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Expert speakers from leading retailing brands describe the return they are delivering from investment in software quality assurance.
Our 3rd edition of the QA E-commerce Forum is back on December 4th, 2019. Now more than ever, software quality assurance and robust apps are critical to winning market share. It’s not just about more software, faster. It’s about better software. This unique conference is focused on the key drivers of QA, including the latest technologies for continuous testing and delivery.
You can watch the QA E-commerce Forum 2018 highlights video here
Having spent 10 years as Head of Testing for Vitality Health, moving the team from a waterfall to agile approach across in house and digital systems, I have now moved to manage all our non-production environments for the last year. We are moving forwards at pace with legacy in house data centres, cloud and now containerised infrastructure. I am putting structure and controls around our existing environments and also embedding these new approaches. I am passionate about ensuring that we are able to create quality deliveries at pace which support our products in being Market leading whilst also facilitating the ecosystem to allow our QAs to excel.
Robin Allport is Application Architect for the Marketing IT team at Compare The Market. With over 20 years in the industry, Robin has become a specialist in performance and optimisation of high traffic, consumer websites.
Pooja has been a Quality champion for over 15 years across Retail, Manufacturing and Media domains. As Head of QA at RiverIsland for the past few years, she has instilled a quality-first engineering culture and established a continuous testing practice that combines shift-left and shift-right strategies. She is very passionate about developing people, Agile, DevOps and Outcome-driven culture.
Vetrivel has worked largely in data platforms in varied domains like Telecom, Banking, Insurance and ERP. His key focus areas include transforming the IT estate, digitalisation, automation and machine learning. He focuses on containerisation which empowers actionable insights, predictive and prescriptive analytics to solve complex business problems.
Bogdan leads the implementation of conversational chatbots at DAZN. Prior to DAZN, Bogdan has built enterprise platforms and managed automation projects delivering superior customer experiences at Apple and M&S. He started his career 30 years ago in industrial robotics for strategic industries and later moved into contact centre technologies and machine learning.
Mark Bradley is a Principal Software Engineer from London, currently working for Sainsbury’s. Working in the industry for over 10 years Mark has developed a passion for supporting and mentoring his peers and has more recently been working with the apprentice programme at Sainsbury’s alongside his day job. A keen protagonist of Test Driven Development, he launched his own screen cast, ‘Testing All the Things’ in the Spring, to teach the wider community how to practice Test Driven Development and Automated Testing.
Kiran is a Quality Assurance specialist with around 17 years experience testing applications in multiple domains like Retail, Banking, Insurance. She has worked in a range of companies from startups to well established organisations with varied needs for manual and automated testing. Over the past decade, she has moved on from traditional waterfall models to agile methodologies using SCRUM and is passionate about working with technical as well as non-technical team members. During the past few years, Kiran has contributed mostly towards native app test automation for iOS and Android mobile apps. Her current focus is on shift left testing strategies and the quality processes that empower the teams to achieve continuous delivery through continuous development, integration and testing.
Marek Marciniak is a Senior Software Engineer with 20 years of experience specialising in object-oriented design and agile software development at Expedia Group which is the leading travel platform helping customers to plan and arrange their trips and holidays. Before joining Expedia, Marek participated in building software systems and delivering high profile projects for Sainsbury Argos, Barclays, Santander, CACI, Fujitsu Simens, and UKBA. Marek is passionate about writing clean code, applying test-driven development and using domain-driven design. Marek is a member of several communities grouping enthusiastic software developers including LJC - London Java Community, London Software Craftsmanship Community, Domain-Driven Design London
A seasoned Testing professional who has worked across a variety of sectors that include the Financial, Retail and Tech arena. He is currently a Solution Architect at Tricentis, an industry leader in Continuous Testing. Using his deep understanding of IT environments, processes and key industry trends he has helped a number of his clients successfully implement and integrate Test Automation solutions using the latest cutting edge technology
Roman currently works as the Head of Engineering at Appear Here, a London based company that revolutionizes physical stores by helping anyone find a shop for their idea. Where he runs a cross functional engineering team. Previously, he worked as a Product Manager at Microsoft, focusing on bringing new revenue streams to Skype. He studied Computer Science in the Czech Republic, is an avid book reader, likes running and enjoys a beer whenever possible.
