TUTORIAL Social Software Testing Approaches (Wednesday 21.9.2022)

SEMINAR KEYNOTE: From Observations to Insights on Test Specialist Careers (Fredriksberg 9.20)

Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Vaisala
Maaret Pyhäjärvi is an exploratory tester extraordinaire with a day-job at Vaisala as Principal Test Engineer. She is an empirical technologist, a tester and a (polyglot) programmer, a catalyst for improvement, a speaker and an author, and a community facilitator. She has been awarded the two prestigious global testing awards, Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2016 (MIATPP) and EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award (2020), and selected as Top-100 Most Influential in ICT in Finland 2019, 2020 and 2021 and awarded Tester Worth Appreciating Award in Finland 2022 . She’s spoken at events in 25 countries delivering over 400 sessions. With 25 years of exploratory testing under her belt, she crafts her work role into a mix of hands-on testing and programming, and leading and enabling others. She leads TechVoices enabling new speakers, blogs at https://visible-quality.blogspot.fi/ and is the author of three books: Ensemble Programming Guidebook, Exploratory Testing and Strong-Style Pair Programming.

Okechukwu Egbete, TopHatch

Okechukwu Egbete is a software tester currently working as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Tophatch Inc. He is relatively young in his testing career having switched from a career in business development to software testing; He has grown immensely and continues to explore numerous opportunities to learn and impact knowledge to others within the software testing community.

SEMINAR How to develop into a multitalented tester? (Fredriksberg 10.40)

Kari Kakkonen, Knowit
Mr. Kari Kakkonen is the 2021 EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award winner and Tester of the Year in Finland Award 2021 winner. He is the author and CEO of Dragons Out Oy, creating a fantasy book to teach software testing to children. Kari Kakkonen is working in Finland at Knowit. He has M.Sc. in from Aalto University (aalto.fi). He works mostly with agile testing, lean, test automation, DevOps and AI.
Kari was on Executive of ISTQB (istqb.org) 2015-2021. He is on Board of Directors of TMMi. He is Treasurer of FiSTB (fistb.fi).
Kari is a singer, snowboarder, kayaker, husband and dad.

SEMINAR Complementing GUI testing scripts with smart monkey testing (Jakokoski & Vuolenkoski 10.40)

Pekka Aho, Open University of the Netherlands
Pekka Aho works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Open University of the Netherlands. He has been researching automated GUI testing, state model inference and monkey testing since 2010. He has been part of international TESTAR development team since 2017. Before the academic career, starting in 2008 at VTT, he has been working in software industry, first in manual testing, then developing software and testing/monitoring tools, and later as a project manager.
TUTORIAL A modern test strategy in a feature team context (Monday 19.9.2022)

SEMINAR You don’t know what you know until you find out - QA stories from the trenches (Fredriksberg 11.20)

Pekka Marjamäki, Hidden Trail
For over a decade, Pekka has been at the forefront of advocating agile and intelligent testing in conferences around the world. Pekka is all about delivering the solution the client actually needs. A tester should be brave and challenge the norms. The best solution is rarely the most obvious one. Pekka will help you with that - through the woods, if necessary.

Jani Grönman, Hidden Trail
Jani has over two decades of experience in the IT sector, ranging from coding, project management, agile practices to test design and management. Quality thinking is Jani’s passion. He works with a co-creation mentality, coaching and facilitating teams to achieve their own goals.

SEMINAR Beyond Grepping - Using AI in Pinpointing Anomaly Events in Stability (Jakokoski & Vuolenkoski 11.20)

Mika Mäntylä, University of Oulu
Mika Mäntylä is a professor of Software Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received a D. Sc. degree in 2009 in Software Engineering from the Aalto University, Finland. His research interests include end of lifecycle software engineering activities like software testing, maintenance, operations. He is also interested in research methods, meta-science and behavioral and psychological aspects in software engineering. He is keen to utilize natural language processing, classical machine learning, and deep learning to software engineering problems. He has previously worked as an assistant professor at the Aalto University, Finland, and as a post-doc at the Lund University, Sweden. He currently serves as an associated editor for IEEE Software magazine and Empirical Software Engineering journal. For more information https://mmantyla.github.io/

Martin Varela, Profilence
I am a seasoned and results-oriented R&D professional, with over 20 years of experience. I have participated in and managed a large number of large-scale R&D projects, both commercial and academic, at the national and European levels. My main field of expertise is Quality of Experience (QoE), which deals with how users experience the services they use. QoE is a very multidisciplinary field, spanning several technical domains such as networks, media, cloud, and web, as well as human aspects, including business. I am also knowledgeable on a number of other topics, such as Data Analysis, Predictive Models, Network Performance (QoS), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-defined Networks (SDN), and Network Management. https://martin.varela.fi/

SEMINAR How to thrive as a non-technical testing professional (Fredriksberg 13.00)

Nina Perta, Vala Group
Nina studied business, leadership and marketing in college and started her working life in an insurance company call-centre. After moving into importing business she was nominated as a key user into an ERP project, that experience changed her life. She became a software trainer and accidentally moved into software testing when she got the assignment "we have issues with quality, can you do something" from the development manager. There was no turning back, Nina fell into the rabbit hole of software testing and quality. She is passionate about knowledge sharing, physical and mental wellbeing and fountain pens.
SEMINAR Mitä olemme oppineet laadusta 50 vuodessa? (Jakokoski & Vuolenkoski 13.00)

Arto Stenberg
SW QA professional with different roles over 25 career years. Have worked in various domain areas and projects which are using V-model or agile methods and always trying to prevent, catch and solve issues before they become in some cases expensive problems.

