Dave Farley

Founder and Director of Continuous Delivery Ltd.

Talk

Acceptance Testing for Continuous Delivery
Thursday 14:05 - 14:50
Topics:
Continuous Delivery
Test Automation
Test Strategy
Level:
Intermediate

Writing and maintaining a suite of acceptance tests that can give you a high level of confidence in the behaviour and configuration of your system is a complex task. In this talk, Dave describse approaches to acceptance testing that allow teams to: work quickly and effectively; build excellent functional coverage for complex enterprise-scale systems; manage and maintain those tests in the face of change, and of evolution in both the codebase and the understanding of the business problem.

This talk answers the following questions, and more: How do you fail fast? How do you make your testing scalable? How do you isolate test cases from one-another? How do you maintain a working body of tests when you radically change the interface to your system?

Workshop

The Foundations of Continuous Delivery
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Topics:
Continuous Delivery
DevOps
Agile
Automation
Testing
Development Process
Extreme Programming
TDD
BDD
Level:
Intermediate

Continuous Delivery is widely regarded as “State of the Art” in software development process. This course explains why that is and the fundamental drivers that make this approach to software development so effective.

Continuous Delivery is a complex, holistic approach to software development and has a significant impact on the way in which organisations operate. This approach demands a broad range of skills and techniques.

This course is designed to introduce, and explore a deeper understanding of, these ideas and techniques. It is primarily aimed at “Change Agents” within organisations, Leaders, Lead Developers, Lead Architects and so on.

More specifically this course will give you the tools to help your company become a 'Learning Organisation'. Increase efficiency and quality, and reduce risk in your software development process.

We do this by teaching an approach that will allow your company to become more experimental and capable of reacting quickly and efficiently to change and allowing your software development process to become a tool that enables this flexibility rather than an impediment to it.

This one day version of the the course focuses on the fundamentals of Continuous Delivery.

You will learn:

  • Why CD is taking the software development industry by storm.
  • Why it works.
  • The Fundamental Importance of Cycle-Time and experimentation.
  • Anatomy of a Deployment Pipeline.
  • Working iteratively and maintaining flow.

About

Dave Farley is a thought-leader in the field of Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Software Development in general. He is co-author of the Jolt-award winning book 'Continuous Delivery' a regular conference speaker and blogger and one of the authors of the Reactive Manifesto.

Dave has been having fun with computers for over 30 years has worked on most types of software, from firmware, through tinkering with operating systems and device drivers, to writing games, and commercial applications of all shapes and sizes. He started working in large scale distributed systems about 25 years ago, doing research into the development of loose-coupled, message-based systems - a forerunner of MicroService architectures.

Dave has a wide range of experience leading the development of complex software in teams, both large and small, in the UK and USA. Dave was an early adopter of agile development techniques, employing iterative development, continuous integration and significant levels of automated testing on commercial projects from the early 1990s.

Dave is the former Head of Software development at LMAX Ltd, home of the OSS Disruptor, a company that are well known for the excellence of their code and the exemplary nature of their development process.

Dave is now an independent software developer and consultant, and founder and director of Continuous Delivery Ltd.

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