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Assurance Leadership Forum 24 April 2019

Gerrard Consulting

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 from 11:00 to 17:30 (BST)

Assurance Leadership Forum 24 April 2019

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Event Details

The 61st Assurance Leadership Forum will take place on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Court

Programme Chair: Mike Jarred

Timetable

11:00

The Vision and Direction for the ALF (ALF Leadership Team)

12:30

Lunch for Morning Delegates, Teas/Coffees @13.30pm

14:00

Introductions

14:15

Session 1

Jack Cole - Method Resourcing

Recruitment in the digital age

Session 2

Simon Hayhurst - Coleman Parkes

Capgemini 2018 World Quality Report
Global Findings: What do the UK Testing community think?

Session 3

Nick Powell

How to unlock your hidden energy and operate at Peak Performance

15:30

Teas/Coffees and Networking

16:00

Session 4

Jen & Phil Wheeler - Testing Professionals

Successful Interviews

Session 5

Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG

Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you?)

Session 6

Stevan Zivanovic - Independent

Lessons Learnt in Implementing DevOps

17:15

Drinks Reception

 

Abstracts and Bios

The Vision and Direction for the ALF

The ALF leadership team comprises Mike Jarred, Alison Kuy, Scott Summers, Harry Vazanias and Paul Gerrard. Together, we have been formulating a vision for the future of the Assurance Leadership Forum. This session sets out a little history of the Test Management, now Assurance Leadership Forum, introduces the five members of the team, and presents our vision and proposed future direction for the Forum.

We'll discuss our thinking and reasons behind what you might think is a radical re-think of the purpose of the Forum whilst retaining its essential characteristics and ethos. Please join us to hear our proposal, challenge and discuss. If you come to this special session, please select the "All Day" ticket type. We'll provide a subsidised lunch for you.

 

Lessons Learnt in Implementing DevOps

This will be an open forum session looking at DevOps implementation approaches, particularly focusing on the skills, capabilities, “patterns” and culture needed to achieve change. I will initiate the discussion based on my experience of implementing DevOps in an established Insurance company, just around the corner from the ALF venue.

I will look at the infrastructure (I just found some code written in 1985), the structure of the organisation and the ambitions of the leadership team and quickly look at where we are on the DevOps journey. I want to then open the discussion to look at your experiences, expectations and advice on how to transition to DevOps

Stevan Zivanovic - Independent

Testing is a passion for Stevan. In the past 25 years that he has been actively involved in testing, he has worked in a wide variety of businesses, from aircraft safety critical systems to financial “start-ups”. Since 2005 he has been presenting at various conferences and particularly at the TMF and now ALF on adapting approaches to meet the changing and accelerating needs of the “real” world.

 

Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you?)

We know the models for system testing but how do we test the readiness of the recipients?

  • Are current communication channels enough to deal with the coming change?
  • Phased approach versus big bang – which is best?
  • How do we test roll back or changes after we flick the switch without hitting the panic button?
  • Does the statement ready for go live mean the same to everybody?

 

 

 

Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG

With 16 years of experience Daniel is a highly skilled, proficient Testing Manager who has enjoyed an accomplished and successful career with a Large Global Banks’ Technical Services in Europe. He possesses a strong technical background in implementing large, complex change programmes in Banking and Blue Chip corporations to improve operational efficiency and risk management.

Daniel has extensive experience across the software testing lifecycle, and is very familiar with the V-Model test stages including System Testing, System Integration Testing, UAT as well as Regulatory Testing. He has driven great client satisfaction through defining, owning and delivering solutions and strategies across complex and heavily regulated business areas.

 

How to unlock your hidden energy and operate at Peak Performance

We live in unprecedented times, in a world where our energy, time and attention are under constant demand. We are all struggling to find the right balance between work, spending quality time with their family, staying healthy, socialising with friends and contributing to our community.