Free time activities include home improvement, gym, golf, petanque, studying and other hobbies.

Juha Pomppu
Software Quality Assurance and Testing professional with 25 years of experience of product development and consultation. Specialized in software and quality assurance processes and tools, QMS development, project and product documentation methods, audits and coaching/training.

On free time renovates old house, improves computer&AV equipment, takes photographs, snowboards, grows chilies and plays board/console games.

SEMINAR Advocating quality in Finland's biggest company (Fredriksberg 13.40)

Sami Söderblom, SOK
Sami is one of Finland's leading experts in context-driven quality practices. He has nearly twenty years of history from a variety of testing and quality leadership positions in nearly twenty different business domains. He's a colorful blogger, award winning author of industry publications and a co-founder of Software Testing Finland, a local context-driven testing community. He regularly shares experiences from his domain of expertise in domestic and international events. Currently he work as a Papa Bear of QA at SOK and as a consultant via his company Happy Monkey.

The same white-hot passion Sami feels towards his wife Malin, daughter Vilja and son Max. Whatever time is left from work and family life he spends throwing a round of disc golf, enjoying a nice glass of whisky, making music and being afraid of what might attract his passion next.

Dong Pham, SOK
Dong is a young, passionate explorer of quality, sofware development and quality engineering practices. He has adventured in different business domains and contexts, from startup to enterprise, and gained unique perspectives on quality engineering approaches and ability to work with wide range of technologies. Currently, he works at SOK as a Principal QA Engineer. On top of that, one of his biggest passions is mentoring talents to start their career in IT as QA Engineer.

Out side of work, Dong is father of a lovely girl, Linh and husband of a beautiful wife, Anh. He is also a table tennis player of Sunilan Sisu team, which plays in 2nd division of Finnish Table Tennis Associaton.

SEMINAR Mobile Automation for Unity Games (Jakokoski & Vuolenkoski 13.40)

Ru Cindrea, Altom Consulting
Ru Cindrea is a Senior Test Consultant and Managing Partner at Altom Consulting. With 20 years of experience in software testing, she is particularly interested in mobile testing and test automation with a special interest in mobile games. Ru is an instructor for the Black Box Software Testing series offered by Altom in collaboration with KFA. She is an organizer of the Test Lab, an open-space concept organized at testing conferences where participants practice testing and learn from their peers.
TUTORIAL How should we test this? (Friday 23.9.2022)

SEMINAR KEYNOTE: Modern testing: a story about quality & value (Fredriksberg 15.00)

Huib Schoots, Quality Accelerators
Hi, I’m Huib Schoots, nice to meet you. My personal mission is shaping better people and software quality by connecting, innovating, facilitating, coaching, enabling and teaching. I’m fascinated by mindset, thinking, behaviour and collaboration. I’m active in many communities.

Some keywords about me: humanist, open, direct, creative, idea generator, result driven, humor, problem solver, curious, confronting, critical thinker, passionate and energetic, lifelong learner, entrepreneurial, analytic and continuous (world) improver. I like hanging out with friends, play trombone in a brass band, board & computer game, LEGO, photography, running, beer brewing, magic tricks, travelling and reading.

I work as a managing consultant & quality coach at qualityaccelerators.nl and an agile test expert, trainer and consultant at deagiletesters.nl
SEMINAR KEYNOTE: Charisma (Fredriksberg 16.00)

Kari Ketonen
Kari has been working as a professional actor theatre, movies, television and other media for 25 years. He has been nominated three times in Jussi-awards for his roles. 2008 he won best male actor prize in Kultainen Venla-gala.

On top of that he has also worked as a writer and/or director in several succesful tv-series, such as Ketonen & Myllyrinne, Putous and Wingman (Luottomies). Wingman was nominated for international Emmy award in New York 2019.

In 2007 he got his license as a psychotherapist (bodypsychotherapy).

Since then Kari has been teaching, coaching and lecturing on related topics such as dealing with performance anxiety and developing your personal charisma, stress-resilience, presence and psychological and somatic well-being using breath work to achieve more balanced emotional regulation.
TUTORIAL Robot Framework Tutorial and Hands-on Training (Tuesday 20.9.2022)

Jani Haapala
Quality automation specialist, quality consultant, tester, dad, husband. Long time Robot framework user and a Robot framework foundation board member. Passionate about building and providing continuous automated quality feedback loops through test automation.

Timo Stordell
Passionate SW pipeline builder for 25+ years. Enthusiastic about test automation. Been involved in embedded and web, telecom, medical and banking industries. On a crusade to build the future of SW development.