ISO 29119: The New International Software Testing Standards

21/05/2013 - 19:30
21/05/2013 - 21:00

Venue: University of Bristol , Room 1.06, Merchant Venturers Building

Booking is required.

Dr Stuart ReidSpeaker: Dr Stuart Reid FBCS CITP

In May 2007 ISO formed a working group to develop new standards on software testing – a new area for ISO – these standards will start being published in mid-2013. This initiative is closely-supported by IEEE and BSI, both of which have donated existing standards as source documents to the project (these standards will be retired when the new standards are published).

There are currently six new software testing standards in development:

  • Concepts and Terminology (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-1)
  • Test Processes (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-2
  • Test Documentation (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-3)
  • Test Techniques (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-4)
  • Keyword-Driven Testing (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-5)
  • Test Assessment (ISO/IEC 33063)

This presentation describes the content of the standards, their development and the difficulties encountered in creating standards that are applicable to all organizations (from the smallest to the largest) and all types of project (from agile to traditional safety-critical). The challenge of creating new testing standards when quite disparate parts of the industry (e.g. some context-driven testers and parts of the defence industry) oppose the concept is also covered.

ISO 29119 has already been released in draft form for review (and subsequently been updated based on literally thousands of comments) and is already being used within a number of multi-national organizations. These organizations are already seeing the benefits of reusing the well-defined processes and documentation provided by a standard reflecting current industry best practices.

Stuart Reid is Chief Technology Officer at Testing Solutions Group. He has 30 years experience in the IT industry, working in development, testing and education. Application areas range from safety-critical to financial and media. Stuart also supports the worldwide testing community in a number of roles. He is convener of the ISO Software Testing Working Group, which is developing the new ISO 29119 Software Testing standard and is the software testing representative at BSI. He chairs the BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing and founded ISTQB to promote software testing qualifications on a global scale.
Stuart is a popular speaker at conferences on software testing, and is invited to present keynotes, tutorial and track sessions worldwide. He chaired EuroSTAR 2007, Europe’s largest ever software testing conference with over 1200 attendees, won the European Testing Excellence award in 2001, and regularly writes magazine articles on software testing.

More useful than just a slide deck

Stuart Reid has shared more of a training manual that just a slide deck. There are most of the slides that he used, as well as a detailed discussion of the content of the talk.