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VENUE

Sofitel Wentworth
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney 2000
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DATES

Two day Fusion conference:
13-14 September, 2012

Optional pre-conference workshops: 12 September, 2012

Conference dinner
13 September, 2012

COST

Two day conference including lunches, refreshments, dinner (13th Sept) and all conference materials
$1980

5th person FREE:
Book four people to attend the conference and the fifth goes FREE

ANY QUESTIONS?

Call 1800 145 152 and speak to Daniel, Bridgette or Lee 

Email fusion(at)softed.com

  

Speakers at SoftEd Fusion 2012

Here are the speakers presenting at SoftEd Fusion in Sydney, Thursday 13 September and Friday 14 September, 2012.

Fusion includes a rich mix of internationally recognised keynote and workshop presenters together with local practitioner experts

Emma LangmanDennis StevensElisabeth HendricksonThomas KohlbornJulie GardinerAlan Page
Emma Langman
Change Magician, 
Progression
Partnership (UK) 
Dennis Stevens
President,
Synaptus (USA)
Elisabeth
Hendrickson
Founder, Quality
Tree Software
(USA)
Thomas Kohlborn
Woolworths Chair
of Retail
Innovation,
QUT (AU)
Julie Gardiner
QA Test Manager,
Sage (UK)
Alan Page
Principal Software
Design Engineer
in Test,
Microsoft (USA)
Stephen MellorAnja Wever  Robert Manger  Sharon RobsonSam Higgins Geoff Horne
Stephen J. Mellor
Independent
Consultant (EU)
Anja Wever
Analysis & Design
Practice Lead,
Software
Education (AU)
Robert Manger
Senior Test
Analyst,
SEEK (AU)
Sharon Robson
Software Testing
Practice Lead,
Software
Education (AU)
Sam Higgins
Advisor,
Business Aspect
(AU) 
Geoff Horne
Founder ISQA
(NZ/AU)
Andrew KendallShane HastieAnne-Marie CharrettEllan YoungMelody GrahamStuart Moncrieff
Andrew Kendall
Director, Think
Analyse (AU)
Shane Hastie
Agile Practice
Lead, Software
Education (AU)
Anne-Marie
Charrett

Founder, Testing
Times (AU) 
Ellan Young
Director, Apogee
(NZ)
Meloday Graham
Project Manager,
Schneider Electric
(AU)
Stuart Moncrieff
Performance
Testing Practice
Lead,
JDS Australia (AU)
Craig SmithAdrian SmithGary RubinsteinMichi TysonJonathon WrightPeter Ellyard
Craig Smith
Agile Coach,
Suncorp (AU)
Adrian Smith
Agile Coach and
Software
Technologist,
Ennova (AU)
Gary Rubinstein
Requirements
and Portfolio
Management
Practice Manager, 
Revolution IT
(AU)
Michi Tyson
Agile Knowledge
Engineer,
Software
Education
(AU)
Jonathon Wright
Global Head of
Automation,
Trafigura (UK)
Peter Ellyard
Director,
Preferred Futures
(AU)

More speakers to be announced over the next few months

Full Speaker Bios

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Emma Langman

Emma Langman
Change Magician, 
Progression
Partnership (UK)

www.progression
partnership.com

twitter:
(at)emmalangman

 

Ever wondered how a magician does their tricks? Emma Langman is a Change Magician at Progression Partnership who describes her work as "conjuring up magical change that re-integrates vertical and horizontal silos from boardroom to front-line, from supplier to society, and making complex problems and staff morale issues disappear in a puff of pink smoke. For good".

Emma prides herself in being a life-long learner which, given that her chosen discipline is the vast field of Systems Thinking, is just as well. Her company, Progression Partnership, is a niche consultancy specialising in applying Systems Thinking to help individuals and organisations to reach their goals. Emma's recent projects span a number of sectors, including local government (Revenues, Benefits, Adult Social Care, Children's Services), Health, Engineering, Social Enterprise, Media and Retail. Her areas of expertise include performance management, change management and business improvement. She is a professional facilitator able to work at all levels of an organisation, with a particular skill for overcoming 'middle manager resistance' common to change programmes.

Emma is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol's Systems Centre where she lectures on the Engineering Doctorate programme and the Masters in Systems Learning and Leadership. Emma gave the keynote at IIBA® Business Analysis Conference 2011 (London) and is really looking forward to sharing her thoughts about the importance of Systems Thinking as a key discipline for the Fusion attendees to have in their toolkit.

Emma is an engaging speaker who relishes challenging questions which stretch and extend her own knowledge of her expert subject, as well as providing information and practical examples that participants can take away and use immediately. Emma loves helping organisations revolutionise customer experience, put joy back into work and do what matters.

About Emma's conference opening keynote:

On Systems Thinking

Emma believes that most people already do 'Think in Systems' but are not aware of the rich language and methodologies that are available to help them do this more effectively. She believes that Systems Thinking should be considered a core skill for the Fusion audience.

During this opening keynote, Emma will start from a definition of Systems Thinking and then set out the 'stall' of some of the main methodologies in that field. Then she will present her argument that Development Managers, Business Analysts, Enterprise Architects, Systems Testers - indeed anyone involved in major IT or other transformational change - has a duty of care to have at least an awareness of the way in which Systems Thinking could improve their effectiveness as practitioners. She will illustrate her argument with examples.

To close, Emma will invite questions from the audience and will be looking to co-create, there and then, new, practical ideas that participants can take away immediately to apply to their work challenges.

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Dennis Stevens

Dennis Stevens
President,
Synaptus (USA)

www.
synaptus.com

twitter:
(at)dennisstevens

 

Who better to learn about Enterprise Analysis from than a violinist? Dennis Stevens attended Florida State University on a violin scholarship. He achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Organisational Development and Psychology and somehow went from there to being awarded the Naval Commendation Medal during Desert Storm for his service as a Marine Reservist. He played a key role in Operation Fiery Vigil, which involved search and rescue operations following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines.

He then moved on to software development. Dennis spent a decade working as a developer and since 1985 has worked in software development leadership, technology transformations and enterprise project management. He is the President of Synaptus who help businesses make the most out of technology. They recognise that 'when technology is delivered reliably and aligned with the strategy of the business, organisations can be responsive to the market and achieve focused strategy execution. When SoftEd created the Fusion conference the goal was to help software development and business work together more effectively, so Dennis was the perfect person to invite along to speak.

Dennis has worked with Lean and Agile concepts for years and is a certified Project Management Professional, OPM3 Certified Consultant, ScrumMaster and Kanban Coach. He is a Core Team Member of the IIBA's Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledgeand a Board Member of the PMI Agile Virtual Community. He has written a lot on the topic of Enterprise Analysis and has been published in the Harvard Business Review, as well as contributing to Re-Think: A Business Manifesto for Cutting Costs and Boosting Innovation and Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business.

As you can see from his biography Dennis is a busy man, dedicated to advancing Agile Software Development Project Management. He is active in the community, publishing, speaking and blogging and tweeting. He will be speaking about Enterprise Analysis at Fusion and running a workshop, so if you want to make sure your organisation is getting the most out of your efforts, or just improve your violin skills, come along to pick his brain.

Dennis will present the keynote, Enterprise Analysis: Fueling the Agile Enterprise, the 2.5hr workshop, Jumpstart the Agile Enterprise: Using the Agile Enterprise Competency Model to Establish a Transformation Road-map, and the optional pre-conference one-day workshop, Connecting Strategy to Execution: A System of Analysis on Agile Projects.
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Enterprise Analysis: Fueling the Agile Enterprise 

In this 60 minute keynote Dennis presents a model that connects strategy to execution in a Lean, Adaptive, and Agile way. 

