Workshop: Test Architects at Siemens

At Siemens we have invented and defined a new key role Test Architect to meet the diverse challenges of shorter time-to-market, increasing complexity and more agility while keeping quality and other key system properties high. In the real world our test systems increase in size, volume, flexibility, velocity, complexity and unpredictability: think about testing of autonomous systems or testing of AI systems (artificial intelligence). Additionally, digitalization (virtualization, cloud, mobile, big data, data analytics, internet of things, continuous delivery, DevOps) requires more than just a face lift in testing.

This workshop shares our motivations, decisions, achievements, and experiences on our journey since 2016 to establish this new key role Test Architect on eye level with the software architects within the company:

  • Why do we need a Test Architect?
  • What is a Test Architect?
  • What are the responsibilities and tasks of a Test Architect?
  • How can a Test Architect provide value and create impact on the business?

Attend this workshop and learn what a Test Architect is all about and why we at Siemens are driving this forward. 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!

Session Takeaways:

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

Strategy Workshop
Location: Michelangelo A Date: September 24, 2019 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Peter Zimmerer