QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series – Featuring Stan Jónsson

Our sixth featured speaker who will be at QA or the Highway is Stan Jónsson.

1. What attracted you to speaking at QA or the Highway this year?

I saw a call for speakers on  The conference looked interesting and I felt I had a talk that could add value to the topic.  

2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?

I have not attended before, so I am quite excited to experience it for the first time.  In general, just to take it all in and learn what is new and exciting in the world of testing.

3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway 2016?

Get out of your comfort zone and pick sessions that will broaden your horizon.  Network and get to know other great testers.

4. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your grow as a professional?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey and Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh are great self improvement books.  Get the audio books and listen during your commute or while out for a walk!

5. What do you enjoy about the aspect of testing?

The end result.  Knowing that my production code will have fewer issues and that my end users are more likely to have pleasant user experience.

6. What do you think is the most important skill(s) software testers should have?
Analytical and logical thinking.  Communication skills.  Curiosity and the desire to keep improving.
7. What advice would you give to new testers or to those looking to find their “testing spark” for reigniting their passion for testing?
Learn new technologies.  Learn test automation and the latest ATDD frameworks.  Understand that development and testing are very intertwined.  Build good relationships with developers!

Stan will be speaking on a session entitled “Testing Web Services”.

You can find Stan’s session information or more information about QA or the Highway 2016 by going to the following links:

You can learn more about Stan at and can follow him on Twitter @sjonsson

Previous speakers featured from the QA or the Highway 2016 – Speaker Series:

Matt Heusser 
Bhupesh Dahal
Erik Davis
Karen Johnson 
Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

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