Enterprise Analysis is defined in the International Institute of Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) as identifying a business need, refining and clarifying the definition of that need and defining a solution scope that can feasibly be implemented by the business. This implies that the business need is even knowable, that the solution scope can be determined by a liaison, and that we can determine upfront what can feasibility be implemented by the business. The pace of necessary change in most businesses is outpacing our current mode of planning, communications and decision making.

The current approach to Enterprise Analysis is inadequate as it doesn't support implementation of emerging solutions to rapidly evolving strategies. Therefore, businesses are failing to execute the strategies required to succeed. Organisations must be able to maintain focus and alignment on what is most the 'next most important thing' so they can run Lean. They have to be tempo driven and reflective to provide for flexibility so they can be Adaptive within evolving strategies. And they have to establish communities of shared understanding with appropriate insight to be Agile in execution as solutions emerge.

Enterprise Analysis is the fuel of this organisation - and it becomes about creating relevant context and engaging stakeholders in defining and delivering solutions that enable the organisation to achieve its goals. Dennis will present an Enterprise Analysis model that connects Strategy to Execution in a Lean, Adaptive and Agile way. 

The BABOK® is the International Institute of Business Analysis “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®”. See http://www.iiba.org/imis15/IIBA/Home/IIBA_Website/home.aspx for more details.
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Jumpstart the Agile Enterprise: Using the Agile Enterprise Competency Model to Establish a Transformation Road-map

In this 2.5hr workshop Dennis shows you a road-map to pragmatically and safely introduce Agile methods to your enterprise and explore the three primary dimensions of adoption and transformation: competency, tempo and scale to assist your adoption and transformation.

Introducing Agile into an organisation is more than just running a few developers through a training. Training developers only addresses a part of the organisation. Transformation requires aligning the organisational structure to be congruent with Agile execution. Also training only addresses one part of the adoption and transformation cycle. Transformation also requires addressing cultural obstacles that conflict with the new ways of working. Structure and culture need to exist where Agile practices can flourish and grow and produce the business outcomes we all hope for. The impact of these structural and cultural changes can be wide ranging - and if not handled effectively, can actually reduce the organisations ability to deliver value.

This workshop introduces a competency framework for assessing your organisation to create an adoption and transformation road-map. This road-map will help you pragmatically and safely introduce Agile methods to your enterprise. Then we will explore the three primary dimensions of adoption and transformation: competency, tempo and scale, that will assist in guiding your adoption and transformation road-map and change management strategy.  
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Connecting Strategy to Execution: A System of Analysis on Agile Projects 

On this one-day workshop with Dennis you will explore how the long-lived artifacts from this approach help to build a community of understanding to accelerate quality and speed over time.This pre-conference one-day workshop runs 9:00-5:00 on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Agile teams require a backlog of ready work to support their development efforts. In Agile literature this is accomplished by the "Product Owner". An omniscient all powerful Product Owner who can provide a perfectly ready backlog to the development team every sprint. In reality, the Product Owner construct doesn't work outside of small projects. Maintaining a valid ready backlog is a difficult problem that most organisations don't perform effectively.

We will discuss the principles of Lightweight Documentation, Stimulating Collaboration, Establishing Shared Context, Limiting WIP and Continuous Feasibility. We will frame the system using an integrated set of backlogs used to establish a cohesive requirements from Articulating Strategy, through Coordinating Planning, to Enabling Execution. Then we will build upon this framework - expanding upon the techniques included in the Agile Extension to the BABOK® - to build artifacts and ceremonies that implement this system of Analysis. In Articulating Strategy we will practice techniques to See the Whole, Think as a Customer, and Determine What's Valuable. In Coordinating Planning we practice techniques to Explore Options and Understand What is Doable. In Enabling Execution we will demonstrate Getting Real Using Examples and Agile Modeling. We will show how this model complements and integrates into a comprehensive Testing Frame. Finally, we will explore how the long-lived artifacts from this approach help to build a community of understanding to accelerate quality and speed over time.

The BABOK® is the International Institute of Business Analysis “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®”. See http://www.iiba.org/imis15/IIBA/Home/IIBA_Website/home.aspx for more details. 

(please note that Connecting Strategy to Execution: A System of Analysis on Agile Projects is an optional one-day workshop with Dennis Stevens on Wednesday 12 September and there is an additional cost of $770 per person to attend this workshop) 

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Elisabeth Hendrickson

Elisabeth
Hendrickson

Founder, Quality
Tree Software
(USA)

www.
qualitytree.com

twitter:
(at)testobsessed

Meet Elisabeth, the most excited tester on the planet. There are thousands of testers in the world, hundreds of people who talk about testing and a handful who are inspiring, innovative and insightful presenters. But you would be hard pushed to find someone as test obsessed (the title of her blog) as Elisabeth.

In her Google tech talk on Agile testing Elisabeth announces, “I am in fact test obsessed… I live, eat, breathe and sleep testing. I think it's FUN!”. That's why she's worked in the software industry since 1984. She began hearing about Agile in 2003, became a Certified ScrumMaster in 2005 and joined the Agile Alliance Board of Directors in 2007.

Elisabeth has been a Tester, Programmer, Test Automation Manager, Quality Engineering Director and Technical Writer. She's worked for start-ups and multi-national software vendors. She's spoken at conferences in the U.S., Sweden, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. She founded Quality Tree Software, Inc. in 1997 to provide training and consulting in software quality and testing.

In short, there is no doubt that Elisabeth knows testing, but what is different about her is that she's so excited about testing that when she speaks you can't help but feel excited too. Today she can be found teaching, writing and speaking about testing as well as working in Extreme Programming teams.

Elisabeth will be running a two and half hour workshop about Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). She is a thought leader in this area which is all about collaborative practices, and where better to talk about that than at a conference called 'Fusion'? This conference is an opportunity to share her test experience and knowledge with people who work in all areas of software development. In Elisabeth's own words, “how cool is that?”

At Fusion Elisabeth will present a session Testing Reframed and the 2.5hr workshop opn ATDD:

Beginning with the End in Mind: Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) in Practice

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey names "Begin with the End in Mind" as the second of the seven habits. This habit applies not just to individuals, but also to software development teams. In Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), the team focuses on eliciting expectations and examples from the product owner or business analyst during requirements discussions. The whole team then collaborates to distil these into acceptance tests that define the essence of "Done."

Modern testing frameworks such as Cucumber, Robot Framework, and FitNesse enable the team to express the tests in natural language while connecting them to automation code. The result is that the acceptance tests are automated while the software is being developed, not after. That means they become executable requirements that guide development from the very beginning.

In this demonstration-based session, Elisabeth uses ATDD to implement a feature in a sample application, live, with acceptance criteria coming from the audience. Along the way, she gives an overview of the ATDD cycle and how it fits with other Agile development and testing practices including TDD, Continuous Integration, and Exploratory Testing.

Testing Reframed

Software is full of surprises. No matter how thorough the team is, no matter how careful, there is a risk that the software will fail in some substantial way in production. So we test.

Alas, testing has gotten a bad rap. It's never been considered the most exciting aspect of software development, but in the last couple of years some have gone so far as to declare it "Dead."

However the need for testing has never been greater. The pace of change is accelerating, and change without testing means increasing risk. Yet traditional testing wisdom does not work well with modern development practices.

A reframe is in order.

This talk deconstructs testing into its component parts: checking and exploring. Elisabeth then weaves together the need for tight feedback and rapid learning cycles with practices like Acceptance Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, and Exploratory Testing to see how these testing practices support creating a learning organisation that is ready for any challenge that comes its way.

