Executive board

Chairman of GTB

Dr. Klaudia Dussa-Zieger

Dr. Klaudia Dussa-Zieger is Principal Consultant at Method Park Consulting GmbH and has been involved in software testing and software quality for almost 20 years. She is convinced that “given the increasing complexity of today’s software systems, their development is not possible without testing”. In her specialist field, the continuous improvement of the test process as well as ensuring professional training and further qualification are of particular importance for her.

For more than 15 years she has been trainer for the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation and Advanced Level which allows her to pass on her long-standing experience. She herself holds the ISTQB® Certified Tester Full Advanced Level certification. Process and test improvements result from the assessments which she carries out as iNTACSTM Competent Assessor (ISO/IEC 15504) for Automotive SPICE. Her book „Software Engineering nach Automotive SPICE“ (German) is listed in one of the top positions in the Amazon bestseller  ranking for the relevant book category.

As Head of the special interest group “Software Test” at the Arbeitskreis Software-Qualität und -Fortbildung e.V. (ASQF, Association for Software Quality and Further Education) she supports an efficient transfer of knowledge and a continuous exchange of experiences. In addition to this, she lectures in software testing at the Erlangen-Nuremberg University in order to give students the know-how and skills required for their careers.

Since March 2009 Klaudia Dussa-Zieger is Chairperson of the DIN working committee „System and Software Engineering“ and is involved actively at an international level in the development of standards. The development of the new testing standard ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 is only one of the topics she is in charge of in this context.
Vice chairman of GTB

Dr. Matthias Hamburg

It was a Year 2K project which introduced Dr. Matthias Hamburg, a software engineer of long-standing experience, to the new world of systematic software testing. As he checked through entire IT landscapes, the IT professional, who today is Managing Consultant at Sogeti Deutschland GmbH, quickly realized that software quality assurance was not something that is here today gone tomorrow, but is a discipline promising significant potential for the future. This has, in fact, come true, also for Dr. Hamburg personally. With his degrees in mathematics and computer sciences, he has since 1997 specialized more and more in software testing. Correspondingly, his role at Sogeti Deutschland GmbH has since 2006 been characterized primarily by test management and test method consulting activities. In these fields, the focus is on TMap®, Sogeti’s own test methodology, and on the TPI Test Process Improvement model.

Dr. Hamburg has been a member of the GTB since the beginning of 2008, thereby expanding his voluntary commitments, which he had so far shown principally in the specialist group “Testing, Analysis and Verification” (TAV) of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI). As far as the GTB is concerned, he wants to contribute his experience and know-how to the creation and spreading of the syllabi: and as chair of the Working Group Glossary national and international in ISTQB®. Because training and passing on of knowledge are also his personal interest.

The long-term goal of the test specialist is to establish software quality assurance as an engineering discipline. To this end, he sees the GTB as an ideal platform. In addition, he also sees it as an organization to standardize and make the profession of software tester known in public. Key in this connection is the cooperation with colleges and universities. In the training of students he makes out significant potential for professional software quality assurance, which industry so desperately needs.

Vice chairman and founding member of GTB

Horst Pohlmann

Horst Pohlmann, born in 1958, studied Computer Science at the University of Paderborn and worked initially as a system developer in a branch of a software house belonging to the Rheinmetall group, where he first introduced the subject of software quality assurance. Following that, he implemented this in the areas of management and quality at various other software houses. He gained his comprehensive professional experience in various roles: as employee, in senior management and as member of the executive board with a focus on the subjects of software quality assurance, quality and project management and business process re-engineering.

Since 1984, Horst Pohlmann has been a member of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) and has been active in the GI working party “Test, Analysis and Verification of Software” (TAV) since 1992. Together with Eike Hagen Riedemann and others, he was involved in the creation of the “TAV-Glossary of Testing Terms”, which was published in 1996.

From 2000 to 2005 Horst Pohlmann worked as IT Quality Manager/Head of Quality Management in the telecommunications industry. Since November 2005, Horst Pohlmann has continued with the subject of quality assurance at a well-known company in the automotive sector.

Horst Pohlmann is a founding member and was Chairman of the German Testing Board from April 2013-2015.

As part of his voluntary work there, he was involved in work on the ISTQB® Glossary and also on the Certified Tester syllabi. As treasurer, Horst Pohlmann was a member of the executive board at the umbrella association „International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) from 2007 to 2011, where he was also Working Group Chair of the EXAM working group from 2008 to 2010. Since the summer term of 2010, he has been associate lecturer for Software Quality Management at the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe.

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