Rebels of IT

 

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We're consultants, not a staffing company. We're test experts, not commodities. If you need a tester to do more than simply fill up a chair at your company, then you've come to the right place.

The rebels

House of Test is synonymous with challenging the status quo. Each member of our team tears down the traditional conventions in their own unique way. Together we are bringing hardcore testing into the mainstream.

Whats going on?

Catch a glimpse of what's going on inside the walls of House of Test and the minds of our consultants. Our blog is where we share our thoughts on the latest developments in the testing world.


Glory to the Brave

Testing is a challenging craft that requires sharp skills. To hone our skills, we reject the status quo and refuse mediocrity. The wild ones dare to be different and think outside conventions and norms. We not only embrace change, we also create it and grow with it. We value our integrity and follow our passion – heart and soul. Because of this, we call bullshit on dehumanizing factory testing, bogus certification schemes, and feeble testing standards. Testing done right delivers valuable information, and we will meet the challenge.

We choose to take the high road because we care about you, our customer.

What we do, we do for the love of testing!

We only settle for greatness, because you expect nothing less from us!

Some call us rebels.

We call ourselves House of Test.

Passion for testing

What separates House of Test consultants from the average, run-of-the-mill test consultants out there, is our unstoppable drive and thirst for knowledge about software testing. We pride ourselves on being the number one context-driven testing company in Sweden, with some of the world’s leading trainers, coaches, and test experts on our roster. Regardless of your testing problem, you can rest assured that House of Test can help you solve it.

Consulting

House of Test consulting is not your common staffing company or resource provider. Our consulting focuses on contributing as much on a strategic level as on the project deliverables. House of Test can offer a complete range of testing services, but we always make sure that our customers feel that working with House of Test means value both for the current project, and for future ones.

House of Test offers competence-based consulting services in terms of shorter assignments and part time assignments such as mentoring, coaching, assessments, and reorganization. We are also able to take on longer, full time contracts, either assigned to teams or with us as project leads.

Our Consultants

At House of Test, we cultivate excellence. We dare claim we have some of the best test consultants in the world. Our consultants are experts at analyzing and getting up to speed in new contexts which means we deliver value from day one. Collectively, we’ve done work in every industry imaginable and are able to excel in any context, from mobile and web, to regulated medical environments or with defense industry contractors.

What truly make us unique though, is the way we approach skills development within House of Test. Many companies claim to have good knowledge sharing, but very few take it as far as we do. We meet as a group 4-5 times per year for two day long workshops on testing, and in between we do internal status reporting and give feedback to each other on our latest testing ideas or challenges we might be facing. This isn’t something we have to force. It’s simply what happens when you put kick-ass people with a common passion together.

Coaching

House of Test is home to some of the most experienced test coaches in Scandinavia. We tailor our coaching to the needs of the organization, teams and individuals, depending on the situation.

A coach’s job is to facilitate the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual in making real, lasting change. When we coach, we use a socratic approach with questions and answers guiding the individual being coached towards new insights and learnings.

Our coaching is always goal-based and we continously evaluate and adapt to make sure that we’re steering towards the agreed goal after each coaching session. If we’re off course, we adjust the course, and if the goal is no longer relevant, we update the goal.

Mentoring

The difference between coaching and mentoring can appear subtle, and the focus between coaching and metoring often changes several times during a client assignment. The goal of our mentoring sessions is to pass on knowledge and experience and open doors to otherwise out-of-reach opportunities of learning for individuals and team. Our coaches have decades of accumulated testing expertise between them and are also experienced trainers and educators, which guarantees a highly effective relationship between mentor and mentee.

Test Management

We believe testing is inherently unpredictable and our collective experience backs that up. As a counter-measure we like to spent as little time on planning as possible and instead put most of our efforts into navigating and enabling testing. We do make plans. We do make strategies. But we refrain from burying our heads in them and staying with our knowledge and beliefs as they were at the beginning of the test project. We know that we all get smarter, wiser and better. Not all checks stay valuable. Not all areas stay at the same risk level.

Our toolbox is highly valuable, low-tech and customizable and is generally non-intrusive and complimentary to what tools and methods you may already have in your organisation: we use mindmaps and white board dashboards for overviews. It helps visualising status and goals, while not restricting us in getting new ideas. Whenever possible we like to use either session-based or thread-based testing, as that utilizes the power and freedom of the testers to do amazingly good testing, while still keeping everything in control and to the point.

