Matthias Hamburg

German Testing Board (DE)

Matthias Hamburg was born in Cluj, Romania (Kolozsvár). He graduated as PhD in mathematics and computer science at the University of Bonn, Germany. For over 30 years, he has worked as a consultant in the German IT industry. Since 1997, he specialized in  software testing and quality assurance, with focus in the areas of test design, test management and test process improvement. Since 2006 until his recent retirement in 2019, he was working with Sogeti Germany in the position of a managing consultant, Matthias is actively volunteering at German Testing Board e.V. (GTB) and ISTQB, acting as the Glossary Working Group Chair both at ISTQB and at GTB, and as a Vice-President of GTB.



A Domain Model for Testing

Together with an ISTQB task force, we designed a comprehensible UML domain model containing basic testing terms, based on the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus. The model visualises the main entities of testing and their relationships in the context of testing activities. By explaining them along the domain model, we demonstrate that  testing entities and their relationships are not vague anymore, but rather constitute a logical chain of work steps and related work products with a clear scope. This makes the test process easier to comprehend both for beginners and for advanced practicioners. The model also facilitates understanding the abstract notion of traceability.