Cancer, and Software Testing: Tenacity in the Face of the Ultimate Challenge
What's the relationship between cancer and software testing? In the winter of 2016, Kristoffer Nordström's daughter was diagnosed with the world's most aggressive brain cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Kristoffer became the main driver, making medical decisions and becoming an expert in a rare disease. In this keynote, he shares how he applied testing soft skills and tools to cancer research, building communities and relationships with leading researchers. He used collaboration, communication, and argumentation skills to meaningfully engage with key researchers. Bug advocacy and quick learning skills helped him represent his daughter in a myriad of health contexts. Risk analysis, prioritization, and focusing tools guided critical decisions. Kristoffer was able to adapt and refocus on the fly, and he learned that something as terrible and frightening as cancer can be understood through research and knowledge. The love and generosity showed by the testing community, along with acts of kindness from strangers, inspired him to pay it forward to others. Learn how software testing skills can help you overcome some of life’s most overwhelming challenges.