Testing Ask Me Anything - Career Building

10th January 2023
  • Locked
Lena Nyström's profile
Lena Nyström

Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker

Testing Ask Me Anything - Career Building image
Is management and leadership the only way to go?
How to know when it's time to move on, change to a new position and/or to a new company?
How can team leaders progress if they do not want to go into management?
How can you achieve the perfect balance of management and technical skills?
What does a software tester portfolio look like and how do you build one?
What are the long term pros and cons of going down a specialist career path in QA?
As I move to a more senior role in QA I fear I'm losing the detailed domain knowledge and up to date domain knowledge I'm used to having when in a team. Do you have tips for how to shift left change focus when you're in a transitional state in your role or career?
How do I get my first job as a tester when so much job descriptions want at least two years experience and developer skills for automated checks?
Do you think knowledge specific to your domain or a more general test/QA knowledge focus is more beneficial for progressing your career in test?
Do you have to have long term goals and if so, why?
How can one stand out in a company with manual testing?hapter Title
Our host Vernon Richards was joined by Lena Pejgan Wiberg.
There are people who follow a clear path from graduation until retirement. For the rest of us, career building can be messy, accidental, painful and/or take us in unexpected directions. We might feel stuck, want to get a more senior position, want to switch to something completely different or just feel that we don't even know what the next "career step" would be. In this session, Lena shared her experience with building and switching careers!

This Testing Ask Me Anything is sponsored by PractiTest.
PractiTest is an end-to-end test management solution to organize, run, and visualize all your QA efforts in one centralized hub. It incorporates all testing types: manual, exploratory, and automation for any testing methodology.  Robust built-in integrations provide a streamlined process and improve team communication. View and share real-time test results using advanced customizable reports to make smarter decisions and release better software, faster.
Lena Nyström's profile'

Lena Nyström

Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker

Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.
Suggested Content
Explore MoT
Test Exchange
A skills and knowledge exchange to enhance your testing, QA and quality engineering life
MoT Foundation Certificate in Test Automation
Unlock the essential skills to transition into Test Automation through interactive, community-driven learning, backed by industry expertise
This Week in Testing
Debrief the week in Testing via a community radio show hosted by Simon Tomes and members of the community