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Thomas Kohlborn

Thomas Kohlborn
Woolworths
Chair of Retail
Innovation,
QUT (AU) 

www.qut.edu.au 

Thomas is the author of more than 20 articles published in the proceedings of international conferences as well as peer-reviewed international journals. He also contributed to the Handbook of Business Process Management and is a Senior Instructor for the Continuous Professional Education workshops delivered to organisations, such as the Department of Human Services and Queensland Shared Services.
 
He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, where he works on innovative ways of improving process efficiency and effectiveness.

Thomas received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Information Systems in Germany, before he came to Australia, to the Queensland University of Technology, in 2007. Working in industry funded projects, such as the ARC Linkage project 'Service Ecosystems Management for Collaborative Process Improvement' with SAP Research and Queensland Government or the CRC Smart Services' 'Business Service Management' project with InfoSys, Queensland Government, and Suncorp, he successfully applied novel as well as already well proven service and process innovation techniques to existing challenges experienced by his project partners, which led to the current finalisation of his PhD degree in this research area.

Thomas will present the 2.5hr workshop on BPM titled:

How to Innovate Processes (BPM in Practice)

You'll learn about:

  • innovating processes - the black hole in BPM methodologies
  • four structured pathways towards better design - beyond brainstorming
  • real world insights into how organisations operationalise process innovation
  • the transformational capacity of social media in process innovation.

Improving, and even more exciting, innovating business processes is the most crucial step in process lifecycle management. This importance, however, is not reflected in the available set of BPM tools, techniques and methods. There is an over-supply of (reactive) process analyses approaches while little guidance, beyond brainstorming, is provided for the task of coming up with better process designs.

This interactive workshop will introduce four pragmatic ways to improving processes; i.e. process enhancement, process innovation, process derivation and process utilisation. Short exercises will be used to provide a deep understanding for these four pathways to better processes. Case studies will demonstrate how organisations have implemented this framework by using social media and advanced governance structures.  

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Julie Gardiner

Julie Gardiner
QA Test Manager,
Sage (UK)

www.sage.co.uk

twitter:
(at)cheekytester

Julie is not only a knowledgeable tester but also a great public speaker and trainer. She has won best presentation at STAREAST, best presentation at British Computer Society SIGiST (Special Interest Group in Software Testing) and best tutorial at EuroSTAR. She has been a keynote speaker at STARWEST, Innovate Test Management and SoftEd's STANZ. She will now be adding Fusion to that impressive list of conference experience, where she is sure to once again get great reviews.

Julie is QA Test Manager at Sage UK and Principal Consultant at QST (her own company). Sage is a huge organisation, the world's third largest supplier of enterprise resource planning software (after Oracle and SAP), with over six million customers. Before taking her current role Julie was a senior consultant and trainer with Grove Consultants in the U.K. and has been an analyst programmer, Oracle database administrator and project manager with first-hand experience as a test analyst, test team leader, test consultant and test manager.

Julie has done lots of consulting and training over her twenty years' experience in the testing world. She has even been a marker for the ISEB Practitioner certification. She has used lots of software development methodologies, from Waterfall to Agile, and is a certified ScrumMaster. Her specialities include Risk-Based Testing, Agile Testing, Test Management and People Issues. She has worked in a variety of industries including financial, utilities, retail, insurance, construction and the public sector.

At SoftEd we love getting Julie to come 'down under' and share her testing expertise and enthusiasm. Many of you will remember her from STANZ 2008 and she was also a participant at STANZ 2011.

At Fusion in 2012 Julie will present a one-day optional pre-conference workshop Test Management: Being Relevant and Making a Difference, the keynote The 2012 Survival Guide: Lessons for Every Tester and the 2.5hr workshop Usability Testing in a Nutshell  

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The 2012 Survival Guide: Lessons for Every Tester 

This keynote is a thought-provoking session with take-backs on important principles, tools, and skills you need to survive - and even flourish - as a test professional.

When we are in dangerous situations, we need a well-thought-out survival guide to help save ourselves and others. These lifesaving principles and skills provide the basic necessities for life and help us think straight, navigate safely, signal for help, and avoid unpleasant consequences of interactions with our environment. Julie shares her 2012 Survival Guide for testers and test managers living in today's challenging business and technical environments. Topics in her guide include: Turn your job from a daily grind into a passion - life's too short not to have fun; Demonstrate every day the value of testing - if you aren't adding value or if others don't know what you're accomplishing, you may be toast; Choose your battles - if you try to fight every battle, you will certainly lose often, and become frustrated and angry; Make important expectations part of your schedule estimates and commitments - your performance relies on good requirements, working code, and a decent test environment; and most importantly, Maintain your integrity at all costs - otherwise, you won't be taken seriously, and you'll lose the respect of others. Join Julie in this thought-provoking session and take back the important principles, tools, and skills you need to survive - and even flourish - as a test professional.

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Usability Testing in a Nutshell

Learn how to define usability goals and how to get management to take usability defects seriously. If you want to improve your skills in usability testing, this session is for you. 

Because our systems are becoming more complex and the market is becoming saturated with competing brands, usability can be a differentiating factor in purchasing decisions. A classic system requirement is "The system must be user-friendly" but what does that mean, and more importantly, how do we test for this requirement? Join Julie Gardiner as she describes usability techniques you can employ to demonstrate a user interface's efficiency and effectiveness. Find out how to predict and test for usability, and, most importantly, for user satisfaction before the software's release. Take back new knowledge of proven usability testing techniques: heuristic evaluation, cognitive walkthroughs, focus groups, user personas, contextual task analysis, usability labs, and satisfaction surveys. Learn how to define usability goals and how to get management to take usability defects seriously. If you want to improve your skills in usability testing, this session is for you.

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Test Management: Being Relevant and Making a Difference (Test Managers Dashboards and more) 

Showing key stakeholders that testing adds value can be a difficult task since testing doesn't produce anything tangible on a project. This misperception must be addressed and Julie demonstrates three objective measures showing how testing adds value. Receive a set of spreadsheets and utilities to support your activities as effective test managers. This pre-conference one-day workshop runs 9:00-5:00 on Wednesday 12 September 2012. 

As a test manager/leader, do you feel you're a lone voice for quality on projects, often swimming against the tide? Join Julie Gardiner as she provides a unique framework of "quick-wins" for test managers and team leaders who need to show the value of testing on projects. Providing a foundation for testing through well-defined policy statements, which are agreed to and sanctioned by senior management, is a major step on the way to success. Julie provides examples of these documents you can use.

One of the key objectives of testing is to provide timely, relevant information to stakeholders. Julie will challenge your current progress reports - probably full of lots of difficult-to-understand numbers - and asks you to replace the reports with a custom Test Manager's Dashboard containing a series of graphs and charts with clear visual displays.

Your dashboard needs to report quality and progress status that is accurate, useful, easily understood, predictive, and relevant. She will share eight powerful monitoring and predicting techniques. Control actions can then be applied to avoid project failures. Learn to correlate and interpret the various types of dashboard data to reveal the complete picture of the project and test progress. By creating a Test Manager's Dashboard, you will provide significant long term benefits to both the test team and the organisation - and make your job easier and more fulfilling.

Showing key stakeholders that testing adds value can be a difficult task since testing doesn't produce anything tangible on a project. This misperception must be addressed and Julie demonstrates three objective measures showing how testing adds value. Receive a set of spreadsheets and utilities to support your activities as effective test managers.

