Business Agility: Agile ALM – June 26, London

Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) refers to the tools and processes used to manage agile software development projects. Unlike traditional ALM that uses a phased approach where the next stage can only be started once the stage before is complete; Agile ALM uses the same team or in some cases the same person to develop the requirements, design, code and test the software development simultaneously allowing them collaborate to build features that are fully deployable from the start. They then continue to develop and add to the product. This approach requires a different tool set and that is where Agile ALM comes into play.

It is not the methodology that makes Agile important but the principles and techniques that allow implementing features to align with a particular methodology. 
Agility is more than a buzzword in today’s competitive market. Agile ALM tools do more than simply repackage the old ALM tools, they incorporate features that allow for development teams to work effectively, integrate seamlessly, manage change and allow for strong communication and collaboration. With the right collection of tools, improved business agility is assured.

Join in the discussions and conversations with thought leaders and practitioners and see why in today’s turbulent business environment the ability to be adapt and respond to change is vital. 

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10th Next Generation Testing Conference: Testing as an Activity – June 26, London

This summer’s Next Generation Testing conference programme addresses the major testing challenges faced by organisation right now and in the future and it reflects the significant growth of interest in Agile and testing as an activity.

The one-day conference which features a highly interactive programme – case studies and traditional presentations interspersed with panel sessions and roundtable discussions –concludes with a drinks reception and networking evening.

Programme Includes:

Loose Coupling: An ecological approach to systems design & integration
Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge Pte Ltd

What Does Next Generation Testing Mean to Me?
Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting

Testing As An Activity
Stephen Janaway, NET-A-PORTER

Testing as a Cultural Norm
Dan North, Dan North & Associates Ltd


Case Study: A Paradigm Shift in IT Change Delivery
David Silverstone, Founder and Delivery & Solutions Director for LeftShift

Case Study: Agile, cloud based technical testing on an integration programme
Stevan Zivanovich, Infuse Consulting Limited, Breaking Through The Barriers Ltd

Case study: Test Smart, Dress Smart: Mobile Testing in a Fashion Industry Context
Nehir Yelkovan & Francois Le Notre, NET-A-PORTER

Feedback Session: What’s “Next Generation” in Testing? 
Open discussion, hosted by Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting

Final summary. 
Susan Windsor, Gerrard Consulting (NGT Programme Chair)

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DevOps Summit: Adopting DevOps – June 26, London

Efficient Teams • Streamlined Processes • Right Tools

Adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process, and technology. Although the name DevOps suggests development- and operations-based way of working, DevOps is an enterprise capability that includes stakeholders, business owners, architecture, design, development, quality assurance (QA), operations, security, partners, and suppliers. Excluding any stakeholder will lead to incomplete implementation of DevOps.

Changes need to be made, but it is difficult to go against the usual flow and investments too are also required. But before you consider adopting new technology and methods, consider the challenges within your organization that that needs addressing. The expert practitioners and thought leaders at this DevOps Summit will give help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment.

DevOps culture: Collaboration and communication across stakeholders — that’s the culture of DevOps.

A DevOps culture is characterized by a high degree of collaboration across roles, focus on business instead of depart- mental objectives, trust, and high value placed on learning through experimentation.

  • Standardisation for multiple Scrum + ‘DevOps’ teams with no separate Operations team
  • Is DevOps just a job title?


  • Dealing with ALM processes
  • DevOps and Agile – how they align

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is a set of processes employed to manage the life of an application as it evolves from an idea (a business need) to an application that’s deployed and eventually under maintenance. Hence, looking at DevOps as an end-to-end business capability makes ALM part of the DevOps process.

  • Identifying business objectives: DevOps helps you to reach your goals.
  • DevOps practices
  • A few specific practices that need to be include when adopting DevOps:
    • Release planning
    • Continuous integration
    • Continuous delivery
    • Continuous testing
    • Continuous monitoring and feedback
  • Where does DevOps start and finish (from a process perspective)?
  • Where does ‘Operations’ sit in the ITIL model? All over the place? e.g. Service Transition?
  • Is co-location of resources necessary for successful DevOps?


A common set of tools allows teams to work anywhere, and new team members need to learn only one set of tools — a process that’s efficient, cost-effective, repeatable, and scalable.

  • Open source DevOps/release/orchestration tools
  • Measuring technology adoption
  • Measuring return on investment tools and technology 


  • Coping with the cloud
  • Enabling mobile applications
  • The Internet of Things

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This was first published in March 2014


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