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KEYNOTE: Demanding Technical Excellence and Professionalism

The vast majority of software developers have yet to learn the practices and disciplines
that constitute professional behavior. That’s because those practices have only just
recently been defined. The software industry is barely fifty years old. It has taken nearly
that long to figure out what software professionalism is. It is only in the last few years
that a set of generally accepted software practices have been defined. But now they are
here, and it’s time for management to demand that professional behavior. In this talk,
Robert C. Martin will describe these disciplines, and practices, and will discuss how to
raise the professionalism bar in your projects and teams.

UNCLE BOB, founder at Uncle Bob Consulting LLC.
Dev Track:
KEYNOTE: Demanding Technical Excellence and Professionalism

The vast majority of software developers have yet to learn the practices and disciplines
that constitute professional behavior. That’s because those practices have only just
recently been defined. The software industry is barely fifty years old. It has taken nearly
that long to figure out what software professionalism is. It is only in the last few years
that a set of generally accepted software practices have been defined. But now they are
here, and it’s time for management to demand that professional behavior. In this talk,
Robert C. Martin will describe these disciplines, and practices, and will discuss how to
raise the professionalism bar in your projects and teams.

UNCLE BOB, founder at Uncle Bob Consulting LLC.
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QA Track:
Living on the Edge with CI/CD
Dayana Dimitrova, DevOps Еngineer at SAP
Dev Track:
Executable Strategic Roadmaps for App Modernization

You’ve been working hard on digital transformation and understand the importance of cloud technologies to accelerate the journey. You may have even set a “Cloud First” policy for your new and modernised applications, along with big budget commitments for the public cloud. You have buy-in on your strategy from the leadership team and now it’s time to execute, but how? Where do you start? How do you ensure you are unlocking value for people outside of IT? And how do you go faster?

In this talk, we will cover the frameworks, techniques, and tools that can take your current modernisation strategy and turn it into an executable Strategic Modernisation Roadmap.

Alex will discuss everything from how to conduct outcome-orientated modernisation analysis and decision-making, to the funding models and governance structures that remove common sticking points when moving from theory into practice. Finally, we cover how to use outcome-based roadmaps to bring it all together and measure success.

Alex Ley, Director at VMware
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Reducing the Scope of Load Tests with Machine Learning

Load testing execution produces a huge amount of data. Investigation and analysis are time-consuming, and numbers tend to hide important information about issues and trends. using machine learning is a good way to solve data issues by giving meaningful insights about what happened during test execution. Julio Cesar de Lima Costa will show you how to use K-means clustering, a machine learning algorithm, to reduce almost 300,000 records to fewer than 1,000 and still get good insights into load testing results. He will explain K-means clustering, detail what use cases and applications this method can be used in, and give the steps to help you reproduce a K-means clustering experiment in your own projects. You’ll learn how to use this machine learning algorithm to reduce the scope of your load testing and getting meaningful analysis from your data faster.

Júlio de Lima , Principal QA Engineer at Capco, MSc.
Dev Track:
Corp Dev in Tech Industry

What drives the astronomical Tech deal valuations? How are companies deciding on acquisition (M&A) targets? What is Corporate Development and why is it paramount in the Tech industry? This presentation will touch on these topics and more through the lens of a Corporate Development leader in one of the most acquisitive Silicon Valley newcomers. This corporate function is responsible for executing the company’s strategy through acquisitions and strategic partnerships, a lever in outperforming the competition in a quickly evolving growth business landscape.

Stani Grozdeva, Head of M&A Integration at Invitae
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QA Track:
David vs Goliath (Cypress vs Selenium)

Selenium has been on the scene for a long time. In recent years we have a new contender who is aiming for the throne, Cypress. Will Selenium hold off the pressure and firm his position or is the new kid on the block taking over?
In this short session we will do a deep dive into the comparison of both and decide who is the winner (will we though?).

Filip Gudjevski, QE Technology Team Lead at Scalefocus
Dev Track:
LocalStack without LocalStack - BigData pipelines on your laptop

The benefits of testing cloud based BigData pipelines locally are many and obvious and therefore the idea behind it is not something new. Thus tools such as the AWS specific LocalStack and similar solutions for other cloud providers have appeared – closing the gap between the cloud infrastructure and your local machine. In this session we will outline a generic and cloud agnostic approach of emulating BigData processing engines with readily available and free technologies. We will go through some of the challenges of combining those into a CI/CD being able to test the correctness of your pipeline at build time. Our end goal will be to encourage you to try it and see the benefits for the stability and quality of the applications being built especially in a you-build-it-you-own-it mentality in which most of us live in today.

