STARWEST 2023 Concurrent Session : Test Architecture—Quality Collaboration in a Distributed Environment


Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Test Architecture—Quality Collaboration in a Distributed Environment

Technical implementations often span across multiple companies. How can a test architect drive better results in quality and continuous integration in their own organization while working through challenging, complex, multi-company implementations? By creating a holistic test strategy, including evaluating major areas of testing early in the process, a test architect can enable not only their own organization, but all of the organizations involved in the program. Learn specific techniques at every stage including identifying commonalities in test environments, understanding implications of solution design and release schedules, aligning SDLC methodologies and mitigating risk early. Furthermore, learn how to challenge testing types and apply a risk-based approach. Go beyond writing a test strategy document to implementing transformative testing across organizations. The application of test architecture and these techniques will dramatically reduce friction in the release cycles and result in reduction of UAT and production/market defects.

AccuWeather, Inc.

Elizabeth Stewart started her journey in quality assurance in 2001. On her first day, she questioned the testing approach and that has been her jam ever since. Elizabeth likes to challenge the status quo of testing and software development practices. She is currently the Sr. Manager of QA and Delivery at AccuWeather, Inc. with 20+ years in technology organizations including UPS, Kronos, and Cox Communications. Elizabeth has also held roles as a Lead QA and Test Architect specializing in large, complex programs and delivery. Her focus has been on executing highly scalable testing efforts that are flexible and use innovative testing frameworks while managing enterprise-level agile delivery. She thrives in an atmosphere of innovation and collaboration with the simultaneous goal of delivering releases while organizations are in transformation.