A large part of test management is logistics in getting people and their skills, software, data, environments and everything else ready at the required time. We tend to focus on the testers, their skills, their professional growth. We prefer to manage people rather than test cases. We use coaching and mentoring, because we do not just settle for average. We think that testers who are confident, skillful and generally shines with pride of their work also performs the best. Who wants to be a commodity, doing average work?

We encourage several ways of reporting test results to you, as different decisions and needs shouldn’t be met with the standard one-size-fits-all form that the local tool can generate. We aim at always being able to report results on time, to the point, on purpose and including the accuracy and insecurities of the testing done. How else can you use our results?

Ultimately it is all about getting trustworthy and understandable information to the right people at the right time.

Test Engineering

Our consultants are some of the world’s leading experts in context-driven testing.House of Test is able to send consultants to work directly in your test team or embed themselves in your agile teams to both perform great testing, and train the rest of the team to do the same.

We’re at our best when we’re able to enter into a project in its early stages and work directly with requirements gathering and analysis, which we then base our test strategy on. Of course, verifying requirements is just a tiny part of what value-based testing is and by working proactively and updating our test strategy and plan as we learn more about the explicit requirements of a project, we also gain insights in how to deal with the impicit requirements and find the “unknown unknowns” before you need to ship.

When there are testable deliverables available, our consultants will dig in and attack the software (or hardware) from all angles. We have extensive experience with testing products in a wide variety of contexts and business domains, ranging from mobile applications and web based services, to military simulators and medical devices. And everything in between. We recognize that your organization is unique, but we dare say that we’re able to bring a lot of our collective experience to the table as a value add that will let us quickly orient ourselves in your project and start delivering quality related information that you can depend on.

Peformance Testing

One of the most challenging testing tasks for many organizations is that of performance testing. House of Test has extensive experience in setting up and executing performange test strategies with tailored reports that will let your organization pin point exactly where your performance improvement efforts should be placed.

Test Automation

Our continuous integration experts can help your organization move towards an always releasable state and tackle the testing challenges to make your product release worthy. We’ll help you find the right build environment and select a feasible and effective unit test strategy, based on your specific product and team.

We can also help automating your business level tests which will help you gain information about the business worth of releasing at a certain point in time.

Automation can enable your testers to focus on exploration rather than checking and supply you with the right information at the right time. Your business decisions will then rest on a solid platform of up-to-date, quality related information.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing – the home away from home for your project. By outsourcing test, you can still keep development in-house, but get all the benefits of an external, independent look at the product. Outsourcing is not about losing control; it’s about gaining control by working with someone that serves you with honest, relevant and useful information at all times. Outsourcing does help reduce cost, but with House of Test, then you don’t have to make a trade-off with quality.

As with everything we do, with outsourcing, we focus on maximizing the value for you. We have a broad experience from different types of industries like  e-commerce, e-learning, online banking and gaming. We also have extensive experience from a range of test tools, communication tools, test techniques and methodologies, ensuring each project can be setup with a minimum of hassle and that we fit in seamlessly into your existing teams and organization.

On-Demand Testing

House of Test offers a new way to work with test outsourcing; On-Demand Testing. It’s an offer that does not require a full-time commitment; it offers you testing when, and only when, you need it. The on-demand testing is a package deal with test sessions that can be used as needed.

House of Test has extensive experience in chartered testing and session based test management. Now everyone can get the benefit from this experience without having to hire a full time tester. On-demand testing; you only pay for the testing you need, we take care of the rest.

Our on-demand testing offer has several advantages to you:
Flexible: Access to testing when you actually need it.
Cost Effective: Only pay for the testing; House of Test takes care of the rest.
Same Testers: As far possible, House of Test will ensure the same testers within a package.
Cost Control: Pay a fixed price, no time and material invoices.
Scalable: The packages come in all sizes. If one package runs out too quickly, just get a larger one.

Finding that special someone

If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s the ability to spot a good tester in a crowd. We’re offering to come on board and help your organization weed through the CVs and application and pick our the ones with true potential.

When you’ve selected a handful of candidates for the position you’re looking to fill, our consultant will pre-screen them all and put them through a series of exercises and questions to qualify a subset of them for another round of interviews with your team.

We prepare the screening by talking directly to your teams and employees to find out what the most pressing needs of your organizations are, which will also let us develop an understanding for the company culture and group dynamics that the candidates might find themselves in if hired.

We’ll help you find that special someone

  • “To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.”

    Patti Smith

  • “Punk rock is very rebellious, of course, but it also means thinking for yourself.”

    Dexter Holland

  • “Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock.”