(please note that Test Management: Being Relevant and Making a Difference is an optional one-day workshop with Julie Gardiner on Wednesday 12 September and there is an additional cost of $770 per person to attend this workshop)

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Alan Page

Alan Page
Principal Software
Design Engineer
in Test,
Microsoft (USA) 

microsoft.com

angryweasel.com
/blog

twitter:
(at)alanpage

 

 

 

 

Alan is a funky guy who knows a lot about software testing - especially testing at Microsoft. He was the lead author on the book How We Test Software at Microsoft, contributed chapters for Beautiful Testing (Adam Goucher/Tim Riley) on large-scale test automation and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation (Dorothy Graham/Mark Fewster) on device simulation framework and wrote the foreword to James Whittaker's Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design

More than just having the knowledge and writing about it (also see his blog at http://angryweasel.com/blog) he was a recent Director of Test Excellence at Microsoft looking after the technical training program for testers (some 10,000 of them) and other activities focused on improving testers, test tools, and testing across Microsoft so Alan knows a thing or two about training and how to help you learn. 

Currently a Principal Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) on the Xbox team, he continues to coach and mentor testers and test managers across the organisation on testing approaches and techniques. Alan also leads Microsoft's Test Architect Group (Alan was one of the first Test Architects at Microsoft) as well as other internal quality and testing focused communities and is active outside Microsoft with the Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group (SASQAG) and other groups. If you'd like a sneak peek into Alan's thoughts, as well as his blog, you can view a couple of video-inars on Vimeo.

All that makes Alan someone well worth coming along to meet, hear from and learn with, but how'd he get his funk?

Music, of course. In a time before Microsoft while holding down a day job as a bicycle messenger Alan (mis-)spent nights rockin' it away with numerous bands (he holds a masters degree in music composition and taught music in public schools for 4 years). It was while he was with a 9 piece funk band that "angry weasel" came up in a story, out of Germany, to "beware of the tooth of the weasel". Angry Weasel got hung as Alan's monkier and almost became the name of the band. I'm sure many of you'll agree that "tooth of the weasel" is more suited to the blog of a software tester than a funk band.

So there you have it. Alan is just another 'lost musician' who, as a number of others have, has found a better home in software development. If you ask nicely Alan might bang out a tune for you, he can certainly help your testing hum.

Join everyone at Fusion and meet the man who wrote the book on testing at Microsoft, Alan Page.

Alan will present the session on Testing Upside Down: Customer Focused Test Design and a 2.5hr workshop on Test Automation.

Testing Upside Down: Customer Focused Test Design

Test design is the core of what testers do. We design and execute tests to understand the software we're testing, and to identify risks and issues in that software. Good test design comes from skilled testers using a toolbox of test ideas drawn from presentations, articles, books, and hands-on experience with test design. Great testers have great test designs because they have a generous test design toolbox.

A significant drawback of the test design ideas used by many testers is the heavy emphasis on functional testing of the software. While functional testing is a critical aspect of software testing, many test design ideas fail to include high-priority plans for testing areas such as performance, reliability, or security. Test teams frequently delegate these testing areas to specialists, and ignore the importance of early testing. Furthermore, when testers manage to design and run tests for these areas, the testing often occurs late in the product cycle, when it may be too late to fix these types of bugs.

The solution is Customer Focused Test Design. This test design approach includes an emphasis on testing end-to-end scenarios, real-time customer feedback, future customer trends and, most importantly, a flip of emphasis away from functional tests and towards tests that affect the customer perception of quality early in the product cycle. This entertaining discussion will include concepts, examples and stories - along with tips any test team can apply to their own product. 

The Big Picture of Test Automation

Successful test automation requires much more than scripts that manipulate the system under test. In many not-so-complex scenarios, writing the code can be the easiest part of a successful test automation system.

In this 2.5 hour workshop, Alan will walk you through scenarios and exercises designed to get you thinking about every aspect of a top-notch test automation system - and arm you with ideas and solutions to enable you to take on any aspect of implementing test automation. We'll start by building a strong foundation of test design ideas for automated tests, and move on to discuss options for executing automated tests, test architecture and more. Along the way, we'll discuss (and discover) common pitfalls and obstacles to writing trustworthy automation that lasts beyond the current release.

Whether you have a test team of three or three-hundred; no matter what programming languages you use, and regardless of your experience in test automation, this workshop will be full of new and practical concepts you can apply immediately and for years to come.

We'll use pseudo-code and discuss some code constructs, but coding skills are required for this workshop. Testing skills and a strong desire to learn and discuss new ideas in test automation and automation concepts are a must-have. Join Alan for a unique and informative dive into mostly uncharted territories of test automation.  

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Robert Manager

Stephen J. Mellor
Independent Consultant 
(EU)

stephenmellor
.com

Stephen is an original signatory to the Agile Manifesto, Chair of the Advisory Board for IEEE Software, an adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT and a 'prime mover' at the Object Management Group (OMG) where he was elected to the Architecture Board and sat on the Board of Directors. Most importantly, Stephen explains the intricacies of real-time and embedded systems model-driven development with clarity and humour.

Stephen describes himself as a 'freeter'. The Japanese word, derived from English, means 'free agent' and nicely sums up his current situation. He is an independent teacher and consultant focussed on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems. He has been involved with real-time systems for many years and worked in lots of interesting places. His first job after university was at the Conseil de la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland writing code generators for BCPL, a predecessor to C. He then joined the Real-Time Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory run by the University of California, a group which he went on to lead. In the early eighties he consulted for and then joined Yourdon, Inc. teaching and developing courses and consulting at "more companies than (he) could count". In the mid-eighties he and Paul Ward developed the Ward-Mellor method and published the seminal trilogy Structured Development for Real Time Systems in 1985.

In 1985 Stephen founded Project Technology, Inc. consulting and eventually teaching as well as publishing many books including, Object Lifecycles: Modeling the World in Data followed by Object Lifecycles: Modeling the World in States in 1992. More recently Stephen has also published Executable UML: A Foundation for Model-Driven Architecture with Marc Balcer and MDA Distilled: Principles of Model-Driven Architecture with Kendall Scott, Axel Uhl and Dick Weise. In 2004 his company was acquired by Mentor Graphics where he became Chief Scientist of the Embedded Software Division. In 2006 he became a free agent, consulting for several organisations, speaking at conferences and delivering courses.

Stephen and SoftEd have worked together for over 10 years. He has been a frequent presenter at our SDC (business analysis) conference and delivers his courses on real-time and embedded systems and executable UML (amongst others) for us. He'll be at Fusion this September so come along to hear from Stephen, our friend, colleague and favourite freeter.

Get up with the play on Agile and the Embedded World in Stephen's session:

Agility in an Embedded World  (123, 675, 796)

Agile practices can be applied to embedded systems, but the nature of the embedded world means that some practices require adjustment.  We cover first why these adjustments are necessary and what those practices are.  We then examine the practices and the implications of these revised practices.

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Peter Ellyard

Peter Ellyard  
Director,
Preferred Futures  
(AU)

preferredfutures
.org

 

Peter Ellyard is Australia's most prominent Futurist, and is a strategist, author and speaker. As a speaker his addresses are noted for being informative, inspiring and highly motivational. A graduate of Sydney University and of Cornell University (PhD) with a background on both physical and biological sciences, he spent 15 years as a CEO of public policy organisations including two associated with Environment and Planning and one with Industry and Technology, and was also Chief of Staff of an Environment Minister in Canberra for three years before formally becoming a futurist after his appointment as CEO of Australia's Commission for the Future.

Peter Ellyard is currently Chairman of the Preferred Futures Institute and the Preferred Futures Group, which he founded in 1991. He also chairs the Sustainable Prosperity Foundation and two start-up environmental companies. He is Adjunct Professor of Intergenerational Strategies at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Management. He is an elected Member of the International Union of Associations, based in Brussels, which has 45,000 international NGO members.

