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Konferenzprogramm 2022

Thema: Learning

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  • Dienstag
    03.05.
, (Dienstag, 03.Mai 2022)
13:00 - 13:45
Di1.3
Insights from children about testing; how children who've read the Dragons Out book about software testing learn.
Insights from children about testing; how children who've read the Dragons Out book about software testing learn.

The popular Dragons Out book about software testing is much liked. Schools have used the free supporting software testing presentation to organize a lesson or two to talk about software testing. I've interviewed children about how they learned software testing and what do they think about it. Now it is time to reveal the secrets of how children learn to test. There are also insights into how adults could learn in a much more effective and fun way. We'll talk about storytelling as a way to learn but also of hands-on practice and fun as an essential learning element. I'll also recap the Dragons Out book project.

Target Audience: Anyone interested in expanding the testing profession.
Prerequisites: No pre-requisites.
Level: Basic

Extended Abstract:
The popular Dragons Out book about software testing is much liked. It has been read in schools. Children have read it on their own after receiving the book from teachers or parents. Schools have used the free supporting software testing presentation to organize a lesson or two to talk about software testing. Especially coding and mathematics classes have been suitable for software testing learning.

I've been a guest lecturer in several classes at advanced schools. On those occasions, I've interviewed children about how they learned software testing and what do they think about it. Now it is time to reveal the secrets of how children learn to test. There are also insights into how adults could learn in a much more effective and fun way. We'll talk about storytelling as a way to learn but also of hands-on practice and fun as an essential learning element.

I'll also recap the book project briefly. I chose to write a book about software testing targeted to children to help in the great lack of software testing in the ICT business, the lack that just seems to be increasing. I also wanted to show people an alternative route into the exciting world of software. It is not only the coding that exists in the software world. The process took almost three years, but in that time I have founded a company for the book project, written the book in Finnish, had numerous pilot readers and review rounds, translated the book to English, found publishers for both Finnish and English editions, organized a crowd-funding campaign, gave many lectures at schools and conference speeches at event and fairs. The project culminated in associations and companies donating books to schools and a diploma of donations being handed to the Minister of Education. And finally, of course, I as the author getting the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award, which I feel is not only about my 25 years of dedication to the software testing community but especially this book for children initiative.

Mr. Kari Kakkonen is the 2021 EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award 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.

Kari Kakkonen
Kari Kakkonen
Vortrag: Di1.3
Themen: Learning

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