There is an interesting thread on JoelOnSoftware on the subject.
Here's my follow-up question for you: What is a test architect, and do we need them?
Or, perhaps more meaningful: What kind of problems can a 'test architect' solve? What kinds of problems would that role introduce? If we had one, what would he do?
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