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Valeria is a young and addicted to caffeine Senior QA at Derivco Estonia. Jedi master at work and allergic yet animal lover. She tries to live environmentally friendly and uses reusable cups and straws.
Going by the motto "If you can't fix it, break it even more, then find a way to fix it" Dmitri initially worked on security software, then moved on to testing internet-communication software integrated into various hardware, ranging from regular handhelds to TV’s and set-top boxes.
After a small while of soul searching and a bit of hit-and-miss, he settled in the wonderful world of casino gamedev and is currently leading an amazing team of passionate Quality Assurance specialists in Derivco, striving to bring a bug free entertainment to an ever-growing world of casino games.
Helen is a partner and head of service design / user experience in Nortal. She has created user experience for both public and private sector products. Besides that, she has been a part of many different startups and given her input to their appearance and functioning. She is working globally currently with companies in US, Germany, Finland, Estonia and Emirates.
Tõnu Jaarma is a QA Team Lead with a clear focus on moving towards the future. At Playtech, he’s working in User Account Management team, where he is responsible for core functionality of Playtech player and admin management platform, making sure that every feature is covered with all possible new techniques and that the big picture comes together. Over 5 years of QA experience has helped him understand that given enough time, almost everything becomes obsolete.
Erik is head of engineering for payment cards at TransferWise. He is trained in software engineering, hardware design and diplomacy.
Among his tech teams, Erik promotes test driven engineering, domain driven design, lean development principles, data-drivenness, product mindset, focus on full test automation and system monitoring coverage, blameless postmortems, end-to-end product ownership including relationships and negotiations with partners.
Alex is an outgoing and passionate team leader, consultant, software tester and product owner. Communicating with people is her main focus – something she is fortunate to do frequently in her role as Head of Software Quality and Test Consulting at BREDEX GmbH.
Raimond was one of the founders and initial main organizers of Nordic Testing Days back in 2012. He feels honored to back as a keynote speaker. Raimond has worked as software engineer for 14 years. He started as tester in Estonian biggest telco and got hooked on testing tooling right from the start. He progressed to Skype as a Quality Engineer and worked on web-based communication solutions like Facebook Video calling. He moved to California with Skype as Android app tester and became software engineer at that team later.
USA / Estonia
Mikhail Iljin is one of the first members of Bolt's Data Science team. His main responsibility is developing real-time data-driven pricing for passengers and drivers. Previously, Mikhail has worked as a Senior Software Engineer and Data Scientist, working and consulting on products in Swedbank, Estonian Digital Certification Centre, as well as creating data analysis and warehousing solutions for Telia, Tele2 and EU-funded urban mobility research project in collaboration with Tartu University. Mikhail's passion is data, impact it can achieve and complexity it inevitably brings.
Mark Abrahams is a Test Automation Specialist that currently is on assignment at the most innovative bank of the Netherlands. He is a real specialist and has a lot of development skills. Besides his assignments he is responsible for the Test Automation Guild for Ordina & gives the Java trainings to our testers. Read more on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-abrahams-b8218129/
Martin Villarruel is an Argentinian living in Dublin and has been working in IT for 10 years For 3,5 years he's been working as an Automation QA engineer, currently working at Verizon Connect.
Martin has steadily but surely moved from soft side of things to deep into IT. Starting out as political sciences student, he moved to work as Tech Support Specialist, where bugs had already made it to production. After that he worked as Technical Account Manager, connecting non-technical people with developers and vice versa and offering first level technical assistance to Europe’s major brands 24/7. After 5 years of handling the consequences of bugs, he decided to become a tester to stop disasters before they happen.
Henrik Warne has been programming professionally for 25 years, and he still loves to code. He has worked on small embedded systems and large distributed systems, using a wide variety of technologies and programming languages. He is interested in all aspects of software development, from architecture, design and methodology to implementation, testing and debugging. He is currently a software engineer at TriOptima in Stockholm, Sweden, developing systems for financial risk management.
Dev by day, tester by night, cyclist by weekend. Calvin is a developer at Allan Gray who has found the value in working closely with testers and getting deeply involved in testing. He has been doing software engineering for 6 years and loved almost every minute of it – even when PROD collapses in on itself.
