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I saw a job ad for a QA Architect. I realized that I don't know what is the role of QA Architect in a team.

So, what does a QA Architect do in a team and what skill does he need to have both in terms of soft-skills and technical skills?

Also I would like to know if working as a developer, system engineer, QA Engineer and QA Developer is relevant for that position.

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I never see common agreement on any software-related titles.

In some shops where I have worked "Architect" implies a thinker, not a doer. For QA Architect, it means someone who thinks about QA, researches and suggests improved methods and metrics. Sometimes it's someone who trains others.

In other shops, "Architect" just means "very Senior". It's the top-level tester in the shop. Nothing more.

Your mileage may vary. Consult the job ads themselves for hints as to what "QA Architect" means for that particular company. And if you apply and get an interview, ask lots of questions. That is the only way you will know.

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Two Interesting reads, Offers great insights on Senior QA Roles

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I could give you my best guess, but really you ought to ask them. Titles and responsibilities vary from one company to the next.

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Although responsibilities vary from company to company maybe there is some common agreement on what a QA Architect does. –  Eduard Florinescu Apr 28 '13 at 13:26
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I never see common agreement on any software-related titles. –  Joe Strazzere Apr 28 '13 at 22:42

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