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Community Spotlight Presents Kristoffer Nordström

  • 13/09/2013
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The Community Spotlight is a feature on the EuroSTAR Blog which brings to focus those who matter in software testing industry in Europe – you, the members of the EuroSTAR Community!

We want to give you the chance to get to know more about your peers throughout Europe and share your own experiences, career highlights and some fun facts with the testing community by taking our Community Spotlight interview.

This Community Spotlight features Kristoffer Nordström. Kristoffer is a regular contributor to the EuroSTAR Community & was one of the 2012 EuroSTAR Conference Speakers.

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Kristoffer Nordström

2.Where are you from?

Sweden, Karlskrona


3.Where do you work?

At my own consulting company: “Northern Test Consulting AB”


4. Can you tell us how you got involved in testing?

For my second job after university I was hired on a special project over the summer at a company called UIQ Technology testing the SDK the company made.
But it was only after that when I applied for a position as test developer at the system test department that I can say that I got my first real testing job.
I got to work with the (to date) best test manager I’ve ever had… Herman Afzelius.
Herman is a test geek and was one of the first in Sweden to introduce exploratory testing and SBTM at UIQ, and he and other people in the department really showed me what testing is (as opposed to “checking”), it was also through him that I got to know Michael Bolton back in the days (we had Michael over for an in-house RST course).
But besides being a test geek Herman is also a fantastic manager/leader and one who really knows how to work with people and departments.
I got to start working there in the TestDev team on our in-house developed test automation framework for testing the mobile OS and I can without a doubt say that working with Herman as a manager made me into the engineer/tester I am today. If you ever run into him at a conference tell him I sent you and grab a beer in the bar with him, you won’t regret it.


5. How many times have you been to EuroSTAR?

5 times. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012 as a speaker.


6. What’s your favourite hobby?

Long-distance running, reading (Science fiction, testing, programming and other), and tinkering with hardware and programming.


7. What would you have been if you weren’t involved in testing?

Tools Developer/Problem Solver, or a hardware hacker.
In my spare time I love hacking with my RaspBerry Pi:s and Python programming.
But what really gets me going is talking to people and solving problems for them.


8. Have you any advice to give to a young tester or someone just starting their testing career?

Ask questions, challenge all assumptions and make sure you aqcuire solid technical awareness.
Get online and join the test community on twitter, read stuff on test blogs, train yourself to be curious.
Also if you have the chance to attend a conference like Eurostar make sure you make the most of it, and I humbly recommend that you read this blog post and take the advice at the end.


9. If you could do a project with one other tester/developer/programmer who would it be?

That’s a hard one since there is so many great people in the community that I would love to work closely with. If I had to chose I would say its between Rob Lambert (@Rob_Lambert) at NewVoiceMedia or Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin) at Pivotal Labs.

Robs humor, passion for software testing and experience as a test manager would be fantastic to match with my own passion for testing and development background, it would be an epic project.
It would be so fun to have a strong passionate test manager that can make sure I can fire on all cylinders and do what I do best in a test project.

Working with Lisa, well what can I say, who wouldn’t like to work with her?
I love working in an agile way and anytime I’m not on an agile team I find myself missing something in my day to day work.
Lisa is a fantastic person who’m I’ve known for some years now, but somehow we have always ran pass each other when one of us is in Sweden/USA.
Lisa’s (and Janet Gregory’s) book on agile testing has influenced me a lot and I would love to investigate the role of agile tester even more working with Lisa.


10. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you like to have with you?
My family, a solar powered laptop, and a satelite link to the interwebs…


11. What is your favourite motivational quote?

“If you think test-first is expensive try debug-later”


12. What has been your biggest software testing challenge so far?

That would have to be my experience last year.
Working as a remote tester from my home in Sweden with a company in California on a product that is used for distributed build acceleration on a networked cluster of machines.

The challenges was both technical and people.

The technical challenge involved testing a custom Linux file system, kernel integration and how a GNU Make based tool works building makefiles with its quirks. A challenge oh so fun… oh did I mention I love learning new technology?

I love the quote by Weinberg: “No Matter how it looks at first, it’s always a people problem.”
Working remote from home in another timezone 9 hours away from my colleagues and on a technically sophisticated product is of course challenging, meeting hours, communication (did someone say bad skype connection?) and simply being away from the water cooler, thats the people side of the challenge.

At some point I need to reflect on my year working with Electric Cloud and put my experience into writing.


Connect with Kristoffer

Kristoffer NordstromTwitter: @kristoffer_nord

Blog: Context Driven Test Thoughts





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