I am a creative UX/UI designer located in London. What defines me we a product designer if the deep compassion I have for users, as well as my ability to work effectively across numerous disciplines. When facing design challenges, I don’t just create solutions on my own; I seek an understanding from users and subject matter experts. Since my formal education is in information systems and computer science, I can talk with developers in their language in terms of feasibility and coding. Art is always in the centre of my life; with the aim of simplicity and aesthetics, I care greatly for users and am fuelled by a passion for solving challenging problems through detail-oriented great user experiences.
Since 2014 Louis has worked at Google focusing on helping brands grow through mobile. Currently he leads a team of developers, UX researchers, and product managers who help UK businesses make the most of emerging mobile technology on App, Web, and Google Assistant. Prior to Google he completed an MBA in Barcelona and Shanghai and worked at Unilever in both IT consulting and marketing. His experiences range from replatforming ERP systems to launching new products, apps, and websites. He has worked in China, the US, Spain and Germany and now resides in London.
Desi and his team leads and evloves the design and experience for Debenhams.com. Using a mentoring, coaching and culture-add approach he helps set the design strategy, advance the design language and evalenglise UX methodologies, whilst embedding them as best practice in an organisation that is serious about digital transformation.
I am an ambitious multi-skilled Testing Expert working for 'The Economist'. As 'Head of QA', my team (family) encompasses 19 members in the UK, Slovakia, Belarus, and India. My passion is all things QA, pushing innovative ideas, shifting testing left and caring about quality processes throughout the whole development process. Our culture is one of happiness and we are the independent voice for quality!
Maryann Lockley is the Head of Quality Assurance at Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd, home of The National Lottery and Euromillions. During her 20+ years in Quality Assurance she has worked for FIS, IG Group and British Airways. In her spare time she enjoys going for walks, listening to music and dancing.
Ted Charalambides is Head of Ecommerce at Pact Coffee and oversees the D2C operations of the company. Ted joined Pact Coffee in August 2018, coming in to lead the marketing, customer service and creative teams. With experiences gained from Head of Ecommerce roles at both Lily’s Kitchen and splashdirect.com, Ted has grown the Pact Coffee D2C team and led a major replatforming and rebranding project. All of this has required a wide, developed a set of skills relating to digital marketing, ecommerce strategy and web development.
Matthew Crabbe, CEO and Founder – QA Media
Speaker: Roseanne Field, Head of Testing & Environments - Vitality Health
Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) is now possible but not necessarily easy. Our keynote speaker, Roseanne Field, from leading insurer Vitality Health, will discuss her firm's journey from manual to automated testing, incluing the challenges that had to be overcome to increase speed to market. Roseanne will discuss how Vitality is planning to differentiate itself technologically from its peers with a focus on embedding containerization for microservices in the CI/CD process.
Speaker: Robin Allport, Application Architect - Comparethemarket
With three million active monthly users, Comparethemarket is one of the leading UK price comparison sites. Robin will describe how his team connects its testing toolbox to performance dashboards used by different engineering departments, and how that information is used to tune performance by Comparethemarket to improve end-user performance. The next step is how to tie those performance metrics to financial metrics to derive detailed costs and benefits occurring to changes in the CI process, including how to minimise the cost of any lost business incurred during website improvements.
Our panellists will disucss the building blocks of continuous testing: from test creation to test analytics, in particular the key challenge of test environment management. We will cover the data requirements of the latest automation technologies, including artifical intelligence, and the impact of GDPR requirements on test data management, in particular the growing use of virtualization and synthetic data technologies. And, critically, how does the DevOps and engineering team help prepare the business case for the up-front investment required for these technologies?
Moderator: Matthew Crabbe, CEO - QA Media
Vetrivel Dev, Software Engineering Manager - Big Data & ML - BT
Pooja Baburajan, Head of QA - River Island
Bogdan Grigorescu, AI Implementation Manager - DAZN
How can firms adapt their test teams to support new SDLC methodologies for the DevOps and Agile world, such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Driven Development (ADD), and Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)? This panel will discuss how tooling and test management can most effectively be embedded in the SDLC, and what technologies will be driving the evolution of next-generation automated testing.