We are bombarded with productivity tips and tricks that don't make a step change difference in our performance and we've forgotten that energy management trumps time management every time. The health advice provided by 'the experts' is heavily influenced by big industry, much of which is making us weaker and depleting our energy. The truth is, most people think that they are highly energised but how they feel is their new norm and they no longer know what 'good' feels like.

This workshop will show you how to massively increase your energy levels through hacking your own biology, by putting yourself first and focusing on your physical, emotional and mental health. The tools and techniques that I will share are practical and you'll be able to implement them immediately. However, I’m going to break conventional wisdom, so you’ll need to come with an open mind, be prepared to experiment and discover what is going to work for you. Some of the topics I will cover are:

  • Developing a morning routine to set yourself up for success every day
  • How to never again have a hangover by taking two simple supplements
  • Avoiding the mid-afternoon energy slump
  • Supplements and smart drugs that provide amazing energy and focus
  • The secret to a great night’s sleep
  • How to tame your monkey mind
  • How to be productive and avoid distraction
  • Technology to increase your performance
  • How to find the food that increases/depletes your energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Powell

Nick is a peak performance coach, business consultant and charity trustee, and has been transforming organisations and individuals for the past 20 years. Nick is a certified coach by one of the world's leading human performance organisations, Bulletproof 360.

 

Capgemini 2018 World Quality Report. Global Findings: What do the UK Testing community think?

For a decade, Capgemini have been researching trends in quality assurance amongst the broader global IT community. Simon Hayhurst from B2B research agency Coleman Parkes (who conduct the underlying research) takes us through Capgemini’s global findings and ask the question “To what extent do these international results chime with your own experience?”

For 10 years Capgemini have been producing World Quality Report

  • Latest edition – 72 pages
  • 1700 interviews
  • 32 countries
  • 299 respondents in Western Europe, 125 in UK
  • Respondents in public & private sector
  • All respondents from businesses with 1,000+ employees (though 40% had 10,000+ employees)
  • 20% of respondents were QA/Testing managers

 

 

 

 

 

 

The The intention of talk is to explain key global trends the report has identified and drive debate around comparing broader findings with what ALF members’ UK experiences are – spark debate around specific trends in UK.

KEY TRENDS DRIVING IT GLOBLLY ARE

  • Security
  • CEX
  • Improve software quality
  • Improve responsiveness to business demands
  • Cost optimisation
  • Cloud transformation

 

 

 

 

 

With regards to QA/testing, specific impacts of these developments are:

AI – TWO IMPACTS ON TESTING

  • Using AI in testing to develop self-generative / self-adapting / self-running testing
  • New approaches needed to validate and verifiy AI solutions

 

AGILE – DEVOPS – TCOEs (Testing Centres of Excellence)

  • Challenge of “Quality at Speed”
  • Fragmentation of QA & Testing departments

 

AUTOMATION

  • Low level of adoption of automation in testing regimes

TEST ENVIRONMENTS AND USE OF TEST DATA

  • 31% tests in permanent environments
  • 58% rely on manually generated test data

 

CONFLICTING COST DRIVERS

  • Lower costs where automation / outsourcing utilised
  • Higher costs where agile / devops / analytics (even automation needs test infrastructure investment)

 

Do you agree with the findings? How do they chime with your epxeriences?

Simon Hayhurst - Coleman Parkes

 

Recruitment in the digital age

With LinkedIn recruiter becoming one of the UK’s most popular and powerful recruitment tools, it won't be long before the conventional CV becomes a thing of the past. Get an insight into how recruiters effectively use LinkedIn to attract talent and how to boost your LinkedIn profile to attract recruiters and perspective future employers.

Jack Cole, Method Resourcing

 

 

Successful Interviews

In this session we will cover the following topics

  • Creating successful interviews as a candidate
  • Conducting successful interviews as an interviewer
  • Behaviors and body language – creating a positive impression

 

 

Takeaways

Really practical ways to ensure attending and conducting interviews is as successful as possible, this includes

  • How to plan and prepare effectively
  • Building self-awareness
  • Tips on building rapport
  • Honing communication skills across all channels (visual, vocal and verbal) – types of body language
  • If attendees would like ongoing support, we can offer help and/or coaching

 

 

 

 

You can greatly influence the impression you give others. Winging it at interview is like playing Russian Roulette. Self-awareness and great planning are key. Developing effective communication skills across all channels is very worthwhile.

