A Day in the Life of a Test Architect: An Interview with Lee Hawkins


In this interview, Lee Hawkins, the principal test architect for Dell Software, explains the modern role of a test architect. He details how he works out the ways that Dell should do testing by figuring out new testing techniques and advocating for them across the entire organization.

Jennifer Bonine: All right. This is it, guys, the last interview of STARWEST 2016, and Lee, you're the lucky recipient of the closing spot.

Lee Hawkins: Lucky last.

Jennifer Bonine: Yeah, lucky closer. Then after this, stay tuned for the keynote with Jared, that you just saw right before Lee. Lee, let's talk about some of what you talked about at this conference. We're already wrapping up. I heard it's your first time here, to this one.

Lee Hawkins: Yes, it is, yep.

Jennifer Bonine: Yes. So why don't you tell us a little bit about what you talked about here, and just a little bit about what you're feeling having been here?

Lee Hawkins: Okay, yeah. This is my first STARWEST conference. I've been to most of the big testing conferences around the world before.

Jennifer Bonine: Yeah, I heard that.

Lee Hawkins: This is my first time at STARWEST. It's the biggest event I've ever been to.

Jennifer Bonine: Really?

Lee Hawkins: Yeah.

Jennifer Bonine: What did you think of that, compared to ...

Lee Hawkins: I though the organization was fantastic.

Jennifer Bonine: Isn't it fantastic? Yes.

Lee Hawkins: As a speaker it was all very easy, which is nice. I like that.

Jennifer Bonine: Very. They take care of everything.

Lee Hawkins: Yes. No, it was all very simple.

Jennifer Bonine: Your room's ready, the people show up, you've got microphones, everything's good.

Lee Hawkins: Yep. Easy.

Jennifer Bonine: Easy.

Lee Hawkins: Easy, that's nice. I was talking about a day in the life of a test architect. I'm a test architect for Dell, and I was talking about what that means in terms of the work I actually do. I meet lots of test architects, but none of them seem to do the same work, so I thought I'd talk about the work that I do as a test architect, and contrast that with other people.

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