Meetup @FT: Testing Security as Part of Continuous Delivery

At the end of May the FT was excited to host the London Continuous Delivery meetup with the topic ‘Testing Security as Part of CD (Continuous Delivery)’. The focus was on trying to build security into software from the start.

There were two excellent presentations. One from Phil Parker, a partner at Equal Experts, and another from Ian T Price who is an independent consultant. Both presentations and a link to the meetup can be found at the end of this post.

Here are some of the most interesting takeaways from the two presentations.

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Engine Room Live internal conference 2016

We did it again – and this time it was even better!

Pretty much immediately after our inaugural Engine Room Live event last year, it was decided that we needed to run another one this year. People loved it! And who were we to deny the people?

So, plans for our second one began. What was it that had made people love it so much? We needed to make sure we knew what that was, so that we could make it even better.

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Organising the Engine Room Conference

The FT Technology department just held an internal conference, with a panel-based format similar to/entirely copied from EdgeConf.

The whole thing was arranged in less than a month and, apart from some VC hiccups, ran remarkably smoothly with some good feedback from the 100+ attendees.

So what made this work, both in getting it organised and in the event itself? The organising group sat down and tried to work it out.

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A Product Manager’s visit to the Engine Room

My notes from the FT Engine Room tech conference, 2nd Feb 2015, from a Product Manager’s perspective.

Earlier this month I was invited as a panelist to the Engine Room conference here at the FT. As I spent last year exploring BDD practices as a product owner with the development teams, I was there to contribute on the automated testing panel. I decided to make it a full day and stayed in the audience for all the five panels. I expected a day of in-depth conversations around technical tools and engineering practices. I came prepared for that I might not understand even half of the details, but hoping to catch up on the latest trends in FT Technology. My expectations were wrong. Most of the discussions centered around what we build and how we manage our product life-cycle and as a product manager I found myself right in the middle of the action!

After a great day at the conference I wrote up my impressions from the panels and from discussions throughout the day. This is a (slightly edited) note I sent to Product Management at the FT. Perhaps there are thoughts you will find useful!

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FT Technology Internal Conference: Engine Room 2015

The FT technology team held their inaugural (and pleasingly successful) internal conference at the start of February.   How we came to put the event together, and how it all went so right we will put (irritatingly smugly, I expect) in a later post.  First an account of the day itself, the benefits of holding such an event and some of the ‘takeaways’ we gleaned from it. We named the conference after this blog, calling it ‘Engine room 2015’ and we hoped it would be an opportunity for people to exchange ideas about how we work and what we work with/on.  The organisers sold it to the rest of the department as a chance to ‘lift your heads up from the coal face for a day and maybe even choose a better pickaxe’.

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Women Who Code meetup, Tuesday 22nd July

 

The FT was delighted to host the Women who Code London meetup on Tuesday 22nd July.

Women who Code is a global movement inspiring women to excel in technology careers. They provide an avenue into technology, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued.

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Events and Interviews

Here are some recent events (organised or attended by FT Technology or FT Labs) and interviews.

 21/03/2014   Conference– “Edge is a new kind of non-profit one-day conference on advanced web technologies for developers and browser vendors, raising funds for CodeClub.” LONDON, MARCH 21, 2014. Presented by FT Labs, Microsoft and Google. Some #edgeconf traffic on twitter. Reports and thoughts from host Andrew Betts, ….

 

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