Techniques used

  • Group discussion
  • White boarding
  • Reviewing case studies
  • Role playing
  • Fun quiz

Jennifer Wheeler

 

Passionate about people and software testing, Jennifer started working in the industry in 1998 with a software testing consultancy, since then she has worked with hundreds of companies supplying candidates to join their teams. In addition to helping to engage appropriate talent Jennifer shares her knowledge of skills availability, market rates and staff retention.

Jennifer, who is certified ISEB Foundation in Software Testing and BDD qualified, is active in the testing community; she has been a committee member of the SIGiST Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing (BCS – Chartered Institute for IT) and plays a part in other technical events like https://swanseacon.co.uk/. Helping to deliver conferences focussed on enabling the technical community to keep up to date with evolving practices and listen to thought leaders from across the globe is very important to her. Jennifer produces content for Tester Magazine. linkedinuk.linkedin.com/in/jenniferwheeler5

Philip Wheeler MBA

Philip is an experienced IT Programme Manager who has delivered complex business transformation programmes into businesses for over 15 years working with budgets up to £60million. He is very commercially aware and has the technical knowledge which adds great value when assessing candidates potential and ability to work in diverse business environments, whilst keeping a focus on client business needs. He has led high quality teams and is a qualified Programme Manager and Scrum Master. He brings great experience and insight into recruiting. linkedin.com/in/philipwheeleruk/

About TestingProfessionals - http://testingprofessionals.com/

 

TestingProfessionals.com is a UK based software testing careers company. The team has spent over 17 years working with the software testing community. We work in partnership with clients helping them recruit the best technical talent to join their businesses, and assisting candidates secure new opportunities. Our focus is to help people working in tech to grow and meet changing business goals, both on a permanent basis and for specific project needs.

 

 

Please note that we are reducing our dependency on electronic mail shots to stay in touch. We will start to use LinkedIn to publicise these events soon. To receive notifications through Linkedin, we ask you to make sure you are a member of the LinkedIn Assurance Leadership Forum group.


11:00 - 12:30 The Vision and Direction for the ALF (ALF Leadership Team)
Abstract @Paul - we will need to frame this session with a quick summary of how this session will work, what we want in terms of outcomes and what the take aways will be for members who come to this morning session. Have you got anything from your "one pager" that can be inserted here?
       
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
       
14:00 - 14:15 Introductions
       
14:15 - 15:30 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
       
Facilitator Name Jack Cole - Method Resourcing Simon Hayhurst - Coleman Parkes Nick Powell
Title Recruitment in the digital age Capgemini 2018 World Quality Report
Global Findings: What do the UK Testing community think?
How to unlock your hidden energy and operate at Peak Performance
Abstract With LinkedIn recruiter becoming one of the UK’s most popular and powerful recruitment tools, it won't be long before the conventional CV becomes a thing of the past. Get an insight into how recruiters effectively use LinkedIn to attract talent and how to boost your LinkedIn profile to attract recruiters and perspective future employers.


MJ 29/1 I have asked Jack for more details on the topics for discussion on both the candidate and managers / hiring company in order top bring this to life a little more. He has committed to getting this through to me in the next week, but in the meantime we can do early marketing with the above.
For a decade, Capgemini have been researching trends in quality assurance amongst the broader global IT community. Simon Hayhurst from B2B research agency Coleman Parkes (who conduct the underlying research) takes us through Capgemini’s global findings and ask the question “To what extent do these international results chime with your own experience?”

