell, Head of Quality Engineering, Tandem Bank – Continuous Testing

Richard Self, Big Data Evangelist and Research Fellow – Big Data Laboratory, University of Derby – Software Testing For Big Data Analytics In The Era Of Uncertain Data Veracity

Reality Check: Is Test Automation Worth The Risk?
Starting a test automation project is a risky undertaking. Take my word for it. One vendor recently mentioned that over 72% of all test automation projects result in failure. That number has increased over the past few years – at some point, it was 65%. One would think that with the advances in software automation testing tools and with more organisations adopting agile and DevOps, that the failure rate would decrease. In this talk, you will get sound advice on the risks involved in test automation – but more importantly, it will also include useful information on corrective actions. At the end of the discussion – you decide if there’s ROI in test automation.

Session hosted by Mario Matthee, Head: Research & Development, DVT – Global Testing Solutions


15:30 – 16:15

Matt Ryan, Lead Test Engineer, and Joanne Griffith, Senior Test Engineer, BBC – Building a Test Community at the BBC

Steve Watson, Director Quality Engineering, RBI Technology – Challenges For Test Managers In A Changing Landscape

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee, networking and exhibition

16:45 – 17:30

Q&A Panel

17:30 – 19:30

Networking drinks reception

*Session timings subject to change