Speakers’ Spotlight: Tomaž Nahtigal

Speakers’ Spotlight: Tomaž Nahtigal

We were eager to meet Tomaž Nahtigal. So here is our interview with him. 🙂

Interviewer: So, tell us, who is Tomaž Nahtigal?

Tomaž: The answer to this question is constantly changing. 🙂 I think most of my friends would describe me as someone who is relaxed and easy to talk to.

In my life I seek a mix of enjoyment and adversity; I guess this is why I often meander between different things and interests.

I studied Electronics and started my career at the Laboratory for Integrated Circuit Design at the Faculty for Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana. Later on I switched from academia to industry and worked primarily as an embedded software developer for safety critical system. In the last decade I’ve had different roles, starting as a Developer, Verification Engineer through Technical Lead and Test Lead. I’m currently part of the medical team at Comtrade Digital Services.

Besides hanging out with my friends and family, practicing taijiquan is a source of enjoyment and climbing boulders a source of challenge in my life.


Interviewer: What is your personal definition of QA and testing in the light of today’s?

Tomaž: When developing software for a medical device, one needs to ensure conformance to the IEC 62304 standard, therefore I don’t have the luxury of a personal definition. 🙂 But beyond standards, processes and tools, I think QA needs to be part of the “culture” of the team. Just following practices and not understanding the motivation does not adequately ensure quality. As for testing, I believe what distinguishes the really great testers from the rest, is a hacker mindset. A great tester consistently asks the question “How can I break this?”


Interviewer: How was the last 12 months? What worked well, what didn’t move as quickly as you would have liked?

Tomaž: It was a very busy 12 months. There were projects that were successfully closed, some that are still pending and lots of new interesting opportunities. I managed to spend time outdoors and take part in some adventures, which I really enjoyed.


Interviewer:Where do you see yourself in the coming years? What are your career aspirations?

Tomaž: I’ll continue learning new skills, technical and otherwise. I hope that our medical team keeps growing and that we can work on interesting and challenging projects.


Interviewer: What will you be talking about at Quest for Quality?

Tomaž: I’ll be talking about the challenges related to testing in the era of Connected Health and more specifically about the lessons we learned when testing a Bluetooth connected medical device and it’s ecosystem.


Interviewer: What inspired you to attend?

Tomaž: I attended the Q4Q conference two years ago in Ljubljana. It was a great event, with great talks. This year when the opportunity arose to take part as a speaker, I took it.


Interviewer: Which influencers and websites do you follow to keep up to date with the latest developments?

Tomaž: I read a lot of content from Hacker News, Medium, Wired, Hackaday.


Interviewer: How can people find out more about what you are working on?

Tomaž: Sitting down for a coffee with me, would be the best way. But you can also find me on the CDS blog.


Interviewer: Anything else you would like to add?

Tomaž: Looking forward to see you in Dublin!