Peter Ellyard has been a Senior Adviser to the United Nations system for more than 30 years including to the 1992 Earth Summit where he was a senior advisor on both the climate change and the biodiversity conventions. In this he was the only Australian and one of only 20 globally. At other times he has been a senior consultant to the UNEP, UNDP and UNESCO. He has also advised the OECD over 20 years.

He has developed unique intellectual property and methodologies - a Futurist's toolkit - to assist people to understand and anticipate what the future might bring, and assist them to develop and implement visions and strategic actions to become both resilient future-takers in, and purposeful future-makers in 21st century society.

Most of the job categories and products and services of 25 years hence have yet to be invented. Peter Ellyard can describe what these products and services will be. Peter envisages a global society that is prosperous, sustainable, harmonious, secure and just in the year 2050, and narrates what is being done, and can be done, to ensure its emergence. In doing this he is describing the emerging 21st century global economy.

Peter Ellyard's most recent books are Designing 2050: Pathways to Sustainable Prosperity on Spaceship Earth (2008), and Destination 2050: Concepts Bank and Toolkit for Future-Makers (September 2011). His first book, Ideas for the New Millennium (1998, 2001) was an instant best-seller.

Peter will present the Fusion Dinner Keynote on the evening of Thursday 13 September 2012

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Robert Manager

Robert Manger
Senior Test
Analyst,
SEEK (AU)

www.seek.com.au

Rob has played an integral part in defining Seek's Test Strategy in their transition from Waterfall to Agile development working closely with representatives from all spectrums of the business.

He has had experience in all aspects of Quality Assurance, from Automated Build/Deployment and Environment Management to Test Automation and Exploratory Testing to Defect Management and Triage Moderation. With over 12 years experience in the delivery of high quality projects in Rapid Application Development environments he has also been trained and trained other people on client sites in MSF Processes (Microsoft Solutions Framework).

Rob has worked in a number of different types of environments, from large corporate to smaller package software companies, and has now been at Seek for over six years building up the QA team's capability and as mentioned is a key player moving Seek from Waterfall to Agile development. At Fusion in 2012, Rob will deliver an experience report on this transition.

Rob will present the experience report about transitioning to Agile:

Seek(ing) Adventures in Agile Testing - A Testers Experience Transitioning to Agile

Even though it is widely known that Agile is "nothing new" there still seem to be a lot of misconceptions and misgivings around it. Twelve months ago Seek began the transition from a Waterfall development environment to Agile. Throughout this process Rob has challenged, and been challenged by some of these fallacies and by working closely with members from all corners of the business is working towards defining what testing is at an "Agile" Seek.
 
It's far too easy to get stuck in the "This is the way it's always been done" mentality, not accepting any change, and not taking any risks until you have all the answers.  By taking you through an end to end process from "The Wall" to Production, Rob will address the management of changing the Test Strategy and the roles & responsibilities in an Agile environment, encouraging people to try new ways of doing things that may or may not be better, evolving an approach to testing that maximises coverage, minimises risk and reduces any duplication of effort while maintaining, and measuring, a high level of Quality.

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Melody Graham

Melody Graham
Project Manager,
Schneider
Electric (AU)

schneider-electric.com

 

Melody is a member of Schneider Electric's internal Change group who are responsible for implementing Agile methods across the entire Schneider Electric software development organisation - 2500 people across fifty locations worldwide.  

Melody has been at the forefront of implementing Agile for the teams in Australia and India, working with the teams developing Manufacturing Execution and Energy Management Software.

Prior to Schneider Electric, Melody worked as a project manager in New Zealand and Africa. Currently at Schneider Electric she is Project Manager Operations & Optimization Software Activity.

Melody will present the experience report:

Taking the Joyful Leap: Experiences Committing to Agile Methodologies 

Melody will discuss how a large global enterprise has made the commitment to move their software development teams away from a predictive project management approach to Agile Methodologies, the plans they have put in place to support this commitment and how these plans have been implemented.

Drawing on her experiences working with the Schneider teams in Australia and India, and with the global change team based in Grenoble (France) she discusses the challenges they have experienced, the benefits they have received and the practical steps they have taken to adapt the Agile practices to the Schneider Electric environment where many of their projects are subject to legislative compliance requirements and many of their systems include hardware development components. 

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Anja Weaver

Anja Wever
Analysis & Design
Practice Lead,
Software
Education (AU)

www.softed.com

Anja is the SoftEd Business Analysis Practice Lead and trainer. She is incredibly dedicated, smart and scores highly with course participants. In 2011 Anja presented at IEEE's 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference ( Re11 ) in Trento, Italy on 'What are the Day-to-Day Factors that are Preventing Business Analysts from Effective Business Analysis?'

She is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and ScrumMaster with international experience in Business and Systems Analysis.

Anja has worked in the medical, pharmaceutical, government and transport industries on a variety of systems. She has worked on web-based applications in Sydney and safety-critical systems in England and France. She strives to deliver complete, correct and testable requirements to project stakeholders and teaches others how to do the same. She is highly respected and presents at numerous business analysis events around Australia and New Zealand. An engaging public speaker and can always be counted on to provide interesting insights. 

Together with Sharon Robson and Shane Hastie, Anja will present the 2.5hr workshop:

Estimation: How to Identify and Address Key Risks to Develop Successful Estimation Approaches

Estimation is hard - we often ask the wrong questions at the wrong times, and end up with the wrong answers.  In this workshop Anja, Sharon and Shane will work with you to help improve your estimation process and approach.

This workshop will enable participants to identify the key problems and risks associated with estimation. They will learn about the challenges associated with estimation throughout the SDLC, irrespective of your methodology, and the issues faced by other team members. Root Cause Analysis will allow the participants to understand how and when the issues can be addressed. The group will then work together to define actual solutions to their problems and leave the workshop with solid estimation checklists, key approaches for successful estimation and a list of common estimation factors to consider when estimating.

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Geoff Horne

Geoff Horne
Founder, ISQA
(AU/NZ)

www.isqa.com

 

 

 

Geoff Horne is not afraid of a challenge. After many years working in IS in various roles such as software development, testing/QA, sales and marketing and project management, Geoff has operated at various levels as well as founding and running two companies.

Geoff's companies are ISQA, a strategic and tactical QA and testing consultancy, and Testimation.com which focuses on the development of tools. Although based in New Zealand, he has worked with a number of clients in Australia, the UK and USA. Recently he has focused on a few select clients running complex initiatives in a senior management capacity. Geoff has worked with Telstra, IBM, Fosters and Country Energy so he understands how to get things done in large and complex organisations.

Geoff likes to share his testing knowledge and experience and does so by writing white papers and speaking at conferences. He has spoken at various IS conferences including STANZ (AU/NZ), Better Software Conference (USA) as well as QA conferences such as AsiaStar, STAREAST and STARWEST (at which he has presented keynote sessions).

As well as taking on professional challenges in 2011 Geoff was the Chief Pilot and Navigator on a three month trip around Europe with his better half. In 2012 he'll be doing even more travelling as a speaker at STPCon (USA), STANZ (NZ) and here at Fusion.

In Geoff's session on Risk Mitigation you'll learn:

  • the importance of good risk management
  • how to assess each risk impact across a number of criteria
  • how to collate, present and interpret the results in a manner that facilitates an easy sell to management.

