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Happy conference visits and good conversations

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The last few months have been a barrage of conference visits, some online, some physically. I was extremely happy to discuss with the audience during and after the talks. In some, I was a speaker, in some an exhibitor and in one a volunteer! Anyway, Dragons Out fantasy theme to teach children some software testing works. People like it and recommend it to others. I'll have to buy some more books for my conference talk book sales. You can always check where to buy the books here , or just google Dragons Out. The success of the conferences is great but I'm actually even happier that the free Creative Commons presentation Dragon Lesson in Software Testing attracts many volunteers to translate it into local languages for the joy and use of local teachers. To date, the presentation https://www.dragonsout.com/p/presentation-for-teachers.html has been published in 18 languages. It exists in Finnish and English written by me, and there are Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Georgian, Germ

Tester of the Year Kari Kakkonen and softcover campaign

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I'm most pleased about finally winning Finland's Tester of the Year Award . Thank you to all who voted! This award especially looks back to the previous year, so it took a specific look into what happened in 2021. It also observes the careers of the candidates. And I did a lot: the Dragons Out book was rolled out in Finnish (Dragons Out! - lohikäärmeistä, ritareista ja ohjelmistotestauksesta), published and rolled out in English (Dragons Out! - a book about dragons, knights and software testing), and the donation campaign to schools was brought to a conclusion and handed to the Minister of Education in Finland. Obviously, my long career in software testing paid its part. But I do think that finally, the Dragons Out book project gave enough reasons for people to vote for me! Thanks again. Dragons Out initiative to teach software testing to children with such a unique approach has definitely been proven sound. EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award last year and now the Tester of the

School coursebook use, voting Tester of the Year, and other news

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First of all, it would be great if you could support me in winning the Tester of the Year 2021 award in Finland. I think the rollout of Finnish and English Dragons Out software testing books greatly justifies the win : ). I already won the EuroSTAR Testing Excellence Award last year, but I'd very much like this Finnish award, too. You can help by voting - just click here , find my name (Kari Kakkonen) and select it, and then scroll down to click "lähetä" (send). Then, I'd like to give you an update about how schools use the Dragons Out book and its free support material  to teach software testing. It is primarily used in math and coding classes but also in other classes. Listen to the recordings of the webinar on how the book and free resources work in schools in Finnish  or in English . The webinars detail my advice and the best practices gathered from teachers who've already used the book as teaching material. The time to think about the Dragons Out book as a

Publishing in English done, new ventures starting

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The year 2021 is over, and 2022 is starting! For Dragons Out Oy, 2021 was the "English publishing year".  Dragons Out! book English Edition was launched on July 30th, 2021 and delivered to those who preordered the book over the next few months. Next in line, there are translation projects, other interesting Dragons Out initiatives, and of course, lots of marketing and school cooperation. So, after many reviews, the English edition of Dragons Out! - the book about dragons, knights and software testing, was published on July 30th, 2021. It was a soft launch due to the holiday season. The deliveries rolled out to all those who preordered in the next few months. Covid-19 pandemic played its role making the delivery times extremely unpredictable. It didn't help that the EU treatment of UK deliveries due to Brexit changed on July 1st. Some shipments would go through in a few days, and some would take a few months. To my understanding everyone, who preordered the book through me

Alumnus of Aalto University thanks his Alma Mater

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I got interviewed by my Alma Mater, the Aalto University, to their alumni stories article series. It was a good time for the interview now after winning the Award. The university, and student time in general, gave so much for me, some essential keys to building a life. Aalto University published the interview in both Finnish and English. Dragons out! Kari Kakkonen johdattaa lapset ohjelmistotestauksen maailmaan fantasian voimalla , Aalto University 9.12.2021 Dragons out! Kari Kakkonen employs fantasy to lead children into the world of software testing , Aalto University 9.12.2021 Looking back to my student years and what thas happened after that, I can see a continuum that started there, found a new place in working life and in volunteer associations, and finally helped children to learn software testing. Everything affects everything, me thinks! I can thoroughly recommend Aalto University. A great place to go to study, a great place to be alumni.

Dragons Out donation campaign press release

Testing books donated to schools: Republish of Knowit press release on the Dragons Out book donation campaign Link to original press release in English at Knowit.eu corporate website. Link to original press release in Finnish  at Knowit.fi Link to donation news in Finnish  at Knowit.fi. Link to Dragons Out donation campaign page https://www.dragonsout.com/p/donation-campaign.html Supporting the future society’s needs: Knowit’s charity campaign donated hundreds of children's software testing books Finnish ICT companies and associations have risen to the challenge issued by Knowit to donate software testing books to schools around Finland. The campaign aimed to better meet tomorrow’s ICT society’s needs by providing software education to developers and testers of the next generations. ICT sector’s effort towards the school world got official recognition when the donation campaign culminated by giving a Diploma of Donated Books to the Finnish Minister of Education, Li Andersson, in

Dragons Out! made it to the Best New Software Testing Books

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Dragons Out! made it to the Best New Software Testing Books I'm happy to announce that my book, "Dragons Out!", made it to  BookAuthority's Best New Software Testing Books BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honour to get this kind of recognition. Thank you for all your support! The book is available for purchase  on Amazon  as well as on my publisher  Austin Macauley shop . This is especially great recognition, too, because the  Agile Testing Foundations -book that I co-authored in 2015 has made it to the Best Software Testing Books of All Time list!