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Day 1

Senior Director, Engineering @ Unity Technologies

Alan has been improving software quality since 1993 and is currently the Director of Programs and Quality for Monetization at Unity. Previous to Unity, Alan spent 22 years at Microsoft working on projects spanning the company – including a two-year position as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.

“Leading a Quality Culture”


  • Future of Testing
  • Automation
  • How Microsoft Tests


Great testing is important in order to build quality products, but good testing is only a part of quality. A strong quality culture is critical in order to build products customers love. But what exactly is a Quality Culture? We know about testing, and we’ve all heard about whole-team quality, but what else goes into defining and building a quality culture?

In this session, Alan Page will talk about his experiences building a quality culture, and share a model he’s used to help teams focus on improving several attributes that make up a culture of quality – and then talk about how you can use the model to lead your team towards higher quality.

Software Testing Consultant

Dorothy was a founding member of the ISEB Software Testing Board, and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. In 2012 she was awarded the first ISTQB International Software Testing Excellence Award. She is co-author of five books: an introductory book for software testing together with more in-depth books on Software Inspection and Test Automation.

“Testers, Automation and a Common Confusion”


It is common today for jobs for testers to require automation skills, i.e. being able to write code for test execution tools. I believe this has serious dangers, not only for testers who don’t want to become toolsmiths, but also for the way testing skills are regarded, and the way that those testers who do want to be purely ‘manual’ testers are affected. The root cause of this is a confusion over what automation can (and cannot) do, and about what testing is. Automation is very useful, particular at unit test levels, but it does have gaps. Automation of tests at higher levels is often done badly. But testing is more than just activities that can be automated. Those who think that all testers should be automators may be confused about what parts of testing can and cannot be automated. Automation can increase efficiency, but it is the non-automatable parts of testing that make it effective and give value to the organisation.


  • Testers – are coding skills necessary?
  • What tools can and cannot do
  • The common confusion about automation
  • Why failing to consider the non-automatable parts of testing is dangerous

Software Test Consultant/Coach and Program Test Manager

Fiona Charles is an independent consultant, specialising in the human side of software development and projects. She consults with clients on testing and test management, works as an Agile testing coach, and acts occasionally as a program-level test manager on difficult projects.

“Reinventing Test Leadership”


Software test leadership used to reflect a straightforward paradigm where test managers were in charge of separate test teams. Now there are varied models in play for testers and testing. In many organizations, testers are fully embedded in development teams; other organizations don’t have specialist testers.

What does this mean for test leadership?

  • Is there a place for it?
  • What does a test leader do?
  • What qualities, skills, and actions make a test leader?

In this talk Fiona Charles explores what it means to be a test leader in 2021, and why our industry needs test leaders—even if it doesn’t always think it wants them.


  • Testers – are coding skills necessary?
  • What tools can and cannot do
  • The common confusion about automation
  • Why failing to consider the non-automatable parts of testing is dangerous

Director and Owner @ Cornflower Technology Consulting

I am an experienced technologist & career tester who has been in IT roles since 1987. I have had a successful but sometimes “bumpy” career which has enabled me to work as a Head of Testing and Development in Financial Services and Life Sciences, and other business domains. I am now the Director of my own company, Cornflower Technology Consulting. I deliver strategic advice and services to clients on how to deliver great quality software. I also provide recruitment services for my clients.

“Navigating uncertainty: How to own your career in Testing with confidence”


Data from one of our recent surveys tells us 50% of people working in Testing do not have clarity on how technology will evolve, and how that impacts their career plans. In addition, 80% of people have concerns about job security, while a similar percentage of respondents do not invest adequate time in planning or developing their careers.

So, what’s going on?

In this talk I will share my views on what creates uncertainty in our careers and suggest some ways of responding to the causes of uncertainty, in order to give you confidence in being the CEO of your own career progression!


  • Leadership – you are the owners and CEO of your career!
  • Understanding of the drivers for change that create uncertainty in our career
  • 6 points of action you can take to feel more confident in your career progression

Day 2

CTO @ Digital-Assured

Jonathon Wright is a strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist. He specializes in emerging technologies, innovation, and automation, and has more than 25 years of international commercial experience within global organizations. He is currently the CTO of Digital-Assured.

“‘State of Tooling’ Report 2021”


  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Hyper Automation
  • Model Based Testing (MBT)


Next generation tools unlock the power of analytics and autonomics for continuous delivery. While automation solutions within current testing implementations help to address agility need, such automation is typically driven by static rules using conventional scripting and orchestration techniques. Such techniques incur high maintenance overhead to keep updated relative to changing circumstances. The recent emergence of cognitive engineering technologies (such as autonomics) has evolved the ‘State of Tooling’ introducing the possibility to drive adaptive automation within testing implementations. Such automation can self-heal and self-configure based on changing situations. In this session, Jonathon will present how next generation data engineering and autonomics technologies can be leveraged to power the next generation of cognitive testing implementations, and how they can support the needs of your organisation.

‘State of Tooling’ Report 2021 findings:

  • The introduction of valid use cases for Artificial Intelligence (A.I) tool capabilities.
  • The shift towards Shifting Right, over Shifting Left.

General Manager @ Eggplant

Gareth is a proven leader of product marketing, product management solutions, and Pre Sales teams. Prior experience includes Progress Software where he held several positions including Director of Product Management and Principal Software Architect. He was also part of the founding team of Apama where he was Director of Pre Sales & Principal Architect prior to its acquisition by Progress Software.

