My passion has always been the human mind. First I focused on my own, trying to understand the ins and outs of why I think, behave and react in certain ways and how to improve that. As I got older my focus gradually switched outwards to people in general. Today I describe my drive as "facilitating human growth"; I want to understand what makes people the best version of themselves and how to help them get there.
With all that being said: I'm an engineer and I still have a sound understanding of technology. Overall I'm not against working with technology but people need to be the main focus for me to be engaged.
I'm a positive, high energy person that gets noticed in a group. I like being the center of attention but in that role I'm more of a "facilitator of communication" rather than an "all eyes on me" kind of person. I create communities and help people speak with other people.
My social trademark is to be outspoken but still make very few enemies.
I'm currently group manager at Veoneer and it's the role I've enjoyed the most as well as the role where I personally think I've performed the best. My strength as a manager is finding ways to make people thrive while still contributing towards a common goal.
Depending on the testing experience in an organization I can either take more of a facilitating role (coach smart people to take even smarter decisions) or more of a mentoring role (I'll use my experience, leadership and teaching skills to guide them). Testing interests me less and less though so even if I'm still active in many testing forums I've taken a big step in a more non-tech focused direction.
I've been studying agile since around 2008, been an "agile evangelist" since not long after and was previously an agile coach at Veoneer/Arriver. I'm also fairly active in the local agile community and have a background as a product owner.
This is something I've worked a lot with without it being "my main role". For instance I've had an active role in an agile transformation at Ericsson, test process improvements at Zenterio and all sorts of big and small changes at Verisure and Veoneer/Arriver.
2017 I attended Jason Little's Lean Change Management workshop.
I'm an experienced facilitator and community manager so this is a role that once again fits well with my skillset. It's also something I've done as part of my work as test coach (Verisure), tester (Ericsson) and agile coach (Veoneer/Arriver).
I have a background in both coaching, teaching, course followups, organizing learning events and finding courses for colleagues. So I'm probably one of the more complete packages you'll find when it comes to managing education and/or developing employees.
I can test software and have nothing against doing that as long as it's not my main responsibility. What I prefer more though is to coach developers or testers in testing either by pair-testing with them or by facilitating risk/test meetings where we work out how we'll cover a particularily complex thing to test.
|2021-||Group Manager at Veoneer|
|2020-2021||Agile Coach at Veoneer/Arriver|
|2016-2020||Test Coach and Tech Coach at Verisure Innovation|
|2015-2016||Test Expert and Product Owner at Zenterio (via House of Test)|
|2014-2015||Teacher at EC Vocational University (via House of Test)|
|2013-2014||Software Tester at Verisure Innovation|
|2007-2013||Software Tester at Ericsson|
|2004-2007||Graduated as Electronics Engineer at JTH|
|2003-2004||Military Service, final rank: First Sergeant|
Courses and Education
|2021||ICF Accredited Diploma in Coaching|
|2018||The 3 Pillars of Leadership|
|2017||Lean Change Management|
|2017||Linköping's Continuous Delivery workshop|
|2017||Software Center's Test Automation workshop|
|2015||Problem Solving Leadership|
|2014, 2013||Let's Test|
|2013-||Transpection Tuesday with Helena Jeret-Mäe|
|2012||Invited to SWET 4|
|2012||Rapid Software Testing|
|2008||Intermediate Java at Init|
|2014-2022||Teacher, later guest speaker at EC Education (vocational university)|
|2017-2019||Speaker exchange programs with Axis, Nethouse and SilverSpin|
|2019, 2014||Speaker at DevLin|
|2018, 2017, 2015||Speaker at Nordic Testing Days, Tallinn|
|2016||Speaker at PEST|
|2016||Speaker at Let's Test, Stockholm|
|2015||Speaker at SAST Örebro|
|2015||Speaker at CAST, Grand Rapids MI|
|2014||Speaker at SWET 7|
|2013||Speaker at CAST, Madison WI|
|2013-||Speaker at ConTest|
|2006-2007||Student Ambassadeur at JTH|
|2019||Organizer of SMELL|
|2019||Organized an RST follow up|
|2018||Organizer of a private tester event with James Bach|
|2017||Organizer of SWET 8|
|2016||Co-started TestSverige (currently 850 members)|
|2016||Organizer of SWETish|
|2012-||Speaker/organizer of EAST events|
|2001-2006||Board member in Mojn LAN Organizing|
|2019||Wrote an 18 articles long series about my own learning process|
|2014||Competed in Software Testing World Cup, my team finished 3rd in Europe|
|2014||Hand-picked for a test management education program|
|2013||Hand-picked for Rich Robinson's Miagi Do test lead challenge|
|2012||Wrote my first wide spread "tech article"|
|2011-2012||Board member in Apellunden, Local housing society|
|2005-2007||Leader for JTH's student soccer and volleyball|
I will make things happen fast and my lack of patience has motivated me to become an expert learner. Things that cannot be rushed can easily frustrate me though and I'm generally more prone to errors when doing things that require a slow, methodical approach. This has subsided somewhat though with age (for better and worse) but it's still worth noting.
I can be an invaluable catalys in projects that are either just starting up or have stalled. I'm also flexible in where you put me and generally don't mind being moved around. My energy gradually drops though as things become routine and I also tend to sometimes take on too many tasks at once.
I'm very open with how I think and I expect a certain level of transparency back. My openness makes people share sensitive information with me which, combined with my coaching skills, helps me deal with things before they become problems. In organizations with low transparency though I can become a disruption.
"It's not unprofessional to have fun but to do something in a boring way that could just as well be done in a fun way, that's unprofessional"
//Klas Hallberg (translated from Swedish)
I live by this quote and spread a lot of smiles and laughs around me. I'm also skilled at identifying and eliminating "energy drainers". Sometimes I take the fun part one step too far however and have come across as not taking things serious enough.
|Languages||Swedish, English, Tech, Corporate|
|Driver's licence||Swedish standard driver's license|
|Programming||HTML/JS/CSS, Java, PHP, MySQL, C#, Python, Assembler...|
|Spare time||Three kids (born 2010-2013), disc golf, board games, badminton, programming, psychology, NHL|