A Method of Assessing Risk Mitigations

IS projects have a habit of getting into strife. There are often deadline, budget and resource squeezes that require that Project Managers find a way to do the impossible under the least conducive conditions. Most of us have had to manage risks as part of the project management process however we can find that the most seemingly plausible mitigation strategy is not always the best one.

Geoff will present a proven method for identifying and appropriately assessing risks and their mitigations for IS projects. This method has been successfully used on a number of different projects across a number of different types of business. It is based on evaluation of risks and assessing the impacts across a variety of key criteria including resources, productivity, cost, quality and confidence. It is then presented in a colour-code graphical format that enables easy and straightforward comparison and prioritisation of the mitigation strategies to be deployed.

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Ellan Young

Ellan Young
Director,
Apogee (NZ)

www.apogee.co.nz

 

 

 

Ellan Young isn't afraid to take a risk. The first game she ever created was a learning aid for primary school kids developed on a computer her brother built which was approximately 80 cm sqr and used a TV for a monitor. She has raced cars, been a fitness instructor, divemaster and now volunteers with Experiencing the Marine Reserve helping Year 6 kids learn to snorkel as well as experience their marine environment and their impact on it (Ellan herself has been diving for over 20 years).

Ellan delivers business and IT communication courses for SoftEd. In addition to her knack for managing communications she has the analytical skills to enhance interaction between business, management and technical groups so she also teaches Business Process Modelling, Business Systems Analysis, User Acceptance Testing and Writing Technical Documents courses. In 2011, she delivered a communications workshop at the IIBA® NZ conference. She holds a Masters in Safety and Sytems Management from the University of Southern California.

At Fusion Ellan will host and run the 2.5hr workshop:

Better Stakeholder Relationships: Avoid Avoiding Difficult Stakeholders!

This workshop provides you with practical tips on improving interpersonal and communication skills to help bring together everyone you interact with, including key stakeholders, to help drive successful projects and business outcomes.

We all run into difficult stakeholders, eventually. Good interpersonal skills are key to our success as well as key to software development professionals being a major contributor towards overall business success. Successful communication requires an understanding of yourself and what triggers difficult responses together with behaviours and strategies for communicating with different people.

Learn to use your analysis skills to identify best-approach communication strategies to break through difficult stakeholder interactions.

This hands-on workshop will cover things like:

  • your influential potential and how to harness it
  • affects of the communication model and that DARN Stakeholder
  • who's calling who difficult and what makes you twitch
  • an approach to common difficulties.

We all have the power to influence buy-in, stakeholder expectations, project direction and to be able to gain support through the application of good interpersonal and communication skills. Join Ellan and identify key communication strategies, through examples, to help you drive successful projects and business outcomes, and avoid avoiding difficult stakeholders.

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Anne-Marie Charrett

Anne-Marie
Charrett
Founder, Testing
Times (AU)

mavericktester.
com

twitter:
(at)charrett

 

 

 

Originally from Ireland, Anne-Marie has seen the sun. Now based is Sydney as a professional software test consultant she runs her own company Testing Times.

An electronic engineer by trade, software testing chose her, when in 1990 she started conformance testing against European standards. She was hooked and has been testing since then. She calls herself a Maverick Tester because her approach to testing is a bit different. Anne-Marie calls her technique investigative testing where she performs detective work on software to find any nasty surprising bugs that may be lurking around. She aligns with the Context Driven School of Testing.

An Exploratory Tester, Trainer, Coach and In-house test consultant she is passionate about Exploratory Testing, motivating testers, helping testers discover their testing strengths and become the testers they aspire to be, test better and reap the benefits of social media on testing. Together with James Bach, Anne-Marie has developed IM Coaching for Testers.

Anne-Marie is active with the Association of Software Testers (AST), is presenting at the Software Test Professionals Conference (STPCon, March 2012) and as a founder of the Sydney Testers Meetup.

You can find out more about Anne-Marie on her bolg, http://mavericktester.com/anne-marie-charrett 

At Fusion in 2012 Anne-Marie will present the session:

When Requirements Are Not Enough: Testing with Oracles 

Ask most testers and they will tell you that they rely on requirements or acceptance criteria to detect bugs. If the software doesn't match what's in the requirements then bingo! A bug!

Unfortunately, requirements and acceptance criteria are also a source of frustration to many testers as they're often incomplete, out of date, contain hidden assumptions or don't exist at all.

How can a tester, test to any satisfactory level in this situation? Should we become the gatekeepers of the requirements - refusing to test until the requirements are complete?

I think there is a better way. As testers we need to get resourceful about finding other ways to recognize bugs. We need to develop and use multiple oracles in our testing. That way, we cease to rely on requirements as our only source of knowledge.

This talk will examine oracles in testing, how we can use them to find more powerful bugs, what other oracles can be used when requirements inevitably let us down. 

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Andrew Kendall

Andrew Kendall
Director,
ThinkAnalyse (AU)

www.
thinkanalyse.com

twitter:
(at)ThinkAnalyse

 

Andrew believes in learning through play. At age 15, he'd impressed the people at the Lego toy company so much they hired him. Since this very first job, Andrew has held a variety of roles and is a now a successful Business Analyst, Consultant and Trainer.

Andrew specialises in the area of business requirements definition, looking at imaginative and creative ways to elicit requirements. Andrew holds an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Major in Strategic Information Technology and a Diploma in Marketing Management. He is the Director of ThinkAnalyse Consulting in both the UK and Australia.

When not working at ThinkAnalyse, Andrew consults at children's hospitals, designing play programmes for volunteers after leading a programme at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Discover how creative design thinking can deliver practical and valuable business results in Andrew's session:

Applying Creativity to Business Analysis Through Design Thinking

In this entertaining session, Andrew gives an account of applying over 15 years of Business Analysis and Design Thinking principles when commissioned to design a volunteer led play program for Sydney Children's Hospital.  He highlights the challenges faced in applying traditional Business Analysis skills and stakeholder involvement with the toughest stakeholders of all, kids, and what they can tell us that reflects back in the way we do Business Analysis in the corporate world.

Andrew takes participants through a journey demonstrating the importance of stakeholder, goals and scope and design thinking techniques in non traditional spaces that help to provide practical ways of acting creatively in our own business analysis and project management project environments.

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Stuart Moncrieff

Stuart Moncrieff
Senior
Performance
Testing
Consultant,
JDS Australia (AU)

www.jds.net.au

www.myload
test.com

twitter:
(at)
StuartMoncrieff

Stuart dreams of a world where he can use his iPhone for everything, and bandwidth is too cheap to meter. He is the performance testing practice lead at JDS Australia, and helps some of Australia's largest companies to find and fix their application performance bottlenecks.

With over a decade spent as a performance test specialist, Stuart is a regular speaker at testing conferences around the world and enjoys sharing his performance testing knowledge on his blog (http://www.myloadtest.com/) with an average monthly audience of over 10,000 readers.

Stuart has been involved in mobile performance testing of applications ranging from hand-held devices for transport & logistics, to mobile-optimised web 2.0 websites.

At Fusion you mine Stuart's experience in performance testing for mobile in his session:

Performance Testing in a Mobile World

With the exploding popularity of mobile devices, mobile application performance has become increasingly
critical to the modern Enterprise. Customers expect your applications to be always on, and always responsive. With end-users conditioned to expect instant gratification, bounce-rates increase dramatically as response
times increase.

Suddenly the network is important again, and developers must now unlearn the bad habits acquired in the
years when almost everyone had high-bandwidth broadband Internet connections. Client and server-side performance issues are still critical, but some new, mobile-specific problems have been added to the list of commonly found performance defects.

This session will discuss some of the performance pitfalls common to tablets, iPhones and Android devices, and outline the tools available to allow you to effectively test your company's mobile-based applications.  