“Bots that Test: Retraining the Terminator”


The world used to be a simple place, the Mariner spacecraft had less than 100 lines of code in them – now most systems are constructed from millions of lines of code and provide unlimited variation of possibilities. It’s not possible to test all these, so we need some help. We can turn to Science Fiction, the source of many real-world inspirations, including Lieutenant Uhura’s earpiece – now obviously recognisable as a commonplace Bluetooth headset. In this case, we turn our attention to the fully aware cybernetic sci-fi systems and how they manage to interpret and interact with the real world and what we can learn from that for the purposes of testing modern complex and rich systems.


  • Continuous Test Automation
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Automatic Generation of Source Code

CxO @ Curiosity Software

Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Product Officer known for taking software technology and service companies through their growth stages. Across start-up, private, and growth organizations, I deliver transformational category development, data-driven marketing and brand development, business strategy, product strategy, and sales enablement programs.

“Beyond automating tests: The Open Testing Platform”


  • Open Test Framework (OTF)
  • Future of Automation
  • Toolsmith Industry


Tools to automate a test have become quite good and quite ubiquitous. From open source to commercial tools, the ability to drive actions automatically against a system has improved dramatically over the years. Despite the advancement in testing tools, our industry remains hyper-focused on building a better mouse trap rather than looking for way to deter the mouse.
If you believe that testing tools are pretty good today, then we need to step back and ask “what’s next?” This is where the Open Testing Platform comes in. An Open Testing Platform (OTP) is a collaboration hub that connects disparate software testing tools and allows teams to keep pace with change. It analyses data from across the whole application delivery lifecycle, informing testers of what needs testing in-sprint.

The cadence of DevOps requires our teams to work smarter. This means we need automated methods to better understand the impact of change on our testing activities. In this presentation we will:

Introduce the Open Testing Platform

  • Discuss the Inform, Act, Automate pattern for software testers
  • Explore approaches to maintaining a “single source of truth” for testing

DevOps Chief Evangelist, Author, Senior Director of Product Marketing @ Perforce Software

Eran is Chief Evangelist and Product Manager at Perfecto by Perforce. He is also the author of the 2016 Amazon bestseller, “The Digital Quality Handbook”, “Continuous Testing for DevOps Professionals”, and “Accelerating Software Quality – ML and AI in the Age of DevOps”, which was named the “Best New Software Testing Book” by Book Authority.

“How to Scale Your Continuous Testing with Automation you Can Trust”


As the majority of organizations aim to be elite performers in their DevOps journey, the reality they face is quite challenging. Automating processes throughout the pipeline, specifically testing is a burden, and an ongoing challenge. Building test automation that can be trusted, and that can match the various personas within the pipeline requires solid strategy, and ongoing tuning to ensure it continuously works and adds value while mitigating business risks. In this session, Eran Kinsbruner, Author, Chief Evangelist, and product manager from Perfecto by Perforce, will prescribe a winning CT strategy that teams can adopt immediately.


  • How to match technologies to personas across different software testing types.
  • How to balance between quantity and quality of test automation scripts.
  • How to maintain ongoing value from continuous testing through quality insights & reporting.
  • How cloud technologies play a big role in CT processes you can trust.

Head of Marketing @ mabl

Katie Staveley is the Head of Marketing at mabl, an intelligent test automation platform. She has held senior marketing positions at several rapidly growing technology companies, including Signiant, Objet Geometries, Mercury Interactive, and Empirix. Katie is passionate about technology and teams, working closely with product to bring solutions to market.

“How Low-code Enables Cross-Functional Testing”


  • Test Automation
  • Leadership
  • Women in Technology


Automation is critical to innovating with speed and quality, and we’ve spent innumerable hours of engineering effort on sophisticated test automation suites. But, very few of us are happy with the results. In order to achieve quality goals, we need testing that is intelligent and scalable across the entire team.

In this session, Katie Staveley will share how low-code platforms enable cross-functional teams to contribute to quality while integrating automated tests directly into your pipelines. Katie will also share a set of strategies to implement testing throughout development to create an effective testing strategy.

Senior Field Solutions Engineer @ Splunk

Todd DeCapua is a passionate software executive, technology evangelist and business leader with extensive hands-on engineering expertise. Some of his roles/titles include: Senior Field Solutions Engineer at Splunk, Executive Director of Global Technology at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Senior Director of Technology and Product Innovation [Business Unit CIO] at CSC, Chief Technology Evangelist at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Head of PS and Tech Integrations / Partners with Shunra Software, Co-Founder of TechBeacon.com, Prior Boardmember at Vivit Worldwide and Apposite Technologies, TEDx Wilmington Host for Technology & Innovation. He is also an online author and contributor, well known speaker / evangelist, and co-author of the O’Reilly published book titled, “Effective Performance Engineering.”

“DATA: Exhaust, Pipeline, Telemetry, & Automated Orchestration”


Data continues to be a massive asset, especially as exhaust from testing and outcomes from your pipelines, leveraged as telemetry and automated orchestration; so to realize the value from your digital transformation, or Agile to DevOps to SRE journey, and on to Cloud Native and Open Source with Open Telemetry and beyond.

Learn some of the tips and tricks from a professional that has done this more than once, in some of the largest organizations globally, and now gets to contribute to building this solution. Todd will share highlights from his book, blueprints from prior product development, a problem with a solution, and full end-to-end demo showing you how to accomplish this today. This is the session you DO NOT want to miss!

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