    Henry Rollins

Training

House of Test provide tailored training, mentoring and coaching packages for individuals and organizations who want to further and evolve their testing knowledge and skill within today’s cutting edge testing techniques and methodologies.

House of Test also cooperates with well known experts in context driven and rapid software testing approaches to further strengthen our training offer. Look out for upcoming training sessions with world leading test experts, such as James Bach and Michael Bolton.

Abstract

This 3-day couse is aimed at providing the students with basic knowledge and experience with planning and performing ET (Exploratory Testing), organizing the work and fitting the test results to the surrounding context. It starts from the context and points to different tools such as heuristics, note taking and SBTM/MTBS (Session-Based Test Management / Managing Testing Based on Sessions), to create effective and valuable testing, based on skill, thought and risks.

The course is highly interactive and packed with exercises that are always debriefed and analyzed to help students internalize their newly learned skills and tools.

The course can be extended with coaching activities to help the students incorporate ET in their work.

Course Objectives

The course covers the principles of CDT (Context-Driven Testing), the discipline of ET (Exploratory Testing), SBTM (Session-based Test Management) for managing the testing as well as Test Strategizing, Planning and Reporting based on Heuristics, Opportunities and Risks. The course relates everything we do to how it works within an Agile context, points to different Tools and Methods that may be of use along the way, and includes a perspective on how testing is fused with different needs (like ‘Cover all the requirements’, ‘What to do with the bugs’ and the impossibility of testing everything and getting effective testing done in the short time that is available).

Participants will gain basic knowledge and experience with planning and performing ET (Exploratory Testing), organizing the work and fitting the test results to the surrounding context

Who will benefit?

This course is most appropriate for Testers, Test Engineers, Test Leads, Test Consultants and Test Managers.

Details

Delegates are required to bring their own Laptop PC’s (not MAC or iPad’s), since a lot of the training is based on real hands-on exercises run on PC).

Duration: 3 days
Language: Danish or English
Teacher/Coach: Carsten Feilberg

Abstract

Agile development methodologies have quickly gained ground around the world and are today one of the more prevalent models for software development. For testers, the transition from traditional development models can be difficult or even frightening. It doesn’t have to be though.

In this 2-day course, you get to do a deep-dive into the what the principles of agile development means for testers and how you can transform your work into becoming both more efficient and effective.

Most parts of the course will contain practical exercises that will allow participants to not only gain theoretical knowledge, but also put it into practice right away, and thus gain a deeper understanding of the different topics.

Course Objectives

We’ll be discussing the tester’s role in agile teams and how to best create an agile test strategy. Participants will gain a better understanding of what exploratory testing can offer as well as knowledge of different sorts of heuristic tools and checklists that are absolutely essential for an agile tester.

Furthermore, we will go through the test management frameworks Session-based Test Management and Thread-based Test Management and discuss how they can be applied to gain traceability and help build a strong foundation for test reporting in an agile setting.

The course also contains sections dedicated to the role of test reporting, test automation, and different test tools that can help simplify your work as an agile tester.

Who will benefit?

Anybody working with testing in an agile setting, as well as Scrum Master and managers who need a deeper understanding for the role testing plays in an agile team or organization.

Details

Duration: 2 Days
Language: Swedish or English
Teacher/Coach: Johan Jonasson

Abstract

Software projects today are often large and complex. This requires a test organization which is able to work with requirements and risks in a structured way. Structured testing includes clear goals, strategies and coverage. One important tool in structured testing is to use test design techniques. Test design techniques make it possible to create test cases with better precision, a more specific coverage and better prioritization.

Many testers know about test design theories, but for some reason, an aware usage of test design techniques is not very common in many test organizations.

During two days, the most common black box test design techniques will be explained in theory and with examples. Several exercises will help the students to understand how and when to apply the different techniques, like Equivalence Partitioning, Boundary Value Analysis, State-Transition testing, Decision-tables, Use-case testing and Pairwise testing.

This workshop can be extended with coaching if needed.

After the workshops, the real challenge is to actually apply the new skills in the everyday work. A period of coaching within the “real” work could be very beneficial, especially for less experienced testers. The coaching could be done with one tester at a time, or with smaller groups of testers. The coach can help with requirement analysis, test case reviews and creation, etc. All with a focus on black box test design techniques.

Course Objectives

To get the tester acquainted with test design techniques usable in daily work.

Who will benefit?