For 10 years Capgemini have been producing World Quality Report
• Latest edition – 72 pages
• 1700 interviews
• 32 countries
• 299 respondents in Western Europe, 125 in UK
• Respondents in public & private sector
• All respondents from businesses with 1,000+ employees (though 40% had 10,000+ employees)
• 20% of respondents were QA/Testing managers
• Intention of talk is to explain key global trends the report has identified
• Drive debate around comparing broader findings with what ALF members’ UK experiences are – spark debate around specific trends in UK

KEY TRENDS DRIVING IT GLOBLLY ARE
• Security
• CEX
• Improve software quality
• Improve responsiveness to business demands
• Cost optimisation
• Cloud transformation

With regards to QA/testing, specific impacts of these developments are:

AI – TWO IMPACTS ON TESTING
• Using AI in testing to develop self-generative / self-adapting / self-running testing
• New approaches needed to validate and verifiy AI solutions

AGILE – DEVOPS – TCOEs (Testing Centres of Excellence)
• Challenge of “Quality at Speed”
• Fragmentation of QA & Testing departments

AUTOMATION
• Low level of adoption of automation in testing regimes

TEST ENVIRONMENTS AND USE OF TEST DATA
• 31% tests in permanent environments
• 58% rely on manually generated test data

CONFLICTING COST DRIVERS
• Lower costs where automation / outsourcing utilised
• Higher costs where agile / devops / analytics (even automation needs test infrastructure investment)

DO YOU AGREE WITH THE FINDINGS? HOW DO THEY CHIME WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES?
We live in unprecedented times, in a world where our energy, time and attention are under constant demand. We are all struggling to find the right balance between work, spending quality time with their family, staying healthy, socialising with friends and contributing to our community.

We are bombarded with productivity tips and tricks that don't make a step change difference in our performance and we've forgotten that energy management trumps time management every time. The health advice provided by 'the experts' is heavily influenced by big industry, much of which is making us weaker and depleting our energy. The truth is, most people think that they are highly energised but how they feel is their new norm and they no longer know what 'good' feels like.

This workshop will show you how to massively increase your energy levels through hacking your own biology, by putting yourself first and focusing on your physical, emotional and mental health. The tools and techniques that I will share are practical and you'll be able to implement them immediately. However, I’m going to break conventional wisdom, so you’ll need to come with an open mind, be prepared to experiment and discover what is going to work for you. Some of the topics I will cover are:

Developing a morning routine to set yourself up for success every day
How to never again have a hangover by taking two simple supplements
Avoiding the mid-afternoon energy slump
Supplements and smart drugs that provide amazing energy and focus
The secret to a great night’s sleep
How to tame your monkey mind
How to be productive and avoid distraction
Technology to increase your performance
How to find the food that increases/depletes your energy
Facilitator Bio     Nick is a peak performance coach, business consultant and charity trustee, and has been transforming organisations and individuals for the past 20 years. Nick is a certified coach by one of the world's leading human performance organisations, Bulletproof 360.
       
       
15:30 - 16:00 Refreshment break and announcements
       
       
16:00 - 17:15 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6
       
Facilitator Name Jen & Phil Wheeler - Testing Professionals Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG Stevan Zivanovich - Independent
Title Successful Interviews Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you?) Lessons Learnt in Implementing DevOps
Abstract In this session we will cover the following topics
- Creating successful interviews as a candidate
- Conducting successful interviews as an interviewer
- Behaviors and body language – creating a positive impression

Takeaways

Really practical ways to ensure attending and conducting interviews is as successful as possible, this includes
• How to plan and prepare effectively
• Building self-awareness
• Tips on building rapport
• Honing communication skills across all channels (visual, vocal and verbal) – types of body language
• If attendees would like ongoing support, we can offer help and/or coaching

You can greatly influence the impression you give others. Winging it at interview is like playing Russian Roulette. Self-awareness and great planning are key. Developing effective communication skills across all channels is very worthwhile

Techniques used
- Group discussion
- White boarding
- Reviewing case studies
- Role playing
- Fun quiz

