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Coventry Ministry of Testing Meetup - Being the Glue: The Role of DevOps in Testing
18:00 - 20:30 BST
Location: Sainsbury's Tech

Location address:
Sainsbury's Store Support Centre,
Draken Drive,
Ansty Park,

Free parking is available at the venue.
(follow signs for 'Visitor Car Park' which is in front of the main building)

Please note: this location is not the one we used at Walsgrave - this is only a few minutes away on the other side of the M6 Island.



About our speakers: Beth Clarke - Quality and DevOps Specialist
★ 2023 Everywoman in Tech Rising Star Winner
★ 2021 Computer Weekly's Women in Tech Rising Star Winner
★ Deputy Marketing and Communications Secretary - SIGiST (Special Interest Group in Software Testing)


About the talk:
In the fast-paced realm of software development, the shift from ‘doing’ to ‘being’ is reshaping testers’ roles. In this talk, Beth Clarke will discuss how DevOps practices can empower testers to play a pivotal role in ensuring product quality across the entire software development lifecycle and within the broader business ecosystem.

Beth will explore how DevOps can elevate the game in test monitoring and reporting: discussing effective strategies for communicating test activities to diverse audiences, and explaining how DevOps values such as collaboration and user focus can also help testers act as the bridge between technical and non-technical stakeholders to help teams work together towards their goals in more efficient ways. The talk also sheds light on the critical roles of documentation, code reviews, and tooling within the DevOps framework, emphasising their contributions to maintaining transparency and fostering seamless collaboration between test and development teams. She will also discuss the use of metrics in DevOps, balancing their potential for improvement against the risk of misapplication.

Beyond the tech, this talk will highlight the transformative impact DevOps can have on organisational culture. When managed correctly, DevOps and testing can help foster a culture of openness and quality within teams. Beth shares insights on how testers can use DevOps practices to contribute to collaborative environments, breaking down silos, and instilling a mindset of continuous improvement. Understanding the cultural shift induced by DevOps is pivotal—it goes beyond processes and tools, fundamentally reshaping how teams collaborate to deliver high-quality software.

In the heart of “Being the Glue,” Beth invites testers to consider the multifaceted nature of their roles and how DevOps plays a part. It’s not just a position—it’s a mindset, a commitment to collaboration, and an embrace of continuous improvement. As organisations navigate the ever-evolving software development landscape, these insights become a compass, guiding testers not just in ‘doing’ DevOps or testing, but truly ‘being’ the glue that binds development and testing together, forging a path toward excellence.


  • Understand what DevOps is and how it empowers testers
  • Enhance test monitoring and reporting with DevOps techniques
  • Transform your team’s culture towards quality and collaboration


About our sponsors: Xpertise Recruitment
The food and drink for the attendees will be kindly provided by our fabulous sponsor Richard Bailey from Xpertise Recruitment


This meetup will be a collaborative event alongside another group we host: "Crafty Coders"

Please arrive at 6:00 pm so that we can get you signed in with our Security Front Desk, and then escorted to our new Auditorium, where you can grab a tea or coffee, get settled and chat with everyone arriving.

After the talk, there is the opportunity for all attendees to take part in 99 Second Talks, where they can use the time to trial a presentation they plan to give, ask for help from the community, share something they are passionate about, virtually anything they can think of.

Finally, there will be complimentary food/drinks (provided by our fabulous sponsor Xpertise Recruitment) and networking until roughly 8:30 pm (but you don't have to stay that late if you don't want to).

18:00 - 18:30 Guest arrival and networking
18:30 - 18:35 Intro & Welcome
18:35 - 19:10 Talk: Being the glue: the role of DevOps in Testing
19:10 - 19:25 Q&A followed by 99-second talks
19:25 - 19:30 Thank You's and meeting wrapup
19:30 - 20:30 Networking, drinks & pizza


Hosted by: Sainsbury's Tech