• TLF

April 2019

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

April 24th, London

Jack Cole, Method Resourcing

Recruitment in the digital age

With LinkedIn recruiter becoming one of the UK’s most popular and powerful recruitment tools, it won't be long before the conventional CV becomes a thing of the past. Get an insight into how recruiters effectively use LinkedIn to attract talent and how to boost your LinkedIn profile to attract recruiters and perspective future employers.

Part 1

Lifting the hood and allowing insight into the different processes and methodologies taken by independent recruiters.

Understanding the importance of LinkedIn and how recruiter’s use it to attract talent.

How to sound proof your career in a digital era by remaining visible to recruiters, clients, employers and internal talent teams.

Part 2

How to prevent candidates losing interest through the recruitment lifecycle.

As hiring managers how do you ensure you are attracting the right candidates, diversifying the work place and retaining your top talent?

Format: Open room discussion, including interactive exercises and brain storming sessions.

Simon Hayhurst, Coleman Parkes

Capgemini 2018 World Quality Report

Global Findings: What do the UK Testing community think?

For a decade, Capgemini have been researching trends in quality assurance amongst the broader global IT community. Simon Hayhurst from B2B research agency Coleman Parkes (who conduct the underlying research) takes us through Capgemini’s global findings and ask the question “To what extent do these international results chime with your own experience?”

For 10 years Capgemini have been producing World Quality Report

• Latest edition – 72 pages

• 1700 interviews

• 32 countries

• 299 respondents in Western Europe, 125 in UK

• Respondents in public & private sector

• All respondents from businesses with 1,000+ employees (though 40% had 10,000+ employees)

• 20% of respondents were QA/Testing managers

• Intention of talk is to explain key global trends the report has identified

• Drive debate around comparing broader findings with what ALF members’ UK experiences are – spark debate around specific trends in UK


• Security


• Improve software quality

• Improve responsiveness to business demands

• Cost optimisation

• Cloud transformation

With regards to QA/testing, specific impacts of these developments are:


• Using AI in testing to develop self-generative / self-adapting / self-running testing

• New approaches needed to validate and verifiy AI solutions

AGILE – DEVOPS – TCOEs (Testing Centres of Excellence)

• Challenge of “Quality at Speed”

• Fragmentation of QA & Testing departments


• Low level of adoption of automation in testing regimes


• 31% tests in permanent environments

• 58% rely on manually generated test data


• Lower costs where automation / outsourcing utilised

• Higher costs where agile / devops / analytics (even automation needs test infrastructure investment)


Nick Powell

How to unlock your hidden energy and operate at Peak Performance

We live in unprecedented times, in a world where our energy, time and attention are under constant demand. We are all struggling to find the right balance between work, spending quality time with their family, staying healthy, socialising with friends and contributing to our community.

We are bombarded with productivity tips and tricks that don't make a step change difference in our performance and we've forgotten that energy management trumps time management every time. The health advice provided by 'the experts' is heavily influenced by big industry, much of which is making us weaker and depleting our energy. The truth is, most people think that they are highly energised but how they feel is their new norm and they no longer know what 'good' feels like.

This workshop will show you how to massively increase your energy levels through hacking your own biology, by putting yourself first and focusing on your physical, emotional and mental health. The tools and techniques that I will share are practical and you'll be able to implement them immediately. However, I’m going to break conventional wisdom, so you’ll need to come with an open mind, be prepared to experiment and discover what is going to work for you. Some of the topics I will cover are:

Developing a morning routine to set yourself up for success every day

How to never again have a hangover by taking two simple supplements

Avoiding the mid-afternoon energy slump

Supplements and smart drugs that provide amazing energy and focus

The secret to a great night’s sleep

How to tame your monkey mind

How to be productive and avoid distraction

Technology to increase your performance

How to find the food that increases/depletes your energy

Jen & Phil Wheeler - Testing Professionals

Successful Interviews

In this session we will cover the following topics

- Creating successful interviews as a candidate

- Conducting successful interviews as an interviewer

- Behaviors and body language – creating a positive impression


Really practical ways to ensure attending and conducting interviews is as successful as possible, this includes

• How to plan and prepare effectively

• Building self-awareness

• Tips on building rapport

• Honing communication skills across all channels (visual, vocal and verbal) – types of body language

• If attendees would like ongoing support, we can offer help and/or coaching

You can greatly influence the impression you give others. Winging it at interview is like playing Russian Roulette. Self-awareness and great planning are key. Developing effective communication skills across all channels is very worthwhile

Techniques used

- Group discussion

- White boarding

- Reviewing case studies

- Role playing

- Fun quiz

Information on subjects we will introduce;

- Planning and preparing (Researching: company, job role, culture, industry, interviewer, Planning: listing potential questions, practicing answers, plotting the trip (having a plan B)

- Vision – creating and practicing a winning state, envisioning a positive meeting and outcome, practicing out loud,

- Building rapport – verbal and non-verbal communication, physical positioning, being open, listening, establishing points in common and being aware of personal bias, setting the scene, agenda and expectations

- Igniting interest – being present and alert, animated and enthusiastic whilst taking in consideration the communication style of the interviewer, adding extra value

- Active listening – communicate your understanding of questions in a reassuring manner, paying attention

- Answering the question – be informative and energetic but on topic

- Asking questions which give the maximum insight – Open, closed, evidence, hypothetical, probing, blockbusting, framing, challenging, reflective. Taking notes.

- Online video interviewing – considerations – movement, attention, eye contact

- Being aware of your bias

- Speaking the right language – be aware of who you are communicating with and the extent of their understanding in certain areas – acronyms, jargon, tech terms etc..

- Being authentic – it's got to be real for you both

- Communication channels - 55% expressions and actions (visual), 38% how we say it (vocal), 7% what we say (Verbal)

- The control balance – getting what you need out of the meeting – right level of chit chat

- Being balanced in assessing across all areas

- Keeping it legal – avoid - gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, family background, health, age, religion

- Body language - posture and gestures, eye contact, orientation, proximity, looks/appearance, expressions of emotion.

Daniel Dorval, Test Manager, KPMG

Testing population readiness (The system is ready but are you?)

We know the models for system testing but how do we test the readiness of the recipients?

• Are current communication channels enough to deal with the coming change?

• Phased approach versus big bang – which is best?

• How do we test roll back or changes after we flick the switch without hitting the panic button?

• Does the statement ready for go live mean the same to everybody?

Stevan Zivanovic - Independent

Lessons Learnt in Implementing DevOps

This will be an open forum session looking at DevOps implementation approaches, particularly focusing on the skills, capabilities, “patterns” and culture needed to achieve change. I will initiate the discussion based on my experience of implementing DevOps in an established Insurance company, just around the corner from the ALF venue.

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