Ard is a software tester from the Netherlands and is working for OrangeCrest. He calls himself a Qualisopher which stands for someone “who loves truth and wisdom and at the same time is decisive to improve man and his environment”. This means he is interested in the world around us, to see what he can learn and subsequently apply in software testing. That is one of the reasons why Ard tells stories in books and at (test) conferences such as EuroStar, Expo:QA, TestWarez, TestingCup, Romanian Testing Conference. Besides working in IT he is also active as a sport (volleyball) coach and chair of the music school in his town.
Your performance is a combination of a broad range of capabilities, such as IT skills, knowledge, critical thinking but also your state of mind. The state of mind is one of the most underestimated factors of your performance. For this reason, sport psychology is a booming business: A good state of mind will make the difference between a top or a flop performance. Not only in sports also in your IT performance. In his presentation „The testflow“ Ard will apply his knowledge from sport psychology to make the audience aware of their mental capacities. If you are aware of these capacities you can reach the situation of utmost concentration: the test flow. He will use examples from a well-known test situation, during session-based testing.