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EPIC Experience 2020 - EPIC Track 4

Wednesday, April 22

W4

The Intersection of Testing and DevSecOps

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 10:15am to 10:45am

No one likes having a movie spoiled by learning about the ending before they see it, but you’ve seen this one before, and your customers need to know how it turns out. All software systems have the potential for bugs, issues, and errors, and discovering them before your users do requires collaboration from everyone involved. Luis Casillas will share his experiences living at the intersection of testing and DevSecOps, and help you prevent your thriller from becoming a horror show!

Archana-Rajan
Financeit
W9

Building Compassionate Teams: A Sustainable Path to Scalability

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Growing pains on a team are a real thing. How do you hire the right person? Once hired, how do you train them? How do you keep them aligned, not just on the product, but also on team values? How do you build trust within the team? How do you encourage autonomy and engagement? All of this takes time and money, but you need to try to show value early on and get buy-in from management and the executives. Join Archana Rajan as she takes you on her journey of scaling her team from one to 20 people over the course of five years, all while reducing risk...

Joe-Leo
Def Method
W14

Expanding TDD to a Whole Test-Driven Organization

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:15pm

Software engineers have long used the practice of test-driven development (TDD) to better inform decision-making, reduce total development time, and write well-crafted, elegant code. But this approach can benefit more than just software engineers; sales teams, product managers, QA specialists, and release engineers can all employ TDD. What if your entire organization operated with a “red, green, refactor” philosophy? The sales team could write tests for their hypotheses about what potential customers want, product managers could write tests to...

Cindy-Peterson
Peerless Partners
Janel-Wellborn
Peerless Partners
W19

The Agile Playbook: A Catalyst for Real Agile Culture Change

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Are your teams looking to improve and evolve your agile practices but struggling to convince your leaders of what or why you need to change? Or perhaps your leaders decided to embark on a “transformation” to implement agile, but folks on the ground don’t know what that really means or how their daily work changes. It’s the Agile Playbook to the rescue! This simple yet incredibly powerful tool allows you to translate theory into everyday practices that are tailored to the realities of your organization. It captures how you intend to make...

Cindy-Peterson
Peerless Partners
Janel-Wellborn
Peerless Partners
W24

The Agile Playbook: A Catalyst for Real Agile Culture Change (continued)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Are your teams looking to improve and evolve your agile practices but struggling to convince your leaders of what or why you need to change? Or perhaps your leaders decided to embark on a “transformation” to implement agile, but folks on the ground don’t know what that really means or how their daily work changes. It’s the Agile Playbook to the rescue! This simple yet incredibly powerful tool allows you to translate theory into everyday practices that are tailored to the realities of your organization. It captures how you intend to make...

Cindy-Peterson
Peerless Partners
W29

Great Idea Going Nowhere Fast? Test and Learn to the Rescue!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm

You have a great idea and want to try something that you think will make life better—for you, your team, your family, or your customers. Maybe it’s a new framework or tool that you are so excited to bring back to your boss. Maybe it’s a different way to think about your team structure. Maybe you have a great idea of how to improve the customer experience for your most loyal customers. But then your idea is shot down by your boss, team, or coworkers—not because it isn’t a great idea, but because they don’t know for sure it will work. What’s the ROI? What if it fails? What will we do...

Thursday, April 23

Raj Subrameyer
ChaiLatte Consulting
T4

5 Patterns of Effective Communication in Agile Teams

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:30am

The way we communicate is the single most important skill set employers look for when hiring. It has a significant impact on cost, productivity, team morale, and employee retention; in fact, a study conducted by The Economist shows that problems in communication often delay project completion, lead to low morale and missed goals, and can result in a loss of sales. With that in mind, it becomes all the more important to identify gaps in communication when working with agile teams that have different roles, such as project managers, developers...

Sean-Ely
The Improv Effect
Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect
T9

Effective Agile Interactions Using Improv Sessions (continued)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Most development projects rely on the assumption that the environment in which it is built is stable. However, software development environments are highly complex, in constant flux, and thus unpredictable—not because of the software itself, but because of the people creating it. The most important factor for an agile team is their ability to communicate effectively. Understanding how to interact with your internal and external team can make or break the agile process. This interactive workshop will have you using applied improv exercises on active...

Sean-Ely
The Improv Effect
Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect
T14

Effective Agile Interactions Using Improv Sessions (continued)

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:15pm

Most development projects rely on the assumption that the environment in which it is built is stable. However, software development environments are highly complex, in constant flux, and thus unpredictable—not because of the software itself, but because of the people creating it. The most important factor for an agile team is their ability to communicate effectively. Understanding how to interact with your internal and external team can make or break the agile process. This interactive workshop will have you using applied improv exercises on active...

Jennifer Robison
Echobind
T19

Automating E2E Integration Tests for Mobile with Detox

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

React Native provides a low barrier into mobile development across platforms for iOS and Android. However, things are a little toxic when it comes to writing fully automated end-to-end tests. Eliminate the bad stuff with Detox! Detox is an end-to-end testing framework for mobile apps. Many other frameworks require redundant coding with platform-specific languages—this means you could write a test to validate your login screen in Swift for iOS, then write the same test again in Java for Android. Detox allows you to write one set of tests that...

Jennifer Robison
Echobind
T24

Automating E2E Integration Tests for Mobile with Detox (continued)

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:15pm

React Native provides a low barrier into mobile development across platforms for iOS and Android. However, things are a little toxic when it comes to writing fully automated end-to-end tests. Eliminate the bad stuff with Detox! Detox is an end-to-end testing framework for mobile apps. Many other frameworks require redundant coding with platform-specific languages—this means you could write a test to validate your login screen in Swift for iOS, then write the same test again in Java for Android. Detox allows you to write one set of tests that...