Tester of the Year

Tester of the Year is testing recognition award, that has been annually given to a tester in a Tieturi spring testing event for the testing audience.

Tester of the Year candidate should have:

  • inspired colleagues or other organizations to better testing
  • brought ideas and trends from the world to the finnish testing community
  • had positive impact on formation of testing culture in his/her own company or community in general
  • had impact on the results of testing (test coverage, found issues etc) in his/her own company or community in general
  • done testing-related innovations, rationalizing improvements of developed new kinds of ways to do testing
  • had impact on the birth and growth of testing profession in Finland
  • had positive impact on Finnish testing culture and testers profession
  • OR in other ways improved the possibilities to do testing

Testers of the Year

2016: Jari Haikala (Prove)
2015: Maria Lillvik (Symbio)
2014: Jarkko Tauriainen (Prove)
2013: Minna Aalto (Knowit)
2012: Antti Niityviita (Prove Expertise)
2011: Jussi Kesti (Nice-Business Solutions)
2010: Tero Jyrinki (Endero)
2009: Ville Vuorenoja (Digia)
2008: Erkki Pöyhönen (Tieto)
2007: Nina Janhunen (Endero)

You can receive the recognition award only once – once the Tester of the Year, always a Tester of the Year.

Choosing the Tester of the Year

Finnish Association for Software Testing has collaborated with Tieturi to choose the Tester of the Year. When the time of choosing approaches, we review the criteria, accept the nominees and review away donald duck’s leaving unnamed and named testers on the voting list – regardless of whether they are FAST members. Voting is public and open to all, and we announce it also on FAST email list. When the selection is done, publishing the winner happens in Tieturi’s testing seminar in spring by FAST boards members. A principle behind the choice of collaboration partner is that Tieturi has been flexible in organizing afforfable-price large testing community reaching seminars with testing-specific themes.

Nominees by year:

2016
Teemu Vesala
Sami Venäläinen
Jari “Tunna” Haikala
Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Tomas Czarnecki

2015
Atte Kettunen, Oulun Yliopisto
Jussi Rautio, Knowit
Maria “Lilli” Lillvik, Symbio Finland Oy
Elina Söderblom, Eficode
Kari Kakkonen, Knowit

2014
Jarkko Tauriainen Prove Expertise Oy
Maaret Pyhäjärvi Granlund
Katja Miettinen Nordea
Mattias Andersson Paf
Eero Hyytinen Knowit

2013
Minna Aalto Knowit
Ru Cindrea Altom Consulting
Pekka Klärck Eliga
Rodica Moldovan Softability Group Oy
Maaret Pyhäjärvi Granlund
Soile Sainio Nordea
Esa Vaarala Prove Expertise Oy

2012
Pekka Klärck Eliga Oy
Jussi Kolhinen Endero Oy
Antti Komulainen Ambientia Oy
Petri Kuikka F-Secure
Anssi Lehtelä Qentinel
Pekka Marjamäki F-Secure Corporation
Antti Niittyviita Prove Expertise Oy
Juha Pomppu Symbio Finland
Maaret Pyhäjärvi Ilmarinen

2011
Minna Aalto Endero Oy
Jussi Kesti Nice Business Solutions
Sauli Kotisaari HiQ Finland
Petri Kuikka F-Secure
Petteri Lyytinen Uoma
Antti Niittyviita Prove Expertise Oy
Olli-Pekka Puolitaival VTT
Maaret Pyhäjärvi Ilmarinen
Arto Stenberg Symbio Finland
Nikolina Zidar Lionbridge

2010
Jonas Hinkkanen Flander/Symbio
Marjut Hämeenaho Tekla Oyj
Tero Jyrinki Endero Oy
Kari Kakkonen Endero Oy
Rauli Kaksonen Codenomicon
Markku Mäntysaari HiQ Finland
Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Mikko Rehu Nice Business Solutions
Marko Soukko PAF
Jukka Talvio Varian
Tuomas Tohkoja Nokia Oyj
Towo Toivola F-Secure Corporation
Teemu Vesala Qentinel

2009
Kari Kakkonen Endero
Juuso Sohlo Nice Business Solutions
Päivi Nummelin TietoEnator / Tietokarhu
Nimetön testausinsinööri
Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Jonna Sundman Elan-IT
Ville Vuorenoja Digia
Petri Kuikka F-Secure

2008
Erkki Pöyhönen Tieto
Henri Grönblom Endero
Maaret Pyhäjärvi F-Secure
Juha Itkonen TKK
Matti Vuori Plenware
Jukka Talvio Varian