Information on subjects we will introduce;

- Planning and preparing (Researching: company, job role, culture, industry, interviewer, Planning: listing potential questions, practicing answers, plotting the trip (having a plan B)
- Vision – creating and practicing a winning state, envisioning a positive meeting and outcome, practicing out loud,
- Building rapport – verbal and non-verbal communication, physical positioning, being open, listening, establishing points in common and being aware of personal bias, setting the scene, agenda and expectations
- Igniting interest – being present and alert, animated and enthusiastic whilst taking in consideration the communication style of the interviewer, adding extra value
- Active listening – communicate your understanding of questions in a reassuring manner, paying attention
- Answering the question – be informative and energetic but on topic
- Asking questions which give the maximum insight – Open, closed, evidence, hypothetical, probing, blockbusting, framing, challenging, reflective. Taking notes.
- Online video interviewing – considerations – movement, attention, eye contact
- Being aware of your bias
- Speaking the right language – be aware of who you are communicating with and the extent of their understanding in certain areas – acronyms, jargon, tech terms etc..
- Being authentic – it's got to be real for you both
- Communication channels - 55% expressions and actions (visual), 38% how we say it (vocal), 7% what we say (Verbal)
- The control balance – getting what you need out of the meeting – right level of chit chat
- Being balanced in assessing across all areas
- Keeping it legal – avoid - gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, family background, health, age, religion
- Body language - posture and gestures, eye contact, orientation, proximity, looks/appearance, expressions of emotion.


We know the models for system testing but how do we test the readiness of the recipients?

• Are current communication channels enough to deal with the coming change?

• Phased approach versus big bang – which is best?

• How do we test roll back or changes after we flick the switch without hitting the panic button?

• Does the statement ready for go live mean the same to everybody?
This will be an open forum session looking at DevOps implementation approaches, particularly focusing on the skills, capabilities, “patterns” and culture needed to achieve change. I will initiate the discussion based on my experience of implementing DevOps in an established Insurance company, just around the corner from the ALF venue.

I will look at the infrastructure (I just found some code written in 1985), the structure of the organisation and the ambitions of the leadership team and quickly look at where we are on the DevOps journey. I want to then open the discussion to look at your experiences, expectations and advice on how to transition to DevOps
Facilitator Bio About TestingProfessionals - http://testingprofessionals.com/
TestingProfessionals.com is a UK based software testing careers company. The team has spent over 17 years working with the software testing community. We work in partnership with clients helping them recruit the best technical talent to join their businesses, and assisting candidates secure new opportunities. Our focus is to help people working in tech to grow and meet changing business goals, both on a permanent basis and for specific project needs.

Jennifer Wheeler
Passionate about people and software testing, Jennifer started working in the industry in 1998 with a software testing consultancy, since then she has worked with hundreds of companies supplying candidates to join their teams. In addition to helping to engage appropriate talent Jennifer shares her knowledge of skills availability, market rates and staff retention.

Jennifer, who is certified ISEB Foundation in Software Testing and BDD qualified, is active in the testing community; she has been a committee member of the SIGiST Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing (BCS – Chartered Institute for IT) and plays a part in other technical events like https://swanseacon.co.uk/. Helping to deliver conferences focussed on enabling the technical community to keep up
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Balls Brothers
Minster Court
Mincing Lane
EC3R 7PP London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 from 11:00 to 17:30 (BST)


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Gerrard Consulting

Gerrard Consulting has been delivering testing services since 1984 and we have gained a reputation for innovative independent thinking based upon an honest open relationships with our clients. Often, clients come to us because of specific problems which aren’t easily resolved using more ‘normal’ textbook solutions.

We seek to continuously develop new and improved services designed to support the successful delivery of software projects.

We host the Assurance Leadership Forum which is run as a not-for-profit group and is geared towards supporting experienced Assurance and Testing practitioners. Our events are discussion based (rather than presentation based) sessions and we encourage networking and information exchange.

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