Test Architects at Siemens are Working Well!

T4     Start Time : 15:15     End Time : 16:00

Talk Abstract:

To work well we have to deal with shorter time-to-market, increasing complexity and more agility while keeping quality and other key system properties high. Our test systems increase in size, volume, flexibility, velocity, complexity and unpredictability. Additionally, digitalization requires more than just a face lift in testing.

To meet these diverse challenges, we at Siemens have invented and defined a new key role Test Architect in 2016. But what is a “Test Architect” really? And what does a “Test Architect” look like in practice? This presentation is about our journey to establish this new key role within the company.

Imagine that you build a system with 10 million lines of code. To be successful this system should have a good architecture, and for that you need good software architects. Next, to perform good testing on 10 million lines of code, you also need to build an appropriate test system – not by spaghetti coding but with a well-designed, sustainable test architecture, a strong automation approach, and by applying innovative software and test technologies. But, who is responsible and in charge to make this happen? Typically, neither the test manager nor the quality manager will do this; therefore, we need a new role on eye level with the software architects: The Test Architect is born.

This presentation explains the new key role Test Architect, provides practical guidance on the needed strategies, tactics, and practices, and shares our experiences and lessons learned:
– Why do we need a Test Architect?
– What is a Test Architect really?
– What are the responsibilities and tasks of a Test Architect?
– How can a Test Architect provide value and create impact on the business?

We are continuing our journey in this direction. At Siemens our target is to have nearly 50 certified Test Architects by the end of 2019. That means a tremendous upgrade and empowerment of testing, and an excellent starting point for working well!

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand the rationale why we need a new key role Test Architect and get familiar with a thorough definition of a real Test Architect – it’s not just another fancy title that is misused
  2. Get to know the responsibilities and tasks of a Test Architect – job profile, contents, focus points
  3. Apply discussed strategies, tactics, practices, and experiences and become a successful Test Architect – a new career path for testers!


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    • Speaker

    • Peter Zimmerer - Principal Key Expert Engineer, Siemens AG, Germany

      Peter Zimmerer is a Principal Key Expert Engineer at Siemens AG in Germany. He’s worked in the field of software testing and quality engineering for over 25 years. He performs consulting, coaching, and training on test management and test engineering practices in real-world projects, and drives research and innovation in this area. As a ISTQB® Certified Tester Full Advanced Level, he is a member of the German Testing Board (GTB). Peter has authored several journal and conference contributions and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

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