Blanché Carstens is a technical tester at Allan Gray. She has over 10 years’ experience in software testing. Her software testing, career started as a result of her curious nature & need to understand projects on a more systematic & technical level. Her passion for testing is fueled by the powerful information testing provides. Testing answers so many unasked questions, it exposes many misconceptions, lack of understanding & overlooked considerations. Testing unlocks some ingenious insights & better or different ways of doing things.
Having graduated in sinology, Lisi fell into agile and testing in 2009 and has been infected with the agile bug ever since. She’s especially passionate about the whole-team approach to testing and quality as well as the continuous learning mindset behind it. Building great products which deliver value together with great people is what motivates her and keeps her going. She received a lot from the community; now she’s giving back by sharing her stories and experience. She tweets as @lisihocke and blogs at www.lisihocke.com.
Bailey Hanna is a software test specialist at Roadmunk based in Kitchener, ON, Canada. She entered the testing community in 2016 when she was given the opportunity to become a software test specialist co-op student during her time at Western University. Since then, she has been an active member of the community, working to expand her knowledge through conferences, testing meet-ups, and reading. Lots of reading. Her primary areas of passion and experience are context driven exploratory testing, and the development of automated tests.
Marko Konsa has been actively working in QA for the past 6 years. He gained experience through his multiple roles as (among others) a security tester, test automation engineer, mobile QA engineer and as well as a software developer in one of Estonia’s biggest IT government tenders. Formerly a Product Owner of Cify open-source test automation platform, and now as Head of Product & Services at FOB Solutions Marko develops testing strategies for companies like HERE and Skype.
“The important things are mindsets! They will change you!” is Lucian’s motto as he feels good quality comes out of the right mindset. Currently working at R/GA Bucharest, where new technologies, brilliant design people and crafty developers blend to deliver award winning & innovative user experiences.
Ali has been a software tester for nearly five years after graduating with a History degree from the University of Edinburgh. Beginning his career in the games industry testing at Rockstar North he then moved into a more traditional Agile testing role at Craneware. It was here that he made the move into automation through his passion for self-learning and was responsible for creating a cross-team performance testing strategy.
Greta graduated Vilnius University, Bioinformatics (Informatics bachelor), at her 3 year of studies her tutor asked her if she would like to apply for a position in their company, as she found a bug in the task one gave to her.
She is a strong manual QA starting on automation and a huge UX enthusiast. She worked for Bentley Systems (USA) and recently switched to Infare (Denmark) company.
Smita Mishra is the CEO and Chief Test Consultant at QAzone Infosystems, which is a software testing organization. She is also the Founder of Fandoro- a platform for promoting individual social responsibility through impact gifting. She enjoys problem solving. She supports her customers in identifying the risks their applications are carrying and / or passing on further to their end customers, through carefully crafted skills of product development and software testing. She also engages with different forums to assist growth for women in her field and otherwise too.
Justin is a Senior Software Engineer - Customer Success Team at Applitools. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft Berlin, Germany working on the Wunderlist app. He has over twenty years of experience working on Software Quality, with the last eight primarily developing server, web, and mobile test automation. He is passionate about test automation and loves finding new efficient and effective ways to improve software quality with software.
Who is Dawid? 1/3 QA, 1/3 DevOps, 1/3 Lead. Last 10 years in Kraków. Tech freak following all the newest technologies (and implementing then on his own). Proudly and patriotically awarded as "People of Testing 2018". What does he do? Leading and supporting the best and the happiest QA team! Actively speaking (and traveling) around the world (combining both passions). Organizer and originator of first regular Ukrainian QA meetup "UkrainQA" Where can you find him? Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or beer table : ) What he likes?
After being a game/application developer and trainer for 15 years, Benjamin decided two and a half years ago to make test automation his main career. Right now he is a Test Automation Engineer in Trivago's core QA team. He focuses on the development and maintenance of their in-house end-to-end test framework and pipelines as well as providing help with all automation matters. He is also the author and maintainer of two open source projects for Cucumber that focus on parallel test execution and reporting.