Testers, Test developers

Details

Duration: 2 Days. Can be extended with personal coaching.
Language: Swedish, Danish or English
Teacher/Coach: Carsten Feilberg

Abstract

Exploratory Testing (ET) is an approach to software testing that is concisely described as simultaneous learning, test design and test execution. Cem Kaner, who coined the term in 1983, now defines exploratory testing as “a style of software testing that emphasizes the personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester to continually optimize the quality of his/her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project.” That definition also says something about why Exploratory Testing is such a powerful approach, once mastered. Some prominent experts in the field have even gone so far as to equate the word “testing” with Exploratory Testing, while referring to test case-driven, scripted testing as “checking”.

Course objectives

Introducing Exploratory Testing and showing its powers as a structured way of challenging a product in order to learn about it, and introducing SBTM as a systematic approach to keeping the direction and provide accountability of the testing done.

Who will benefit?

Testers, test managers, project managers, developers, architects

Details

Duration: 2-day workshop
Language: English, Danish or Swedish
Teacher/Coach: Carsten Feilberg or Henrik Andersson

Abstract

Session-Based Test Management is a way to make the intangibles of Exploratory Testing more tangible. It was specifically developed as a framework to organize testing so as to optimize and stay focused on the more important parts, while keeping up with the flexibility and powerful adaptation to change that Exploratory Testing provides. It means we have a set of expectations for what kind of work will be done and how it will be reported. As in a recording studio, this work is done in “sessions.” Sessions range typically from 45 minutes to several hours, depending on the charter – or “mission statement”, which the tester will focus on – for that time. Learning to describe, select and prioritize charters, debriefing the vital information and constantly meet the needs of the stakeholders is fun, giving and also challenging, especially in fast-moving projects with tight schedules.

Course objectives

To introduce and help the students set up SBTM as their primary tool for directing test activities. The course involves real problem solving related to introducing SBTM in an organisation and gives the students various tools and insights that helps them solving these problems.

Who will benefit?

Test managers, testers (Knowledge of exploratory testing (ET) is recommended)

Details

Duration: 2-day workshop
Language: Danish or English
Teacher/Coach: Carsten Feilberg

Abstract

This workshop mixes practical exercises and theory briefings with the participants’ own learning goals. The students will experience what participating in an actual Scrum project can be like. We will have experiental designed exercises covering all roles, artifacts and ceremonies in Scrum but more important we focus on bringing understanding to the social science aspects of Agile. This to emphasize the importance of good communication and teamwork.

The last day focuses entirely on applying the knowledge participants have gained into the context of a project. This day is about making Scrum work for you, in your circumstances. It is an advantage (but not necessary) if there is a certain amount of time (e.g. 1 week) between the first two workshop days and the third. This to allow the participants the possibility of receiving knowledge, translating it into practice and being able to bring fresh problems and examples to the last day of the workshop.

Course objectives

The goal of this workshop is that you as a participant will get a basic understanding of how and why Scrum works, and gain an insight into how to apply this in practice.

Who will benefit?

Managers, developers, testers

Details

Duration: 3 Days
Language: Swedish, Danish or English
Teacher/Coach: Johan Jonasson or Henrik Andersson

The Rebels

Henrik Andersson

House of Test is my fuel, it is the platform to make ideas happen and it is our contribution to develop testing further. I co-founded this company to enable testers to live out their passion for testing in order to become the best skilled testers ever.

I believe that we grow and become better by sharing knowledge and learn from others. I do this through the context driven testing community where I am a well know and respected face and voice.

I’m co-founder of the world renowned Let´s Test conference with the purpose to provide a home and learning ground for our community.

Locally I’m founder and host of ConTest at FooCafe in Malmö where we share experiences and learn from each other to raise awareness of and to advance Context Driven Testing.

Internationally  I co-founded ISST (International Society for Software Testing). Our mission is to put common sense back into testing.

As you can see this not only my job, this is my life and I love it.

Johan Jonasson

Testing is a highly cerebral activity that breaks down if it’s limited by rigid processes, trapped in dense and senseless documentation or controlled by spreadsheet toting metric jockeys. Excellent testing requires skilled, passionate professionals who lets their work be guided by the information revealed by testing, rather than forced by a plan that became obsolete at first contact with the software. When I co-founded House of Test back in 2008, that was the kind of testing I wanted to learn more about, and today I can confidently call myself a leading expert in the field.

I’m a long-time member of the context-driven community of testers, where my work with the Let’s Test conferences, as one if the originators, is one of the contributions I’m most proud of today. I’m also one of the founding members and president of the International Society for Software Testing, which is a world-wide association of testers who work together to develop and promote approaches to software testing that emphasizes value and the role that skilled testers play in its delivery, as well as openly oppose and criticize practices that are wasteful or that seek to dehumanize testing

On the local level, I have helped create the EAST association for software testers, which is a local peer group centered around the Linköping region in Sweden, that meet up once a month to share experiences and help develop each other’s testing skills.

