TestWest is delighted to host two fantastic Keynote speakers at this years conference!


Katrina Clokie leads a team of around 100 testers as a Test Practice Manager in Wellington, New Zealand. Katrina is an active contributor to the international testing community as the author of A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps, an international keynote speaker, a co-founder of the WeTest New Zealand testing community, the founder of Testing Trapeze magazine, frequent blogger and tweeter (@katrina_tester). Her complete professional profile is available on LinkedIn.

A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps
DevOps encourages the development and operations team to work together. This broadens the network of people who collaborate to deliver a product, which creates opportunities for the boundaries of testing to expand and nature of testing to evolve.

Testing pushes right, towards production, once the development team understand the skills, practices and tools available in operations. Examples include on-demand infrastructure that enables testing in a production-like environment, feedback from A/B test experiments provided by customer metrics, or beta testing groups that offer rapid customer feedback.

DevOps increases the pace of delivery, which can challenge the strategy for testing new functionality. How can the development team investigate new functionality without unduly impeding release? The test approach adapts to include smart use of tools in test automation, monitoring and alerting, and rapid automated deploy and rollback.

Want to know more?
In this keynote Katrina will share a few thoughts from her book, A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps. She’ll introduce DevOps, share some common DevOps practices for testing during development, in production, and against infrastructure, then explain how and why DevOps might alter test strategy.


Emma Donnelly will also be gracing TestWest this year as our other Keynote Speaker.

Emma is an award-winning science communicator, media personality, author, science writer and speaker. She currently consults for Comm-it Communication Solutions with Science.

Starting her life as the daughter of two science teachers was always going to end with Emma working in Science Communication. She just didn’t know it at the time. With 18 years of communication and education experience under her belt, she’s driven by curiosity and connection.

Emma has worked for not-for profit’s like Scitech, run national programs for CSIRO Education, launched the largest digital Planetarium in the southern hemisphere, taught people to fish sustainably and worked at several universities, most recently at Curtin University as Science Outreach Manager.

Her communication programs have been selected as finalists and won several awards including the WA Premier’s Science Award, Business Higher Education Round Table Awards (BHERT), iAwards and a Eureka Prize.

She’s a seasoned professional and is passionate about sharing effective communication skills to engage and interact with key audiences.

In her spare time Emma is building a business around science and food called Culinary Science. This side-project, focuses on science communication around food, cooking and neurogastronomy. This came about after representing Western Australia as a contestant on My Kitchen Rules, she’s since self-published a mini-cookbook Eat, Drink, Think – recipes for the evidenced based cook and is now writing her second book with CSIRO.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmadonnelly1/
Twitter: @em_sci
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/culinaryscience 

Web: www.comm-it.com.au & www.culinaryscience.com.au