Mads Opheim is a tech lead, developer and test enthusiast, who works in Computas, currently on a project for the Norwegian Courts. Mads wants to make people awesome, with test-driven development, Domain-driven design and Modern agile as his favourite techniques. As there are lots of people to make awesome in the sphere of a software project, he’s interested in all phases of the development process.
Embedded systems developer since the mid 90's. I am interested in all 'embedded' technologies. Professionally, I am the Discipline Lead for Hardware Functional Verification at Nordic Semiconductor in Norway. Previously I was working on open source firmware for ARM (UEFI and Trusted Boot) and on embedded real time control systems for materials testing applications at Instron in the UK.
Zach's QA background spans over 10 years in both video game and app development, working with companies such as Disney and 2K Games, with additional experience in events and product marketing. He currently works with Testlio as a QA Project Manager, working with high profile clients on their app experiences. His passion for testing ignited with his love for video games, turning a hobby into a full fledged career. He is excited to share how video games have made such an impact on his testing abilities and how these learnings can help others.
Geoffrey is an enthusiastic professional and a real explorer. As an explorer he likes to discover new things, learn more and get inspired. His career started in testing as a tester, test manager and test consultant he helped to make sure software products obtained the high quality standard. But his curious and discovering nature where never satisfied with just testing. His great passion is to inspire others, teach professionals and help companies with tackling their struggles.
Argentinian living in Barcelona. 3.5 years of experience, 3 suites created from scratch.
As QA Manager at Avensia, Sigge drives quality strategies across all projects of the company, enabling development teams to deliver high quality e-commerce software. With a background at Atlassian and Jayway, he coaches development teams on building quality in from the start, rather than trying to test and fix things after the fact.
You can call Adrian Stokes Ady! With an audit and management systems background, he came to testing in 2002 and found both a flare and a passion. With a thirst for learning and continually improving he is always looking for ways to share information from his blog to a monthly newsletter and global quality initiatives at work. He is a great believer in community and help the great one in Leeds by helping organise the MoT Meetup. He believes accessibility is fundamental to applications and greatly undervalued causing many problems for lots of users.
Lena has been in the IT-industry since 1999 when she got her first job as a developer. Testing and requirements have always been a part of her job but in 2009 she decided to take the step into testing full-time and she has never looked back since. Lena has worked as tester, test lead, test manager, senior test manager and nowadays she is team manager for the QA division at AFA Insurance. She is also involved with the software testing education in Sweden, both as chairman for one of the schools and by mentoring interns to give them the best internship possible.
Tim Cochran works for ThoughtWorks NYC, he has been full stack developer and architect for over 15 years. Working on everything from large distributed enterprise projects to small NGO visualization apps. He recently has been helping companies with digital transformation, moving towards continuous delivery and building a DevOps culture. He also is an automated testing zealot, practices TDD almost exclusively.
Shey is an independent Software Tester with 20 years experience in many areas of software development.
Recently, he has been working with enterprises and large to help them transform themselves to be more modern, agile, competitive within their industries.
When he's not talking to people about agile and testing at meetups and pubs, he is usually talking to someone about craft beer and brewing.
Elizabeth tests software at Mendix in Rotterdam. She’s tested web apps, mobile apps, APIs, and content management systems. Since 2011, Elizabeth Zagroba has had a title and a job description that match her natural desire to get to the bottom of things. Her article about mind maps became one of the most viewed on Ministry of Testing Dojo in 2017. She's spoken at conferences in the United States and Europe, and keynoted Let's Test 2018 in South Africa.
- 10+ years of Golang and Java development
- Maintaining large-scale software testing infrastructure more than 5 years
Lead Software Engineer at Salesforce, who has been passionate about software quality since the very beginning of his career. Started as a Quality Engineer, he was able to bring test expertise into current role of a software engineer, and ensure a delivery of a high quality product. In addition to being an Individual Contributor, he is a Scrum Master focused on making his team more efficient and productive. His background involves studying Medicine, later transition into Bioinformatics field, and now being in a purely Software Engineering-centric area.
