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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Five Critical Elements for Successful Agile Data Management

In the past few years we’ve used cloud technologies to improve pre-production flexibility and solve many problems that previously prevented us from delivering high quality apps to production. However, one problem consistently prevents full test coverage prior to deployment—the lack of comprehensive test data. As we try to get faster and leaner in our agile development processes, the problem with data becomes even more difficult to solve. Robert Kelman describes the evolution of DIRECTV’s (now AT&T) Agile Test Data Management program. He explains the five critical elements—centralized team, automation tools and processes, aggressive environment refresh, test data organization, and innovation through experimentation—of their data management program, which supports both development and testing efforts. Robert examines the details and examples of these five components, and demonstrates the relationships between them.

Robert Kelman

Robert Kelman is director of tools and architecture for DIRECTV (now part of the AT&T family) software quality engineering organization. With twenty years of experience delivering enterprise software, Robb has developed a passion for continuous improvement and innovation to drive quality. For the past ten years he has lead a team of solution engineers who develop and manage tools that increase flexibility and automation to ensure all enterprise applications are deployed with the highest level of quality. Robb has a Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Follow him on Twitter @rkelman.