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About Nicola


I'm Nicola Lindgren (née Owen), a New Zealander living in Malmö, Sweden.

As a tester I’m constantly looking for ways to grow and learn; whether that be through taking courses, reading blogs or bouncing ideas off people I look up to in the field. 

If you want to find out more about me check out my LinkedIn Profile or follow me on Twitter.

This blog is an attempt to document my learning journey. As I write this blog, I'm sure that my opinions on testing will develop and change. I'm learning, exploring and seeing what's out there.

I'm keen to explore and understand new/different ideas about testing - feel free to reach out to me on deament @ gmail dot com

When I'm not testing you'll find me playing board games and running/gymming sporadically (still working on building that habit).

Past Talks and Workshops 

EC Utbildning - Online - December 2020
Life as a Tester 

Guest Webinar with TestCraft - Online - October 2020
Learning to ask for testability

SAST Öresund Q2 Mötet - Malmö, Sweden - 15 May, 2019
Learning to ask for testability

TestBash Essentials - Brighton, UK - April 3, 2019
Learning to ask for testability

ThinkTest - Lund, Sweden - March 21, 2019
Reducing the fear of go-live

ScanAgile - Helsinki, Finland - March 14-15, 2019
Bringing in change when you don't have a leadership title

Agile Testing Days - Potsdam, Germany - November 11-16, 2018
Bringing in change when you don't have a leadership title

Belgrade Test Conference - Belgrade, Serbia - November 7-8, 2018
What I wish I knew in my first year of testing

House of Test Conference - Malmö, Sweden - 26 May 2018
Reducing the fear of go-live

Oredev 2017 - Malmö, Sweden - November 8-10, 2017
Reducing the fear of go-live

TestBash Belfast 2017 - Belfast, Ireland - May 18, 2017
Testing so you can move on

Romanian Testing Days 2017 - Cluj, Romania - May 10-12, 2017
Testing so you can move on

EuroSTAR 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden - November 1-3, 2016
What I wish I knew in  my first year of Testing

Session Based Test Management - October 25-26 2016
I was the co-presenter of a 2 day workshop at Unity 

Let's Test 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden - May 23-25, 2016
The Art of Picking Your Battles

TestBash 2016 - Brighton, UK - March 10-11, 2016
Nowhere to Hide: Adjusting to Being a Team’s Sole Tester

EC Utbildning - Malmö, Sweden - September 2015
Life as a Tester 

WeTest Auckland Meetup - Auckland, New Zealand - July 2014
Bug Advocacy: How to do a great job reporting and managing bugs


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