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Sharon Robson

Sharon Robson
Software Testing
Practice Lead,
Software
Education (AU)

www.softed.com

twitter:
(at)SMRobson

Sharon is SoftEd's Software Testing Practice Lead and trainer. She has more letters after her name than are in the alphabet (see for yourself; B.Sc(Hons), Grad.Dip.IT, ISTQB CTFL, CTAL-ATA, CTAL-ATM, CTAL-TTA) and many years' experience in testing. She develops and delivers Agile and Software Testing training courses at every level.

Sharon was recognised as one of the 13 most influential women Software Testers in the world by US magazine Software Test & Performance in 2010. She has spoken at STANZ, Agile Australia, ANZTB conference, ISTQB Special Interest Groups, Test Professional Network (TPN), at STARWEST (USA), and has presented to the US Department of Defense. As well as high course participant scores, Sharon also gets great conference feedback for her entertaining and informative style.

She is generous with her time and always keen to meet and talk to testers or anyone involved in software development. At last year's STANZ event she was the last person out of the room in the evening and the first one back in the morning and we're delighted she will be speaking at Fusion.

Sharon was a founding member of the Australia and New Zealand Testing Board (ANZTB) and served on it from 2005 until 2010 and was Chair of the ISTQB Marketing Working Group from 2008 until 2010, responsible for managing and organising the international marketing approach for ISTQB.

Together with Anja Wever and Shane Hastie, Sharon will present the 2.5hr workshop:

Estimation: How to Identify and Address Key Risks to Develop Successful Estimation Approaches

Estimation is hard - we often ask the wrong questions at the wrong times, and end up with the wrong answers. In this workshop Anja, Sharon and Shane will work with you to help improve your estimation process and approach.

This workshop will enable participants to identify the key problems and risks associated with estimation. They will learn about the challenges associated with estimation throughout the SDLC, irrespective of your methodology, and the issues faced by other team members. Root Cause Analysis will allow the participants to understand how and when the issues can be addressed. The group will then work together to define actual solutions to their problems and leave the workshop with solid estimation checklists, key approaches for successful estimation and a list of common estimation factors to consider.

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Sam Higgins

Sam Higgins
Advisor,
Business Aspect 
(AU)

www.business
aspect.com.au

 

 

Sam is an Independent information and communications technology (ICT) Strategist, Industry Analyst and Advisor with Business Aspect. He has extensive knowledge of as-a-service (cloud) computing. Sam undertook the first in-depth research into the implications of cloud computing and other "as-a-service" ICT offerings on the Australian and near shore markets. The report entitled, "Defining cloud computing highlights provider gaps in the Australian ICT market", was widely reported in both the online ICT industry press and mainstream media.

He knows about doing the hard yards (on the road - Sam completed his first marathon in 2011) - and - in the office so that ICT can help achieve business goals. His career started in support and maintenance, through sales into application development, systems analysis, architecture and he was Head of Enterprise Architecture at Queensland Transport. In 2005 he joined Forrester Research as a Senior Analyst before becoming Research Director at Longhaus, one of Australia's leading boutique ICT industry analyst and advisory companies.

Sam was also the anchor for Longhaus' internet television series The Advisor, has received an Australia Day award and was a contributing author on the book Service Orientation: Winning Strategies and Best Practices. He co-authored the development of the Longhaus Australian Tech Index™ and Longhaus Pulse™ research methods. He is a regular and respected facilitator, panellist and speaker at both local and international conferences and industry events on topics such as cloud computing, ICT service management, and application lifecycle management.

He is widely published in industry journals and is regularly sought by the ICT industry press for his expert opinion. He has been regularly quoted in the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, ZDNet, itNews, CRN, ARN, Computerworld and MIS Magazine and has active professional engagements in the private sector, state and federal governments assisting to address unique ICT challenges to be found across diverse industries such as transport, financial services, and education.

His specialist areas include: As-A-Service Computing (Cloud Computing), Enterprise Architecture (including Service-orientation and Information Management), Open Source Market, Enterprise Applications and Development, ICT Service Management, ICT Procurement, Public Sector (State and Federal Governments) ICT Usage, ICT Industry Economics, ICT Strategy, ICT Industry Analysis, Australian and Near Shore ICT.

Today Sam is an Advisory Board Member with Longhaus, Independent Strategist, Industry Analyst and Advisor with Business Aspect, a boutique professional services company (BRW Fast 100 Company 2010 and 2011), who has his feet kept on the ground by three sons and the challenge of completing another marathon.  

Sam will present the session: 

The Future of Cloud Services: From Infrastructure to Applications 

Sam will discuss key trends and perspectives in relation to the rapid rise of the global cloud computing market. He will then outline the imperatives for starting to plan for the transition of applications and services towards a cloud-based future. Importantly, Sam will summarise the major considerations, issues and hurdles that are often encountered when trying to gain the benefits of cloud computing from current production applications. 

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith
Delivery Coach,
Suncorp (AU)

www.
suncorp.com.au

twitter:
(at)smithcdau

Craig has been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. He has been an agile practitioner for over 10 years and is a Certified Scrum Master and a member of both the Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance. He is currently working within Suncorp's Business Services division as an Agile Coach, on a number of high profile technical and business projects. He is a regular trainer for the Agile Academy and has presented at a number of international conferences such as U.S. Agile conference (2008-2011), Atlassian Summit, ASWEC, CITCON, Agile Australia and OSDC. He is a regular trainer for the Agile Academy and is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ.

At Fusion, Craig will discuss how you can help bring Agile right into the business:

Going All XP On Your Business

When XP and Scrum were devised over 10 years ago, they were created to improve the delivery of software development projects. As many enterprises have matured in the Agile adoption, many of the business users on IT projects are now attempting to use Agile approaches on their own non-IT projects.

In this session we will cover using Agile in a non-IT environment and demonstrate how the original XP practices map extremely well over to business processes. And how those in SD can help your business counterparts.

Throughout the talk I will be referencing back to specific examples and case studies that we have experienced
in our organisation as we have rolled out agile processes across the enterprise. We'll look at:

  • Agile values for non-software development, including an updated look at the agile manifesto.
  • Agile principles and why they make good business sense.
  • Agile practices (such as TDD, standups, retrospectives, storycard elaboration and acceptance criteria
    and planning approaches) and how to adapt them effectively into a business process (using case
    studies as specific examples).
  • Mapping the XP, Scrum and Kanban practices to work in a business context.
  • Agile vs Kanban and how to decide when which is most appropriate.
  • What a business storycard looks like and why the elaboration and acceptance criteria are important.
  • Project delivery and how iterative delivery applies (and what delivery looks like in a non-software development project).  

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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith
Agile Coach and
Software
Technologist,
Ennova (AU)

www.
ennova.com.au

twitter:
(at)adrianlsmith

Dr. Adrian Smith is a software engineering and technology consultant who specialises in Agile and Lean methods. His experience spans a variety of industries that include Mining, Aerospace, Public Infrastructure, Digital Media, Banking and Insurance. Adrian has led and coached engineering and software development teams for organisations that include Airbus, GKN Aerospace, BBC Worldwide and Suncorp. He has also proposed and supervised research projects with RMIT, UNSW and the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures. Adrian is an experienced Agile Coach and Software Technologist in Agile and Lean software development, engineering design and modelling mainly for web and mobile platforms.

Adrian will look at Software Automated Testing and what you can do bad so you know what to do good in his session:  

7 Deadly Sins of Automated Software Testing

Automated software testing is a key enabler for teams wanting to build high quality software that can be progressively enhanced and continuously released. To ensure development practices are sustainable, automated testing must be treated as a first-class citizen and not all approaches are created equal. Some approaches can accumulate technical debt, cause duplication of effort and even team dysfunctions.