Marko is a certified GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) and Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB). He has been a web and mobile application penetration tester at Clarified Security OÜ since August 2016. As a lifelong enthusiast and self-leaner, he enjoys experimenting with new technologies and discovering their applications in our lives. Since he is a penetration tester foremost, these discoveries may not always be benign!
Gwen Diagram is a technology professional from Leeds who specialises in testing. She is an avid automation evangelist with a focus on testing complemented by repeatable build processes with monitoring. She has had varied roles throughout her career including Scrum Master at a Start Up and DevOps kid at a large Financial Services organisation. She is the Lead Product Tester at Monzo, a challenger bank focusing on building a product with known quality, fast.
Oleg has worked as QA on mobile projects since 2012, currently in Kiev-based company Lohika. He has experience in testing apps for iOS and Android platforms (50+ projects) and server API testing.
For the last 7 years, Amit has been testing software in the e-commerce sphere for RSA, learning what being a tester actually means. He also helps as a co-editor for a quarterly testing magazine in Hebrew, and is quite happy to spend some time speaking on testing with just about anyone. When not doing work related stuff, or riding my bicycle, he is also a member of the Israeli roleplaying society.
Corina is a Test & Automation Leading Expert, with focus on testing by means of Java, Selenium, TestNG, Spring, Maven, and other cool frameworks and tools. Previous endeavours from her 10+ years testing career include working on navigation devices, in the online gaming industry and in the aviation software industry, as part team lead, part automation engineer.
Gil Zilberfeld has been in software since childhood, writing BASIC programs on his trusty Sinclair ZX81. With more than twenty years of developing commercial software, he has vast experience in software methodology and practices. Gil has been applying agile principles for product development more than a decade. From automated testing to exploratory testing, design practices to team collaboration, scrum to kanban, traditional product management to lean startup – he’s done it all. He is still learning from his successes and failures.
Raj Subramanian is a former developer who moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for Testim.io. He actively contributes to the testing community by speaking at conferences, writing articles, blogging, making videos on his Youtube channel and being directly involved in various testing-related activities. He currently resides in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com and on twitter at @epsilon11.
Nicola is one of those testers that 'fell into the role' after working as a Support Engineer and Trainer for a small software house dealing predominantly with the construction sector whose focus is continually on design and quality (no-one wants to construct anything that collapses and causes injury). However, 'fell' implies the role focus was not chosen deliberately, which is incorrect.
Having worked in the IT industry for nearly 15 years Nicola feels she can (and should) share some of her experiences to help others, and to help them help their colleagues & teammates.
I'm a continuously learning tester with a penchant for getting involved in all aspects of developing people and products. I used to be a fully-fledged consultant with The Test People, veteran of various engagements encompassing testing, performance engineering and automation. Moved to the startup world, heavily involved in mobile product development, from the ground up. Now I have struck out on my own, into the wider world of consulting. I'll also speak, coach and contribute to the local tech community in Leeds.
Maik works as a senior test consultant with Diaz & Hilterscheid, where he focuses on the agile aspects of software testing. His 19 years of work experience include working in the German Navy HQ, being a project leader in the Middle East as well as working in software development companies as a tester in different industries. Since joining Diaz & Hilterscheid, he finished projects in the banking industry, in medical software companies and various agile adaptations.
- Name: Joep Schuurkes
- Habitat: Rotterdam
- Occupation: scrum master
- Favourite programming language: Perl, but starting to lean towards Python
- Mother's maiden name: van Niekerk
- What I answer when asked that online: 6mqJZ3<p(GRt4s)98eK,T-_H
- Quirk: refusing to write scrum master with capital letters
- Things I’d do if I had the time: play go, roast my own coffee beans, b̶o̶u̶l̶d̶e̶r̶i̶n̶g̶
- Favourite quote: You get to decide how you’re gonna try to see it. - David Foster Wallace
Kristjan believes that the best way to learn that fire is hot, is by burning ones' fingers. Although over they years he has also learned to turn the heat down a bit and have a supply of "Burnshield" nearby. Believing that using practical exercises and puzzles is the best way Kristjan has been teaching testers in companies, universities and sometimes at conferences over 6 years. After working in embedded and pure web development industry, with a side order of game development, he has learned, unsurprisingly, that different project require very different testing skills.