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National Software Testing Conference 2018

On 23rd March 2018 at the National Software Testing Conference 2018 in London to present "How To Survive Agile and DevOps - A Test Management Guide".

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May 2018 in London, at the National Software Testing Conference 2016, I presented a talk entitled “How To Survive Agile and DevOps - A Test Management Guide”

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30 - 35 minutes to provide information so that people in Senior Testing Roles, know how they can continue to add value in Agile and Dev Ops projects - despite many people saying that there is no need for their roles.

22nd - 23rd May 2018

The Pitch

If you work in Test Management at any senior level, and you read the Agile literature, then you might think that you’ll soon be out of a job. That need not be the case.

The skills that you have built up over the years can still be applied. The experience you’ve gained can still provide guidance. By revisiting the core of both Testing and Test Management we’ll understand how our lessons learned are relevant in Agile and DevOps.

This pragmatic and case study based presentation will provide the Do’s and Don’ts to help you survive, and potentially thrive, in Modern Software Development projects.

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Key points:

  • Agile and DevOps don’t change the core of Testing
  • Understanding how our Test Processes evolved, helps us tailor them for the future
  • You are not your role

The Bio

Alan Richardson has more than twenty years of professional IT experience, working as a developer and at every level of the testing hierarchy from Tester through to Head of Testing. He works as an independent consultant; helping companies improve their Agile Software Development and Testing processes. He works directly with teams, coaching them, to make more effective use of automation, and exploratory technical testing.

Alan is the author of four books including “Dear Evil Tester”, and “Java For Testers”. Alan has also created online training courses to help people learn Technical Web Testing and Selenium WebDriver with Java. Alan posts his writing and training videos on,,, and

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This talk is also available,
with bonuses (e.g. transcript, extra videos,
exercises and resources),
in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.