STARCANADA 2018 Keynote : Cancer, and Software Testing: Tenacity in the Face of the Ultimate Challenge


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Cancer, and Software Testing: Tenacity in the Face of the Ultimate Challenge

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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.

Kristoffer Nordström
Northern Test Consulting AB

Kristoffer Nordström is a Test Developer. In his career, he has worked with technologies such as Telecommunications System, Distributed Compilers, Cloud technology, Smartphone OS development, Embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of the Context-Driven test community who with his own company, Kristoffer consults and teaches the course Python for Testers because he believes in tools-assisted sapient testing. Over the years he has seen the immense value of testers learning how to distil large amounts of information into the so called “big picture”, working in an organization and the soft skills necessary to collaborate with the people making up the organization. Apart from being an avid software tester, Kristoffer is also a long-distance runner, sci-fi reader, and amateur cancer researcher.