Accelerate San Francisco is only a few weeks away! We’ve lined up a great agenda of speakers and presentations covering topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence and automation to DevOps transformation. One session we are particularly excited for is a debate with speakers from Accenture, Electric Cloud, and Tricentis on the topic of who should be responsible for software quality – Testers, or Software Developers in Test? Take a look below for a sneak peak of what’s to come.

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The Next Great Debate in Software Development

Who is responsible for software quality—and how will it be achieved? This discussion is currently polarizing the development and testing community. There are two competing schools of thought:
1) Software developers are solely responsible for quality.
2) The skills and expertise of professional testers are required to achieve quality objectives.

Take a deep dive into this discussion during a debate featuring Wolfgang Platz (Tricentis Founder and Chief Strategy Officer), Jeff Wilkinson (Managing Director of Accenture), and Anders Walgren (CTO of Electric Cloud). In addition to addressing the questions you submit, we’ll be exploring topics such as:

  • How does DevOps alter quality objectives?
  • When should development resources be applied to testing tasks?
  • What skills are required to achieve testing goals for Agile and DevOps?
  • Do these skills align with the role of developer or tester?
  • Does the skillset for achieving quality shift with the scope of test?

AI and Automation for the Intelligent Enterprise

Testing plays a critical role as AI systems become more pervasive. The errors from these systems can adversely affect not just business performance, but also reputation, compliance and human life itself. In addition to ensuring reliability, these systems will also need to provide adequate transparency in the decisioning mechanism, such as explaining the logic, or the “why” behind the decision, in a way that the user can understand, and also provides an assurance of fairness and non-discrimination in the decision process. AI introduces both new opportunities and new challenges for quality engineering. AI-for-Testing leverages machine learning, cognitive computing and statistical modelling algorithms to increase efficiency over the testing life-cycle, from planning to design and execution. This includes predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, intelligent advisors, and intelligent automation. Testing-for-AI involves teaching and testing AI applications such as chatbots and virtual assistants to guide them as they develop and learn.

Join this session with Hans Pauley and Paul Downes of Accenture to learn about a ‘Teach and Test’ strategy that involves teaching or training the system to produce a set of outputs by learning patterns, and validating system outputs (on test data and in production) to check the accuracy and evaluate the efficacy of the system. We’ll explain why automation is essential to manage models at scale, ensure accuracy, prevent false alarms, and preserve trust as models are created, tested, and deployed into production.

Digital Transformation: Navigating the Future of Testing

All signs indicate that the next wave of innovation will be driven by AI, robotics, big data, and predictive analytics. Testers will face the challenge of testing applications that are simply beyond the scope of our current approaches. But you’ll also be able to take advantage of a new generation of testing technologies—enabling you to reinvent your testing process for the digital future. In this keynote, Wolfgang Platz, Tricentis Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, shares his vision of software testing in the digital future. Learn how enterprise application architectures and associated delivery models are changing, how testing must evolve to address these changes, and what testers can (and must) do to successfully navigate the road ahead.

Low Code: What Testers Need to Know

The popularity of low-code is directly connected to the challenges facing businesses today. In an era where long-established industries are being disrupted by startups, the digital experience of the customer is more important than simply providing a long list of features. A huge increase in demand for new types of digital experiences is predicted. This in turn is making it harder for IT to deliver the value the business is looking for. Code-based approaches to application development are simply too slow to keep up. Low-code offers IT the opportunity to rise to these challenges and deliver business value much faster using their existing teams.

Couple this with the significant ROI low-code platforms deliver and it’s easy to see why more and more organizations are including low-code development platforms as part of their IT strategy. Join this session with Antonio Barros of Outsystems for an overview of why and how low code platforms arose, how they are being used, and how they are being tested. We’ll discuss how WoningNet (a popular property rental site in Amsterdam) used OutSystems and Tricentis Tosca to enable Continuous Delivery with Continuous Testing for the mobile applications that power their business.

What CIOs Really Think About Software Testing

Curious what CIOs really think about software testing? Get the inside perspective from an all-star CIO panel including Mahmoud El Assir, the CIO of Verizon, Barry Libenson, the GCIO of Experian, and Jennifer Sepull, the former CIO of USAA. We’ll explore the transformative digital transformation initiatives currently on the CIO agenda—and how software testing impacts their ultimate success. We’ll move the discussion beyond the buzzwords by looking at specific examples of digital transformation initiatives already in the works.

DevOps Transformation Journey by Chris Rolls

As IT practitioners we’re under constant pressure to change and improve the way that we deliver software. And we’re expected to do this while we; reduce cost, increase our speed to market and improve quality! The old approach of throwing bodies at the problem isn’t working today, and it’s definitely not going to work tomorrow. Organizations are now looking to DevOps as the solution, but apart from being the latest buzzword what does DevOps even mean? How do you use DevOps to transform the way you deliver software? And what do most organizations get wrong? Chris Rolls will speak about his experiences helping customers to undergo DevOps transformations, and provide valuable insights for your own DevOps transformation journey. Key Learnings:

  • What worked yesterday isn’t working today, and definitely won’t work tomorrow, as an industry we need to evolve our approach.
  • Continuous Testing is a vital and often neglected part of a DevOps transformation.
  • You don’t have to choose between Time, Cost & Money, with the right tools and approach you can improve on all accounts.

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