And I’m just getting started.

Georg Lysen

In co-founding House of Test, I saw an opportunity for freedom; a freedom from dictated models and confirmative thinking, a freedom to broaden my horizons and grow as a tester. Most of all, it’s a freedom to do a damn good job and it’s a freedom I take very seriously.

In my more than 15 years of working with IT, I have come across the good, the bad and the ugly within software development, all of which helped me build a broad base to stand on and approach any new situation with confidence and skill. It has also given me a great testing toolbox to choose and select from based on the unique context of any new project. Quality, as much as I love it, is not a one-man show and I aim to get everyone to feel engaged in the quality of the product by spreading my enthusiasm, sharing valuable information and having my bug reports be something even the developers look forward to receiving.

Carsten Feilberg

I might well be the test manager you are looking for.

I am seeking to help organisations to find better ways to do and use testing of the software they deal with, based on my deep technical knowledge combined with years of continuous study of testing as a craft. I practice testing myself still from time to time, and is quite enjoying it – but not when I am working as a manager. Well, you don’t ask your project manager to type in code either, do you? And I don’t have time for it then, because it takes a lot to spark peoples interest and motivation using coaching, teaching and encouragement – and keeping everyone on the track.

Ultimately I find testing to be about the ability to inform you about the product we are working on. In order to do so, all testers need to grow their knowledge about the product – and only learning can do that. In order to learn, we ask questions, explore, study and investigate. That is testing.

It’s not our job to manage test cases based on their status. That is checking, confirming, but not learning. It is our job to see what no one else have seen, to find what others missed and tell about it clearly and openly. And that is hard, but also fun and rewarding. When I see your smile because we have helped you get a confident and clear insight into the product we build, I know we are on the right track.

Martin Nilsson

I’m a kick ass tester with an incredibly wide spectrum of skills; from programming microprocessors to developing Continuous Integrations strategies for development organizations. My unusual combination of technical expertise and understanding of systems and organizations has made me a favourite to throw into highly complex situations on short notice.
Quote from my last customer for whom I in six months went from a System Tester to the Test Coordinator of a project with a hundred testers: “We didn’t believe your CV. We were wrong”. Not only do I perform my work excellently, I also spread my passion of Test to my colleagues, enabling their growth as well in their trade.

My drive comes from a curiosity of technology and people and I leverage this heavily in my passion for test. I’m able to outpace my competition by having my work as a hobby and therefore I’m constantly evolving my abilities in my craft.

Lars Sjödahl

I’m a technically curious tester with a burning interest in anything connecting software with the physical world, from small sensors to large moving constructions. With a background in engineering physics where I cleaned house with all courses at the department of electrical measurements, I’ve spent 13 years in research and development, mainly testing embedded software. With the unusual combination of both being at home in the borderland between software and hardware, and being an experienced context-driven tester, I’m the perfect choice for testing anything that interacts with the physical world. Being an evangelist for quick-to-develop, easy-to-change equipment such as Arduino, I’m used to helping testers take their tool-making to the next level, crafting the right tools for their own context, while tirelessly coming up with more questions to find ways to test, analyse and understand a product’s capabilities and limitations.

In my spare time I’m often improving my self-built 3D-printer, building and programming robots and hydroponic systems or building high powered rockets, which I’ve attained international certification to launch. I also cultivate an interest in genre films.

Andreas Cederholm

Testing is not just my livelihood, it is part of my identity. In order to constantly learn and improve to become a superhero tester I read and write test related blogs and books, presentations, discuss testing at test conferences or local test meet-ups and am an active part of the test community. I love to share my knowledge and passion for testing, and it shows in my work.

I have worked with world class test automation, creating automated checks and creating test framework, heavily based on requirements but have also worked with Session Based testing where information for test ideas were taken from multiple sources.

My experiences have taught me many important lessons and that above all, Context matters.

Johanna Forsberg

I am an awesome tester that is burning for what I do and not even a firefighter can put that fire out!

I started my career at The Incubator program by House of Test. In addition to working full time as a consultant I was additionally studying Test over ten hours each week for two years. I loved that challenge because I love to learn and grow increasingly better in my trade. During the two years in the Incubator program I have gone from a junior tester to a Test Lead with teams in multiple countries.

After the incredible time as an Incubator I joined the wonderful team at House of Test. Here I get inspired to become even better, to think more and to learn even more.