Moderator: Kashif Husain, Solutions Architect - Tricentis
Mark Bradley, Principal Software Engineer - Sainsbury's
Kiranmayee Pendem, Senior Mobile QA Automation Engineer - Trainline
Marek Marciniak, Senior Software Engineer - Expedia Group - Hotels.com
Speaker: Roman Mazur, Head of Engineering - Appear Here
"I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business,” said Dave Girouard, the former president of Google’s enterprise business. "All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win". In this presentation Roman Mazur will discuss how Appear Here, the pop-up space rental specialist consistently applies a high level of quality while running at full speed. Roman will demonstrate how new technologies, process and communication have helped Appear Here's software work more efficiently, and engineered a competitive edge.
Good UX is increasingly the competitive edge in E-commerce - a better app experience means more market share. But what do customers really want, how do we test, and are we delivering it? This panel session will address how firms are integrating and optimising tools for omni-channel marketing, inclduing the options for cross browser testing to ensure a seamless experience. The panel will also cover performance and load testing, as well as how customer's expectations for UX are shaping challenges for the future.
Moderator: Louis Powell, Head of Digital Experiences & UK Apps - Google
Alp Turgut, Senior Digital Product Designer - Toptal (Formerly from Nike)
Desi Reuben-Sealey, Senior UX/UI Manager - Debenhams
Robin Allport, Application Architect - Comparethemarket
Speaker: Shane Hill, Research Director - QA Media
E-commerce firms typically contract a range of external technology service providers to support their software quality assurance, from consultants and systems integrators to process managers and specialist automation providers. But how can they ensure that they are obtaining value for what they spend? Based on our original research and methodology, this session will explore the QA Vector approach to measuring vendor impact. This session could be the start of a major change in your procurement process!
Speaker: Dileep Marway, Head of QA - The Economist
The Economist is a world-famous media brand that has created a QA Community of Practice which places IT culture and behaviour at the heart of its software engineering. Dileep will outline how, by incorporating engineering into its QA practice, his team has been able to shift testing left and create what he describes as 'true QA Engineers'.
Speaker: Maryann Lockley, Head of QA - Camelot
Camelot is one of the world's largest lottery and games platforms and so its website transaction and traffic volumes are also high. This year Maryann lead her engineering team through a complete website re-design and she will disucss in this session how she chose the right tools and processes for QA and testing, including the right balance of automated and manual testing. Touching also on accessibility, load and performance testing, Maryann will take us through the ups and downs of creating a high performing website, designed for optimum UX, in a tightly regulated marketplace.
Speaker: Joel Peddie, Senior Software Engineer - Waitrose
Speaker: Louis Powell, Head of Digital Experiences & UK Apps - Google
The modern consumer is demanding, curious and impatient. This is driven by the ubiquity of new assistive technologies. Alexa and of course Google Assistant. Hear what Google is doing to meet this need, how it impacts what you build and how you test it. This interactive session will push you to think deeply about how consumers are interacting online, with your business, and what they expect from an interactive digital experience.
Roseanne Field discussed her firm's journey from manual to automated testing, including the challenges that had to be overcome to increase speed to market.
Robin described how his team connects its testing toolbox to performance dashboards used by different engineering departments, and how that information is used to tune performance to improve end-user performance
Based on our original research and methodology, this session will explore the QA Vector approach to measuring vendor impact.
Dileep will outline how, by incorporating engineering into its QA practice, his team has been able to shift testing left and create what he describes as 'true QA Engineers'.
Maryann will take us through the ups and downs of creating a high performing website, designed for optimum UX, in a tightly regulated marketplace.
The modern consumer is demanding, curious and impatient. This is driven by the ubiquity of new assistive technologies. Alexa and of course Google Assistant.
Roman Mazur discusses how Appear Here, the pop-up space rental specialist, consistently applies a high level of quality whilst running at full speed