Meet Mia Johansson, Project Manager, Quality Assurance Specialist and accomplished storyteller

How did you become interested in tech?

My mum worked at Ericsson and I spent my summers helping out there. Over time I became more and more interested in tech and the challenges they were working to solve there. I decided to study Computer Engineering at Umeå University. 

How long have you been working with tech?

I’ve been in the business for 20 years. I did my thesis at Ericsson and went on to work there. First with development, followed by testing. After a couple of years, I started a business with some friends, where I specialized in quality assurance across multiple industries. That’s where I came into contact with Data Ductus. I eventually joined the company in 2015.

What does a typical day at work involve?

It’s varied. I’m a Quality Assurance Specialist and Project Manager. I’m developing our ways of working and managing a team of developers and projects, all with the same goal – to ensure we deliver the highest quality to our customers. In a ”typical day” I sit in scrum meetings, talk to customers and assess and refine processes and performance.

What’s most interesting about your job?

It’s the variation. I work with teams and clients in Asia, Europe and North America – that’s a broad time and cultural span. I have a holistic view of projects and can help our consultants meet customer expectations by defining improved ways of working at every level. We have a culture of innovation here and that includes my roles too.

What advice would you give to somebody interested in pursuing a career like yours?

Becoming a Quality Assurance Engineer is a great career. You need to be able to understand the bigger picture – from project requirements through to user needs. And you have to be able to dig deeper into any issues to find answers. It’s a skill that will open many doors.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I like to be out in the countryside, hunting with my dog. I’m also a storyteller. I perform at theaters, cafes, people’s homes, you name it. It’s a fun way to challenge yourself and meet new people.