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About Kari Kakkonen
Mr. Kari Kakkonen has released the Dragons Out! book that is a software testing book for children and adults. Check the progress of the book project website at www.dragonsout.com! Kari is also a co-author of Agile Testing Foundations book.
Mr. Kari Kakkonen has M.Sc. in Industrial Management with Minor in Information Technology from Aalto University (aalto.fi). He has also studied in University of Wisconsin-Madison (wisc.edu) in United States. He has ISTQB Expert Level Test Management Full, ISTQB Agile Tester, Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist and DASA DevOps certificates, and works mostly with agile testing, lean, test automation and DevOps. He has been working with testing tool implementations, software development and testing processes, software development and testing projects, consulting, and training since 1996. He has worked for various industries, including banking, telecom, embedded software, public sector, commerce.
Kari Kakkonen is working in Finland at Knowit (knowit.fi), which is a Nordic ICT services company well-known for testing consultancy and software development, and other innovative ICT related services. He is one of the most sought for agile testing trainers and consultants in Finland and abroad, and has particular skill in getting his audience to understand the software testing concepts and getting people inspired to thrive for better in their work.
Kari is Treasurer of Finnish Software Testing Board FiSTB (fistb.fi), ISTQB Executive Committee memberf 2015-2021 (istqb.org), board member of Finnish Association of Software Testers (testausosy.fi), former auditor of Robot Framework Foundation (robotframework.org/foundation), and member of Agile Finland (agile.fi). He has been included in Finnish IT Week (Tietoviikko) –magazine’s 100 most influential people in IT 2010 –listing.
Kari sings in Drambuie Singing Group, paddles with sea kayak and chairs the kayaking club Drumsö Kanotister and snowboards away in Finnish hills and the Alps. Kari is happily married with one son.
You can find Kari in Twitter (twitter.com/kkakkonen) and LinkedIn (fi.linkedin.com/in/karikakkonen).
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Building on the ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester syllabus, this book covers Agile principles, methods, techniques and tools in the context of software testing. The book is perfect for software testers interested in the benefits of Agile testing, working in an Agile environment or undertaking the ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester exam.
The book talks about adventures of two children, Laura and Tom, who tumble into dragons annoying villages and castles. They learn about different dragons and how to defeat them with the help of knights. The children grow into exceptional dragon experts.
Stories are explained in information technology and software testing terms and concepts, e.g. a dragon represents a software defect, and knights represent testers and developers. Reading parallels is an easy-to-understand way of learning.
In this book, Kari Kakkonen combines his passion into fantasy and software testing in a new and fascinating way, creating an enjoyable experience for the readers.
The book is suitable for ages of 9-99, although it is written for children.
“I love the idea of bringing testing and dragons together. Explaining testing ideas in this way is great for new testers to give them a broad idea of the depth of testing. The stories can sit on their own for children as well, and may encourage them to think about how they could test some of the apps they use.”
Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc, co-author of three books on agile testing.