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Monday, April 30

08:30 CDT

Continuous Design: Harnessing Change for Competitive Advantage (Jeff Sussna)

Teams across the product, development, and operations spectrum are struggling to effectively adopt new methodologies. How do we do Agile “right”? What does DevOps really mean? How do we integrate Design Thinking into Agile without losing its creative essence? How do we connect these methods to our ultimate goal, which is to continuously learn from the market by having productive conversations with our customers?
This talk will introduce a truly unified approach to design, development, and operations that goes beyond merely bolting them together. It will explore the shared heritage of Agile, DevOps, and Design Thinking in order to create a deeper understanding of what it means to deliver value. It will present the view that by making design a continuous part of everything we do, we can fulfill the Agile promise of harnessing change for competitive advantage.

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Jeff Sussna

Sussna Associates
Jeff Sussna is an internationally recognized IT coach and design thinking practitioner. He specializes in helping digital organizations improve service quality through effective collaboration. His career spans thirty years of building systems and leading organizations across the entire... Read More →

Monday April 30, 2018 08:30 - 10:00 CDT
Lone Star Ballroom
Wednesday, May 2

10:30 CDT

Beyond Waste: Exploratory Charters in Action (Claire Moss)

Think manual testing is waste? Think again! If you're not learning when you're testing, you're doing it wrong! People exploring systems can be your best defense against unknown problems and your greatest way of finding unexpected opportunities.
While automation is well adapted for repeating the same thing over and over again, human beings are great at doing things differently.
Doing is not enough! We need to think during our review and examination processes to improve outcomes. How do we design manual exploration to provide value in today's fast-moving development culture?
Come to this workshop for hands-on experience with the full lifecycle of exploratory testing charters.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Structuring manual exploratory testing for transparency
  • Charter guidance during test execution
  • Outcomes of exploratory testing
  • Value delivery through debrief of testing session


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Claire Moss

Developer, Agilist, Tester, ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Agile coach, aclairefication
Agilist working as part of product development teams to support and accelerate development through fast feedback. I help teams to craft more executable user stories. Product backlog creator and groomer with emphasis on progressive elaboration. Front-end Javascript development, back-end... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30 - 12:00 CDT
Lone Star F/G

10:30 CDT

Testing Without Mocks: A Practical Guide (James Shore)

Are your tests slow or brittle? Do you get a sinking feeling when you need to refactor? Do you worry your unit tests aren't actually testing anything important? If so, you could benefit from exploring a mock-free approach to TDD.
This session is a comprehensive and practical guide to testing without mocks and other test doubles. We'll talk about real-world code, not dogma, and discuss solutions for tough problems—such as testing infrastructure code, disentangling logic and infrastructure, testing units in isolation, dealing with side effects, approaches to design, and more.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn to test-drive code without using mocks
  • Learn to test code in isolation when not using mocks
  • Learn mock-free solutions to problems that seem to require mocks (such as infrastructure code)
  • Learn to use mock-free TDD to improve designs
  • Learn to create fast, safe test suites that have minimal integration tests


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James Shore

Consultant, Titanium I.T. LLC
James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He is a recipient of the Agile Alliance's Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice, co-author of /The Art of Agile Development/, and co-creator of the Agile Fluency™ Model. You can find his essays... Read More →

Wednesday May 2, 2018 10:30 - 12:00 CDT
Lone Star B/C