Arto Suominen

I am a tester who tackles testing challenges head on and gets results. Passion for testing, dedication to quality, and thirst for exploration are what makes me tick and what drives me towards excellent performance. This performance has been praised greatly by clients in various fields such as e-commerce and banking, some even being surprised that “testing can be done this well”.

I thrive under challenges, utilizing skills in session based test management, test automation, programming, to name a few. Combined with an inquisitive mind, I have the tools needed to work with in context.
Even though my experience is diverse, I always strive to learn more and improve. That, to me, is the meaning of life.

Bahaderjon Ahunov

I am an ambitious and driven left & right brain thinker with strong analytic skills and a passion for solving complex problems with no excuse attitude. I enjoy learning new things and  I’m able to identify and appreciate hundreds of different ways that small detail can be crashed in. I’m proud to say that I’m different and as a matter of fact testing requires one to be different beyond the formalities to catch that tremendous failure before reaching the end users and that is what impacts the success of any product.

In the long run testing is about giving the right feedback to the stakeholders right? Yes, but if that feedback isn’t a pragmatic one then the test activity wasn’t effective in its approach either.

Testing is about recognizing the uniqueness of a thing and exploring it in the light of that uniqueness.
That’s what makes the real difference.
That’s where I make a difference.

Bengt Sjöqvist

Equipped with a black belt in relationship building, I’m the guy you want to do business with. For me, it is important that any form of sale is customer focused – to know your needs and to have insight and knowledge of your pains, problems and everyday business. In this way, we establish a mutual trust and create a long-term relationship that is mutually beneficial for both parties.

My strong technical interest, together with my extensive experience of system development and management, allows me to understand your needs. But that is just half of the work… You also need the ability to match the assignment with a consultant with the right technical skills and maybe more importantly; the right personality.

As a former elite athlete, I’m used to setting goals and put a lot of effort in reaching and surpassing them. The co-workers at House of Test are all very driven, enthusiastic, sharp and clear, so I’m definitely working at the right company!

Erik Brickarp

I’m a powerful combination of passion, teaching and testing skills; with experience ranging from real-time, complex telecom systems to small, wow-factor mobile apps. My curiosity, passion and skill have helped me earn a reputation in the context-driven testing community as someone to keep an eye on. I blog, talk, coach, compete, practice and teach testing on a regular basis and constantly look for new challenges. All in all I take pride in being -the- role model and dare to call myself truly context driven, both as a tester and as a general problem solver.

Oh, did I mention I’m an experienced programmer as well? Oh, did I mention I’ve worked as a public speaker? Oh, did I mention I’ve worked as a teacher?

If you’re looking for a dedicated tester, passionate problem solver and inspiring role model, you’re in luck, cause I’m more than happy to help you!

Maria Kedemo

I see things. I see things that are different. I see different perspectives. I see how things are connected from the smallest detail to the larger picture. My passion radiates when I get to work with my holistic approach to software testing. I’m at my best when I can help an individual, a team or company to improve their testing skills, approach to testing and to take pride in what they do. By coaching others I also learn and improve my own skills; something that is extremely important to me.

I have a vast experience within software development where my main focus has been software testing and test management. What brings all the different roles and things I’ve done together is my drive to make things happen. It doesn’t matter whether it is about searching for information about the product I am testing or finding the right person to hire for my team.

Sharing my knowledge and discussing software testing related topics is something I love to do. So if you need some perspective on your software testing, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Bolette Stubbe Teglbjærg

When faced with testing problems, I attack them with courage, wits and a profound knowledge about testing from both practical experience and a strong theoretical basis. I easily become a highly valued part of any team I engage with, probably because I truly care for my fellow human beings and put a lot of importance into being present, curious and serious – spiced with my deeply rooted humor and contagious laughter. I simply make up good company and spread calmness and fun. I’m an advocate for Context-Driven Testing and understand how to implement it in all environments.
Thinking is important for me, and I’m always ready to challenge arguments that are just too shallow or unsupported. Even doing so with grace, I leverage the discussions and outcomes by raising the bar of professionalism.
Testing is about getting the right information to the right people at the right time, and by this creed I live and work.

Daniel Eklund

I have an extensive test and management career background ranging from test execution, test design, test automation, requirement analysis and negotiations, team lead, education of products to quality management. I also possess solid experience as scrum master and backlog owner, as well as manager/executive on project, program, sales and delivery level.

In whatever role, team or context I work, I take great pride in acting as an ambassador for quality and my passion and drive motivate and inspire my fellow colleagues.

