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The conference program 2020 is designed for comfortable learning and maximized interactive participation from the safety of your home:

Summer Season: July 20th through August 21st
Tutorials: September-October 2020

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Monday, August 17 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Transforming with Scaled Agile and Importance of Test Leadership

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The range and nature of applications in most large enterprises can be very diverse and complex.  Similarly, we have mainframe systems, huge monoliths, micro-services and a whole variety of front-end platforms. All these products in conjunction create customer value and therefore must synchronize with one another. Delivering value at speed was therefore a challenge.

In a drive to improve time to market and product quality, our transformation to scaled agile began. Focus was put on building enablers to help teams implement continuous testing. While this could be called a DevOps transformation, it wasn't just that. New ways of working and a new leadership style was being introduced.

For all these different products to deliver value, release trains were formed stitching together many feature teams to delivering new features on the same cadence. Among the new cultural values was "autonomous teams", which meant agile teams should be empowered to operate independently. To some this meant there was no need for test leadership and the feature teams could do without them.

As new release trains came up and they started to operate, gaps started appearing. System level tests at the release train level, and across release trains absence could be seen. Also, testing enablers to help feature teams within release trains to deliver at speed required an overarching leadership looking after these needs. Creating synergies between test automation frameworks across, again, required a common platform.

While forming the test leadership, we learned a few things and caught on some key principles. These principles along with how the leadership was formed helped in giving us a holistic view of quality across the enterprise and most importantly, the ability to demonstrate business value to the end user instead of individual pieces of working software.

While the journey is going on and we will keep on evolving our strategy. Few gems we learned thus far have certainly been very valuable and can be of immense help to organizations looking to transform how they deliver software.

Intended audience:
- Senior Execs / Managers / Lead engineers who want to drive a transformation project

Some key leanings:
- In a nutshell, how SAFe delivers value at pace in an Enterprise
- Leadership and autonomy: are these two opposing forces?
- What problems you may run into without test leadership
- Less focus on defining processes, more on implementing and learning from the execution
- Build synergies, that's the only way automation delivers

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Ali Khalid

Founder, Entalytica
Ali is an International award-winning speaker and contributor to various mainstream tech communities. From past few years has been heavily involved in IT transformation projects at well known large enterprises.For the past few years, he has been primarily working with Data engineering... Read More →

Monday August 17, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT