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The Test Designer role is responsible for defining the test approach and ensuring its successful implementation. The role involves identifying the appropriate techniques, tools and guidelines to implement the required tests, and to give guidance on the corresponding resources requirements for the test effort.


Test Strategy
Test Strategy

Test Suite
Test Suite

Responsible For

Test Designer
Test Designer

Define Test Approach
Define Test

Structure the Test Implementation
the Test

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Roles organize the responsibility for performing activities and developing artifacts into logical groups. Each role can be assigned to one or more people, and each person can fill one or more roles. When staffing the Test Designer role, you need to consider both the skills required for the role and the different approaches you can take to assigning staff to the role.

In some development cultures, this role is referred to as the Test Architect, Test Automation Architect or Test Automation Specialist role.

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This section provides links to additional information related to this role.


Staffing To top of page

SkillsTo top of page

The appropriate skills and knowledge for the Test Designer role include:

This role is primarily responsible for:

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The Test Designer role can be assigned in the following ways:

Further ReadingTo top of page

We recommend reading Kaner, Bach & Pettichord's Lessons Learned in Software Testing [KAN01], which contains an excellent collection of important concerns for test teams. Of special interest to the Test Designer role are the chapters on Testing techniques, Test automation and Test planning and strategy.

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