My mind, ears and eyes are always open for new ideas or improvements and by my nature I always strive to exceed expectations.

Vivien Ibironke Ibiyemi

I’m a terrific tester with genuine interest in development and quality assurance of engineering products. My innovative demeanor makes me always willing to embrace new challenges. My techie mind inspires a lot of curiosity in me, making me an eager and fast learner of my client’s product. I have a unique, effective and efficient way of exploring a product, paying attention to details. Hunting bugs is more or less an hobby for me hence with me there’s no hiding place for bugs!

I’m highly skilled in setting the right priorities therefore testing the most important things first, so no wonder I find important problems. With a blend of competence in manual and automated testing and Scrum, my ability to effectively communicate and get along with team members while getting the job done makes me a valuable resource on projects. Context-driven testing is my way of life and I’m an ambassador of House of Test.

Göran Bakken

I’m an experienced and highly devoted tester who is very appreciated by customers. They value my consistent delivery of high quality results and my contribution of enthusiasm and commitment which spreads to the whole team. During my many different assignment I’ve become an expert in quickly identifying and getting deep knowledge of the critical parts of new systems . I’m known for having a relentless drive to improve everything I see and touch. I’m also constantly trying to improve myself as a tester by sharpening my technical skills but also to further develop my mental abilities. To improve I read books, blogs, attends conferences and seminars. I also take self studying courses and spend time on own projects. I have excellent communication skills and have on several occasions held seminars for customers on tools and test methodology. I take great pride in being an excellent tester, but even more in helping myself and others improve as testers every day.

Events

When we say that we encourage knowledge-sharing, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. We’re passionate about sharing our experiences and listening to others do the same. Testing is still a young profession and the way to maturity is through innovation, discussion and debates, not standards and proprietary methods. Ideas that we develop, we share. When we share them, they become stronger. If you want to meet us for a chat, this is where you’ll find us.

February

Feb
9
Mon
ConTest
Feb 9 @ 17:30 – 20:00

Henrik Andersson facilitates the ConTest meet-up. Topic  “how we influence others”.

http://www.foocafe.org/event/influens-paverkan-och-objektivitet

Feb
10
Tue
SAST, Örebro, Sweden
Feb 10 all-day

Erik Brickarp will be speaking about Security Testing.

Feb
26
Thu
Copenhagen Context, Copenhagen, Denmark
Feb 26 – Feb 28 all-day

House of Test will be represented by:

  • Johan Jonasson: Why opposing ISO 29119 is important
  • Bolette Teglbjærg: Why is Testing Low Status?
  • Andreas Cederholm: When to let go – An automation story

For more info, see: http://copenhagencontext.com/

May

May
25
Mon
Let’s Test, Stockholm, Sweden
May 25 – May 27 all-day
  • Maria Kedemo with Ben Kelly to host full day workshop on dimensions of testability
  • House of Test will also be present in full force.

For more info, see: http://lets-test.com/

March

Mar
11
Tue
Tasting Let’s Test, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Mar 11 all-day

Key Note:
– Henrik Andersson: “For Those About To Rock”
Sessions:
– Carsten Feilberg: “Embracing Exploratory Testing”
The Test Lab:
– Carsten Feilberg: “Practice Exploratory Testing”
http://lets-test.com/?page_id=2540

Mar
17
Mon
Effective Agile Testing, Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day

Johan Jonasson teaches this public course
http://www.informasweden.se/produkter/kurs/agil

May

May
8
Thu
Tecpoint, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 8 all-day

Carsten Feilberg presenting: “Harnessing Exploratory Testing with Heuristics”
http://tecpoint.dk/

May
21
Wed
CPH Software testing Meetup, May 21 Copenhagen, Denmark
May 21 all-day

Carsten Feilberg presenting: “Harnessing Exploratory Testing with Heuristics”
http://www.meetup.com/Copenhagen-Software-Testing-Meetup/events/164115622/

May
22
Thu
Think.Test, Lund, Sweden
May 22 – May 23 all-day

- Henrik Andersson, keynote: “Talking to Management”
– Martin Nilsson & Lars Sjödahl, workshop: “The Blink Test workshop”
– Martin Nilsson, presentation: “The Coffee cup is mightier then the keyboard”
– Andreas Cederholhm, presentation: “When to let go – An automation story”

May
26
Mon
Let’s Test, Stockholm, Sweden
May 26 – May 28 all-day

- House of Test present in full force
– Carsten Feilberg with Fiona Charles to hold workshop: “Change in Context”
http://lets-test.com/?page_id=2035

