Karen Todd

ADHD & Me: How neurodivergence serves my testing

About Karen

Karen is a curious software tester who loves the testing community with her whole heart. She shares what she’s learning with others through writing and more recently through her YouTube channel. She likes to meet new friends at conferences, and looks forward to being involved with more communities worldwide. She hopes that if you are curious about software testing as well, that you can connect and learn from one another.

About the Talk

Hi there – *wave* – I’m neurodivergent! That means my brain works in, let’s just say…interesting ways – compared to what some people would call baseline or average. Don’t get me started on how weird the idea of NORMAL is, we’ll be here all day.


Brains are weird, neat, squishy things. Mine has been diagnosed with conditions like ADHD, anxiety, and depression, with a list of common behaviors that go along with it. To some people, this might sound like terrible news. But, I have a different take on my particular collection of mental conditions. To me, they’re my Super Powers!


When looking at the challenges that we face as testers, I want to present you with some examples of how neurodivergence can be harnessed to work for you – instead of against you. Come listen to a few stories of how these super powers help boost my curiosity, empathy, and effectiveness. You may just learn something about your own brain along the way.