The seven deadly sins of automated software testing are a set of common anti-patterns that have been found
to erode the value of automated testing resulting in long term maintenance issues and ultimately affect the
ability of development teams to respond to change and continuously deliver. Taking the classic seven sins (Gluttony, Sloth, Lust, Envy, Rage, Pride, Greed) as they might be applied to test automation we will discuss
how to identify each automated testing sin and more importantly provide guidance on how to address them
and avoid them in the first place.

All the way you'll look at how this fits to:

  • Improve the application and value of automated testing.
  • Improve team collaboration through testing.
  • Reduce test maintenance issues and costs.

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Gary Rubinstein

Gary Rubinstein
Requirements
and Portfolio
Management
Practive
Manager,
Revolution IT, (AU)

www.revolutionit
.com.au

Gary is a highly professional project and portfolio management (PPM) and Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) specialist at Revolution IT.

With more than 15 years of consulting experience in the areas of business analysis, process improvement and strategy, he is Australia's first certified instructor for the BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate and a Certified Process Professional (CPP) Level 5 - Master. Gary has extensive commercial engagement knowledge within the areas of business governance, project management, system and software implementation and business consulting.

An ability to pragmatically approach complex project delivery and commercial issues is one of Gary's key strengths - teamed with a successful track record for leading and motivating geographically diverse teams of various sizes throughout the project lifecycle.

A focus in vendor management, stakeholder management and resolving business issues led to Gary successfully managing the business IT deliverables and transition process during a new client billing system implementation.Gary has also assisted several clients to improve their Project Management Offices (PMOs) through the use of software tools that automate and digitise the governance process and project reporting.

Providing engagements with strong project and requirements methodology coupled with the adaptability of a consultative approach is a quality that Gary strives to achieve on an ongoing basis.

Gary will present the session:

What is the Value a Business Analyst Brings to Your Organisation?

The value of the business analyst in both day-to-day operations and projects is often misunderstood.  This presentation will dispel any myths on the role and profession of the business analyst as well as explain the
value these professionals bring to the organisation.

Today's business world is focused on the value various activities bring to the business.  This applies to both
day-to-day operations and projects. So what is the value of the business analyst? Why is this profession so important to both day-to-day operations and project initiatives?

Before we can place a value on the services we provide we first need to come to a common understanding on what the role of a business analyst is, the skills and techniques we bring to the role and the knowledge required to be the best we can be. 

After presenting the audience with a standard definition of the role and with agreement on the activities undertaken, we will focus our analysis on the value of a business analyst.  We will look into both tangible and intangible value measures.

Finally, with all of this information, we should be able to explain to the business (and IT where necessary) what we do, why we do it and the value this will provide to the organisation. 

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Jonathon Wright

Jonathon Wright
Global Head of Automation,
Trafigura (UK)

www.bjss.com

twitter:
(at)jonathon_wright

Jonathon Wright has over 12 years of commercial automation experience with a number of international organisations. Currently working as 'Global Head of Automation' for Trafigura whilst also leading the 'Test Innovation and Automation' team for BJSS based in London.

Jonathon also contributed to the recent "Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation (2012)" and a number of upcoming books on test automation and testing in the cloud. Co-founder of “Test Automation as a Service” (TaaaS.net) as well as presenting at various international testing conferences.

Jonathon will present the session on Test Automation:

Test Automation As A Service

We've all heard the claims that cloud computing will, without any up-front investment, provide instant scalability, flexibility, and availability for testing-on-demand.

  • But how well does this work in practice?
  • Is it really the perfect environment to create powerful testing solutions?
  • If so, why would your businesses invest in creating its own custom test automation frameworks to support your solution lifecycle management, when there's a solution to meet everyone's needs?

Based on his experience, describing recent successes and the pitfalls to be avoided, Jonathon Wright explores these questions, and the pros and cons of using the “Testing as a Service” model.

Sharing real world examples, he shows how you can transform the automation services in your organization and how you can take your company on the journey into the cloud regardless of your automation maturity. Influence and contribute to the future direction in the “Testing as a Service” community.

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Michi Tyson

Michi Tyson
Agile
Knowledge Engineer,
Software
Education (AU)

www.softed.com

Michi is an enthusiastic and dedicated IT Project Manager with experience in small team leadership, team coaching and individual mentoring.

Originally from Austria, and having gained most of her experience in the UK working with organisations such as Philips, Telefonica O2 and Tata Beverage Group, Michi has recently moved to Australia to join Software Education as a trainer and consultant, focussing on the delivery of Agile and IT Management courses.

During her 8 years as a Project Manager and Scrum Master, Michi has been able to work on a wide variety of projects spanning an array of different industries, from EU-funded Social Sector Programmes to International Telecommunications and Retail Groups. Her experience ranges from delivering two-person platform configuration projects and proprietary applications to international web development and rollout programmes. As a trainer, coach and mentor, Michi has worked with people from a variety of cultural and specialisation backgrounds, from delivery team members to project sponsors and sales and marketing departments.

Michi has a strong passion for people and organisational excellence. She applies her effervescent nature and can-do attitude as well as her experience in Agile and Waterfall projects, Programme and Release Management, Iteration Management, Agile Business Adoption Consultancy and her in-depth understanding of coaching and mentoring project teams to her work.

Michi is a certified Prince 2 Practitioner as well as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). When she is not training or travelling, Michi enjoys cooking and spending time with her partner and their mini-petting zoo.

Michi will present a session exploring approaches to agile implementation and transformation:

Discover Your Own Agile Journey

An homage to the "Make your own adventure" books of my (and maybe your!) youth, this is an informal group game exploring and discovering different approaches to agile implementation and transformation!

For both "Agile Newbies" as well as "Seasoned Agilistas" we will race each other to navigate our "agile project maze" as effectively and efficiently as possible - all the while watching our project schedule and credibility!

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Shane Hastie

Shane Hastie
Agile Practice
Lead,
Software
Education (AU)

www.softed.com

twitter:
(at)shanehastie

 

Shane is SoftEd's Chief Knowledge Engineer and Agile Practice Lead. He provides training and consultancy in business systems analysis, requirements engineering, software project management, software testing and design techniques. In the 'real world' before he was a trainer, Shane designed and built a diverse range of systems for a broad range of industries; experience which makes him a sought after consultant and conference speaker.

Shane is the first Agile Alliance board member from Australasia, part of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) working group creating an Agile extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) and has taught in Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Shane is our most well-travelled trainer, so luckily he enjoys working and writing on planes (it's about the only time he gets to do it!). He is friendly, helpful and dedicated to promoting better software development processes.

Shane has a Masters degree in Information Management, is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), is ISTQB Foundation certified (CTFL) and is also a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).  

Together with Anja Wever and Sharon Robson, Shane will present the 2.5hr workshop:

Estimation: How to Identify and Address Key Risks to Develop Successful Estimation Approaches

Estimation is hard - we often ask the wrong questions at the wrong times, and end up with the wrong answers. In this workshop Anja, Sharon and Shane will work with you to help improve your estimation process and approach.

This workshop will enable participants to identify the key problems and risks associated with estimation. They will learn about the challenges associated with estimation throughout the SDLC, irrespective of your methodology, and the issues faced by other team members. Root Cause Analysis will allow the participants to understand how and when the issues can be addressed. The group will then work together to define actual solutions to their problems and leave the workshop with solid estimation checklists, key approaches for successful estimation and a list of common estimation factors to consider.

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