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Keynote Speakers & Workshops

Alan Richardson

Keynote 1:

Real World Automating To Support Testing:
Very often we talk about “Test Automation” when we should be talking about how we automate to support our test strategy and testing process. We can support our strategy and process by tactically automating tasks or by adopting a more strategic approach to our automated execution.
In this talk we will explore the difference between automating tactically and strategically so you don’t get fooled by tactics that look like strategy. We will also cover concepts that help you create robust and easy to maintain automated solutions, and the techniques to implement those concepts, to support your all testing: regression, functional, performance, end to end, and exploratory.

Workshop 1:

Technical Web Testing and Automating From the Web Developer Tools:

In this hands on workshop we will learn to use the Web Developer Tools and JavaScript Console to support our Technical Web Testing.Through a combination of demonstrations, hands on exercises, and challenges we will interact with, test and automate simple web applications, all from the browser – no other tools need to be installed.

  • Most of the web applications we will use are simple games so we will have fun during this workshop
  • And to justify this to your boss, we will also use real JavaScript applications, written in frameworks such as React and Angular, and learn to test and manipulate them from the browser console

In this short workshop you will add a powerful, and incredibly underused, set of tools and capabilities to your testing skill set.
Key Takeaways:

  • Some Basic HTML and JavaScript
  • How to use the browser dev tools to view source and debug JavaScript
  • How to use the developer console to write simple JavaScript
  • How to interact with Browser applications from the console to create, amend, read and delete data
  • How to work with browser applications below the GUI while staying in the browser
  • Just enough HTML and JavaScript to be dangerous

Requirements to take part:

  • You WILL need a laptop
  • you WILL need an up to date browser installed e.g. MS Edge, Firefox, Chrome (P.S. I’ll be using Chrome).

Ray Arell

Keynote 2:

Leading Innovation:
Innovation programs within companies have fallen trap to a chronic misuse of the word innovation, to the point that most programs are shoehorned into traditional project management frameworks that focus more on the word than addressing the needs of the inventor.
In this keynote, we’ll explore the key amplifiers of innovation in your company and talk about how you, the innovation leader, can bring together the right mix of vision, people, environments, and resources to overpower the resistance.

Workshop 2:

Leading Agile Transformations workshop:
Agile development has become mainstream in software development over the last decade and has recently spread beyond software to other domains. It is important for leaders and managers to understand how to build, develop, and lead Agile teams — not just for your company, but also for your own career. This workshop introduces leaders and managers to a cohesive set of methods,
practices, and principles to maximise business results from Agile and Lean development, while also cultivating a workplace where people thrive.
The workshop topics are highly dynamic and customizable. ~80% will be based on participant interests. These are a few of the topics participants can choose from:

  • Agile mindset
  • Shared leadership models
  • Building great teams
  • Work environment
  • Resources
  • Transformation vision
  • Creating common goals
  • Experiments
  • Value delivery
  • Dealing with global culture
  • Common Agile methods
  • Lean and much more.

Guest Speakers

Øyvind Woll

Øyvind Woll

What do you do when you must go back to “basics” in the test management book? 


Testers without test experience, combined with limited or missing requirements.

Been in that situation? You are not alone.

Is this as exceptional as it should be in 2017?

In this speech, you´ll get presented what was done when this situation was a fact.

How do we ensure sufficient quality,when our test basis is limited and our assigned test resources lack experience in testing?

I will talk about how we solved these challenges in a recent project where my role was the test manager. The Client had acquired a documentation system with several thousand end users.

The main ingredients are:

  • The process of documenting the work processes
  • The establishment of the test organization
  • The establishment of a tailored test framework
  • A realistic test strategy
  • Synergies between the test process and educating the end users
Marianne Pedersen

Marianne Pedersen

How we tested a complex register for Norway state management – Matrikkelen.


The cadastre, matrikkelen, is the official registry for real estate, buildings and addresses in Norway. Together with the National Registry, Det sentrale folkeregisteret, and the Entity Registry, enhetsregisteret, it constitutes the three basic registries for Norway’s state management. Kartverket is the cadastre authority in Norway.

Norway is divided into 19 first-level administrative counties, called fylker, and 426 second-level administrative municipalities, called kommuner. The government wants to reduce the number of municipalities and counties (Kommune- og regionsreformen). Last time Norway significantly reduced the number municipalities was in the 1960es. The difference between then and now is that the mergers of municipalities and counties will be done in a digital context. The cadastre is significantly affected by this reform. Real estates and addresses are uniquely defined inside each municipality. When municipalities merges then all real estates and addresses needs to be uniquely define inside the new municipality. Kartverket has developed a technical solution to handle the high number of data that will be altered in the cadastre due to the reforms. This solution makes it possible to manipulate the data in the cadastre to predict how the data will look like after the merges has happen. In this way third party users of the cadastre can get access to predicted cadastre data before the time of merges and prepare their systems for the large alterations in the dataset.

The technical solution that were developed in 2016 was designed to handle the largest thought of merge between two municipalities in Norway, Oslo and Bærum. Merging counties will generate far more alterations in the cadastre then merging Oslo and Bærum. The technical solution will be redesigned this year to handle the increased number of data alterations.

My presentation will focus on how Kartverket will test this technical solution and how to handle large amount of alterations in the dataset from one day to another.

Marianne has  20 years experience from software testing in private and public sector, both as tester and test manager

Torstein Skarra

Lessons learned on Testdata at NAV, Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration 


Millions of rows of production data in thousands of tables are continuously passing through NAVs test environment. The IT department has been working to protect “customer” data according to demands from Datatilsynet (The Norwegian Data Protection Authority) for many years, and some initiatives have faltered and failed in one way or another. Now GDPR is coming our way, and demands will be even tougher. This talk will explore a few of these initiatives, and the lessons we learned in the areas of technology, organization, contracts, competency and capacity.

Skarra is Head of Test section at NAV IT. He has more than 15 years of experience from the IT industry in various roles. At NAV he has been  heading the initatives on test automation, test data and test environments for a few years, and he is now working towards further strengthening of all major test functions.