Since CAST took place a couple of weeks ago, there has been sustained debate within the online testing community about the validity of the proposed ISO 29119 testing standard.
Some recent posts from influential software testers are listed below:
- Iain McCowatt – Stop 29119
- Fiona Charles – Why I oppose adoption of ISO 29119
- Keith Klain – The Petition to Stop ISO 29119
- Karen Johnson – My Thoughts on Testing Certifications
- James Bach – How Not to Standardize Testing
- Michael Bolton – Rising Against the Rent Seekers
If you’re not familiar with the concept or contents then you can go and check them out on the “working group” website here or directly via ISO here – though you should note that to view the standard in its entirety, you will have to pay for a copy. Which is arguably the crux of the issue.
James Christie made an extremely cogent argument against the imposition of standards from an economic standpoint during his CAST 2014 presentation “Standards – Promoting Quality or Restricting Competition.” If you weren’t fortunate enough to make it out to NYC in person, then I highly recommend you watch the presentation in its entirety.
Here at the Ministry of Testing we have an inclusive philosophy, embracing the many styles, approaches and schools of thought that serve to differentiate how software testing is carried out and by whom. It saddens me to say that ISO 29119 is a direct threat to this way of thinking. Were ISO 29119 to be successfully published it would incentivise large testing providers to conform to the standard, and it would also encourage organisations to reject those testers and testing organisations who are not ISO 29119 certified or who have chosen to implement alternative software testing methodologies.
As things currently stand, and despite ISO claims to the contrary, there is currently no consensus with regards to the content of ISO 29119. I’d like it to stay that way; at least until the wider software testing community has been provided with a meaningful opportunity to review and debate the standard and how or if it is to be implemented at all.
If you feel the same way, I’d encourage you to sign the Stop 29119 petition via the “Count me in!” button below. Your community will thank you. 🙂