  • “Johanna Forsberg contributed greatly for us and her testing skills are widely recognized inside the company. One  example is that lately she and the test team she is in managed to catch hundreds of bugs in the web site to be launched in a matter of a week.”
    Jianhua Cao
    Director of Core Engineering, Mblox
  • “At ebay we strive to deliver outstanding experiences for our customers. In addition to building state of the art software this means that we do not compromise on testing quality. With House of Test we have found a passionate and competent partner to enhance our testing capabilities with large projects. House of Test has delighted us and I recommend them as a partner if you are equally passionate about having your products tested by world-class testers as we are.“

    Ilari Henrik Aegerter

    Manager Productivity & Test Engineering, Ebay

  • “I have used a number of outsourcing companies. House of Test is hands down the best group of testers I’ve worked with. Skilled, responsive and adaptable, these guys get testing. They get the need to add value to the client.”

    Ben Kelly, Software Testing Manager, Cerego

  • “House of Test has contributed greatly to our organization’s efficiency and quality through its extensive expertise, flexibility and proactivity. Our shared projects have kept time- and cost plans, with deliveries of precise data and documentation. We intend to continue our partnership with House of Test for a long time! “

    Sammy Almedal, Managing Director, JAK Medlemsbank

Context-Driven Testers

Being a context-driven tester means that when selecting your testing objectives, approaches and tools, you must first understand the details of the specific situation in which you are set to test. Only then can we as testers, through skill and judgement, apply the appropriate solution.

The opposite of context-driven is to be driven by best practices. A best practice tester will tell you that if you only apply his or her “internationally recognized standard”, all your problems will vanish, regardless of your actual context. Being driven by best practices is the embodiment of Maslow’s Hammer concept: “When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem in the world will look like a nail.”

Or to put it another way: The best practice tester comes to your company with a hammer and asks what needs pounding. The context-driven tester comes to your company and learns what you need, and then we go to get our tool box to see what tools might be useful.

History

House of Test was founded in 2008 by Henrik Andersson, Johan Jonasson and Georg Lysén. We started the company because we had grown fed up with watching other consultant companies trying to be the one to offer the lowest prices and most exaggerated “best practice” testing solutions. We wanted to fight against the commoditization of software testing and show the superior value of skilled testing, thoughtfully executed.

We built House of Test on a foundation of skill, drive and professionalism and we’ve shown countless times over the years that we excel in those areas.

It’s lonely at the top, but we can’t imagine ourselves anywhere else. And we’re not going away anytime soon.

What’s up

  • Tapir Fever: A heuristic on conference speaking

    Four months ago my first proposal for a conference was accepted. It’s been an interesting journey in unknown territory. The conference is in two days. Lately on Twitter there’s a lot of talk on the Speak Easy program and on gender…

  • Releasable is not the same as Release Worthy

    In a previous assignment we were introducing a continuous integration type of process to allow us to deliver code faster and in smaller parts to the main codebase. The idea was that each code delivery should be extensively checked by…

  • How ISTQB made me feel bad about good testing

    In the beginning of my career I was assigned to test a part of a very complex automotive system. The project was behind schedule and a fixed release date was closing fast. In the automotive industry there are fixed release dates…

  • Two recent interviews with Henrik Andersson

    Two recent interviews with Henrik Andersson have been published. In Testing Circus Henrik speaks about the risks and problems with the new testing standard ISO 29119. In Tea-time with Testers Henrik gives his thought on recruiters, how we train skilled…

  • What a wonderful year it has been!

    For once i had some time during the holiday time to reflect on the past year and what a wonderful year it has been. We have had the opportunity to welcome several new people. Bolette, Daniel, Vivien, Erik, Göran, Maria…

  • Why I signed the STOP ISO 29119 petition

    First of all I must say that I’m sad that such an infected debate between various factions continue to rage in the testing community. It seems to entrench the various views and making it harder for to build bridges between…

  • Response to Tour Testing

    I came across this article http://konsultbolag1.se/tour-testing (in Swedish) about how Exploratory Test (ET) and Tour testing can be a good complement to scripted/manual testing. It covers problems and benefits associated to the approach. When I first skimmed through this article…

  • Test vs Vacation

    I have started to plan for my next vacation and it struck me how similar it is to testing. From planning the trip to the actual travel. Here are a couple of points that sprung to mind. Scripted vs exploratory…

  • An unscripted unit test tool

    Yesterday I ran in to a bit of a debugger bashing with a couple of people disowning the debugger with statements like “I noticed as soon as my students got access to a debugger [rather than just ‘print’ statements], their…

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