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Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

Please join us for our 11th annual conference at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016.


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Wednesday, August 10 • 11:00 - 12:00
Can Testing Teams Play a Key Role in Bridging the Gaps Between Development, Operations and Testing to Follow a DevOps Culture?

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IT organizations are adopting DevOps practices to enable frequent software releases to production to achieve faster time to market & improve the overall customer experience. But adopting DevOps practices requires a cultural shift in terms of people, process & technology transformation across development, testing & operations teams. Many organizations experience significant challenges to enable DevOps adoption, particularly implementing DevOps in legacy shops has been far more difficult. There exists a mindset that DevOps is about throwing away everything you have built so far & starting from the scratch. Improving communications and collaborations between IT teams and other key organizational units is a challenging endeavor. The need to maintain existing organizational structures for regulatory and audit compliance while focusing on eliminating siloed behavior can lead to mistakes and systems outages in legacy organizations.

Developers, testers & operations engineers usually have different roles, different responsibilities, different job descriptions, and different management in the traditional IT organizations. They all work as distinct entities. Can testing team's play a key role in such situations & enable DevOps adoption? The presentation will take a look at that questions and provide practical answers.
Also, the approach to scale the traditional automation testing infrastructure, test environments, and test data management requires a culture shift using new tools and techniques and most importantly collaboration with Dev and Ops teams. In this session, Sujay will discuss a DevOps strategy for testing teams where he will share examples of tools, techniques and practical solutions he and his teams successfully implemented for one their large clients.

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Sujay Honnamane

QA Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Sujay is an accomplished IT leader and testing portfolio director at Cognizant. A thought leader in global delivery and establishing testing organizations, Sujay brings along expertise in the fields of test consulting, test automation and DevOps strategy. Sujay is a avid reader... Read More →

Wednesday August 10, 2016 11:00 - 12:00 PDT
Scotiabank Lecture Room (1315) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3