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Cultivating Culture in the Code Trenches: Navigating the Human Maze

This keynote addresses the intricate journey of cultivating a positive culture within the tech industry, focusing on the challenges and strategies in team dynamics, leadership, and personal growth. The speaker brings a wealth of experience from their role in software testing and project management, offering insights into the complexities of building and nurturing teams and organizations in this field.

The keynote will delve into the nuances of team and organizational development, highlighting what practices to adopt and what pitfalls to avoid. It will cater especially to budding testers and engineers, offering guidance on professional growth in the absence of strong leadership. The speaker, with a rich background in testing, project management, and various aspects of software development, will share personal experiences and lessons learned from various roles, emphasizing the importance of testing skills in leadership and management. The discussion will also touch upon the challenges of remote work and distributed teams in today’s changing work landscape, and the role of testers in the era of large language models and AI.

What you’ll learn

From this keynote you will learn how to:

Strategies for personal and professional growth in software testing and project management

Understand the importance of cultivating a positive team culture, and gain insights into navigating the complexities of modern work environments, including remote teams and AI integration.

Session details

Track 1

09:45h - 10:35h · May 29th

50 mins + 5 mins Q&A

Topic: Test Management & Strategy

General Level

Keynote in English, translated to Spanish


Kristoffer Nordström

Kristoffer Nordström is a test developer who has worked with telecommunications systems, distributed compilers, cloud technology, smartphone OS development, embedded systems, and much more. As a testing devotee and a member of test community, 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 distill large amounts of information into the so-called “big picture,” and he advocates for learning the soft skills necessary to collaborate with the people making up the organization. Apart from being an avid software tester, Kristoffer is also a sci-fi reader, lamp maker, and craftsman.