Kaloyan Zdravkov, Member of Technical Staff at VMware
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QA Track:
Testing distributed systems

Verifying the correctness of any large system is a non-trivial exercise. Now break that system into individually deployable, interdependent pieces, and try to test all that the usual way.. It is not pleasant and it hardly works.

This talk will cover classical testing, its typical failure modes and in particular its weaknesses when applied to distributed systems. It will then focus on approaching system verification via a multitude of alternative monitoring-based tools, collectively known as testing in production, together with their pros and cons

Alexander Kolev, Director of Engineering at Halo Dx
Dev Track:
Adopting DevOps Practices to Achieve Security and Compliance

When you have a rich portfolio of projects, some of them might be in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, insurance, and fintech. You might wonder what techniques to implement to meet the code quality, security, and compliance requirements. Or how automation in every step of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) could help you achieve consistent, reliable, repeatable, and secure code delivery that enables businesses to release, validate, and innovate faster.

Join Daniel Rankov, Cloud & DevOps Manager at MentorMate, to understand firsthand the organizational and technological challenges of adopting DevOps practices in a service company, and how you could make most of them in yours.

Daniel Rankov, Cloud & DevOps Manager at MentorMate
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QA Track:
Testing a data science model

I would like to share my knowledge about testing a model in a data science team. I appreciate this is a new area for testers to be in, but it has been a great experience to learn from.

Giveaways:
I’d like to share how I explored the world of data science as a tester when testing a model and how we can apply that if we find ourselves in this situation. As part of an emerging team, how I contributed value in a field I have never tested.

I have heard from other senior testers that they know of data science teams but no testers testing the models, how do we have enough confidence what is produced is good enough? A model is a statistical black box, how to test it so we understand its behaviours to test is properly. Main aim would be to help inspire testers to explore data science models.

I’d like to invite you to my talk where, we will go through my journey of discovering data science model testing and find the following takeaways useful not just for testing a data science model but day to day testing too.

Laveena Ramchandani, Senior Consultant at Deloitte UK
Dev Track:
Internet of Things in Healthcare and Well-being

This talk will be focused on the possible usage of Internet of Things devices in the sphere of healthcare. Examined are the possible applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in the monitoring of the health status and well-being of individuals. The various parameters that can be tracked are explained, the systematic analysis of which can help to improve the health and the quality of life of people. Different types of devices are considered which can be used for monitoring. A smart-garment called Hexoskin will be demonstrated which is also used by NASA. Demo of usage of IoT devices in the sphere of sports medicine will be shown as well.

Ivo Rusev, Engineering Team Lead at Musala Soft
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QA Track:
Escaping microservice integration hell with specification-based contracts

Moving from monolith to microservice architecture enables fast, independent, and scalable deployments. It allows teams to push changes to production in minutes, instead of weeks or months. But what about the testing challenges? Are your “good old” end-to-end automation suites still reliable and efficient, or just slowing the team down? How do you scale the popular “shift-left” solutions across many teams with different stacks, approaches and maturity? This topic will walk you through a journey of trial and error in finding effective ways for testing microservices, and focus on alternative approaches for handling the often painful integration aspects of it.

Panayot Solakov, Quality Assurance Manager at Experian
Dev Track:
Quantum computing: Status, applications for Finance and Experian

Join this session to find out what a quantum computer is ( and what is not !), myths vs reality and why Experian Datalabs is watching closely the development of this exciting technology and how it could impact our industry. Contrary to popular belief, a quantum computing is not a faster classical computer. In fact, for many operations it is considerable slower. However, for some special type of problems that involve exponential scaling which are very challenging for classical computers, quantum computers are uniquely suited to solve them. You will also learn what Time crystals are and how they could be applied to quantum computers.

Javier Campos, at Experian
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ISTA is an international premium forum focused on the latest trends in software development, quality and architecture practices. Our mission is to inspire and develop IT community bringing together popular speakers with IT professionals eager to learn. The first ISTA conference was held in 2010 and since then every year inspiring keynotes and people with passion for development, quality, automation and innovation have the opportunity to see great content and connect with peers from Bulgaria, the SEE region and beyond.

 

Organized by leading IT companies in Bulgaria – Experian, Infragistics, Musala Soft, SAP & VMware – ISTA combines the ability of the five organizations to create INNOVATION, to SHARE KNOWLEDGE and to bring together people, who CHANGE THE WORLD.

 

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