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Presentation: "Yanking business into testing - with lots of vegetables"

Track: Agile in Actuality: Stories from the Front Line / Time: Thursday 15:40 - 16:30 / Location: Whittle Room

Simply Business is the UK's largest online business insurance broker. Two years ago Simply Business started re-thinking their whole approach to testing and software quality, leading to many cultural shifts, mindsets that needed challenging and changing, and lots of tools named after vegetables. This session is an experience report about that journey. We'll talk about how the thinking around the role of tests and testing evolved, the problems the team faced and the decisions they took to overcome technical and cultural issues to pull business into testing. And of course the amazing results.

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Gojko Adzic, Strategic Software Delivery Consultant

Gojko Adzic

Biography: Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. He specialises in agile and lean quality improvement, in particular agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development. Gojko is the author of the Impact Mapping book. His previous book, Specification by Example, was awarded the #2 spot on the top 100 agile books for 2012 and won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK agile award for the best online publication in 2010.

Twitter: @gojkoadzic
Blog: gojko.net

Lukas Oberhuber, CTO at Simply Business

Lukas Oberhuber

Biography: Lukas Oberhuber

Lukas joined Simply Business as Chief Technology Officer in September 2010 with the aim of increasing flexibility and agility of the organisation through technology. Since joining he has implemented a number of new systems and processes including Agile and Build-Measure-Learn, transforming the speed and efficiency of new product development.

Prior to Simply Business, Lukas was CTO at Forward Internet Group, where he was responsible for the creation and management of Agile development teams during a period of huge company expansion. He has also held enterprise architecture and program management roles at business and technology consultancy, Sapient, as well as founding internet telecoms company, SipAlive.

Lukas is a graduate of Computer Science at Harvard University, holds dual French and US nationality and has worked in the US, Italy, Germany and the UK. When he's not building Agile teams Lukas enjoys creative writing and is a keen footballer. He is married with two daughters.

Twitter: @lukasco