ISTQB® issues Worldwide Software Testing Practices Report 2015-2016

 
 
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the most popular software testing certification authority in the world, released the results of a test practices survey carried out at world-wide level. The survey, with more than 3200 respondents from 89 countries, can be considered the largest in the world in the software testing domain.

“As a non-profit organization, with its mission of advancing the software testing profession, ISTQB® regularly conducts international online surveys to assess the trends in the software testing industry”, said Mr. Gualtiero Bazzana, ISTQB® President.

The survey covers several topics, ranging from organizational and budgetary aspects, to techniques/ processes/ tools, through to skills and competencies within software testing. We believe it provides useful information for all professionals involved in the testing market, as well as direction for further evolution of the ISTQB® scheme.

Some highlights of the survey are listed below:

  • Budgets assigned to testing are large and keep on growing
  • Agile based SDLCs are being adopted ahead of traditional ones
  • Segregation of duties has become a standard practice from an organizational point of view
  • Training and certification of competences are key factors in improving test skills
  • Test automation has become very widespread in the market
  • Performance, usability and security tests are gaining traction

Read the Press Release for more information

Try ISTQB® Glossary application to find correct testing terms easily!

In compiling the glossary ISTQB® has sought the views and comments of as broad a spectrum of opinion as possible in industry, commerce and government bodies and organizations, with the aim of producing an international testing standard which would gain acceptance in as wide a field as possible.

Contributions to this glossary have been received from testing communities throughout the world. The ISTQB® Glossary is used as a reference document for the International Software Testing Qualification Board® (ISTQB®) software testing qualification scheme.

The document presents concepts, terms and definitions designed to aid communication in (software) testing and related disciplines.

The ISTQB® Glossary working party delivers a glossary of testing and related terms that is used as a reference / source document for syllabi at Foundation, Advanced and Expert level.

The Glossary application is available at http://astqb.org/glossary/

Need to improve quality assurance process to be more constructive and efficient?

  • Challenge: Testing if it is sued on an analytical approach just to verify the functionality of a given testobject at the end of development is expensive and should be reduced to a more constructive approach to avoid errors at the beginning of or during the development process. Furthermore, in many test processes there is poor understanding of the coverage and quality of the test.
  • Solution: MBT has the potential to support such constructive approach. MBT extensions shows, how to address and use this potential and to assure that the software artifact is build with a high quality even from the beginning of the project. The advanced systematics of a model-based test design compared to classical test design methods guarantees a well known understanding of the test coverage and test quality as well as means for defining and scaling the needed quality level of the test.
More information here

NEW! Usability Testing Module completes ISTQB® Portfolio

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of Shanghai 23 October has approved the development of the Foundation Level Specialist Usability Testing module, along with the supporting documentation.

2015 ISTQB® Award Winner is Erik van Veenendaal!

ISTQB® is proud to announce that Erik van Veenendaal is the winner of the ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award 2015. The main reason of him winning this award is his enormous commitment to software quality and the testing profession over the past 30 years. Erik van Veenendaal is an internationally recognized testing expert, (co-)author of 19 books and has published a large number of papers. Not only is he occupied as an independent consultant doing consultancy, training, publications and presentations throughout the testing and quality management community he is also actively involved in the TMMi® Foundation, International Software Testing Qualifications Board® and the IREB® organization.

Read about the Award

The Release of the Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of Shanghai 23 October has approved the Release of the Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus, along with the supporting Documentation. For more information about ISTQB® MTB here

MBT certification – What are the benefits for professionals?

Business Outcome:
Effectively create and maintain MBT models using established techniques and best practices of model-based testing.

  • Problem: The quality of models is essential for a success of MBT in a given Project.  Many users do not have the knowledge to decide about the quality and therefore to have a criteria on hand to decide when the model is finished for a given task.

  • Solution: The ISTQB® MBT certification gives a practical approach to create MBT models and to assess their quality. It shows a perspective of the modelling paradigm as a process which helps people to correct their approach as soon as possible if it goes in the wrong direction.

Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus will be published on this year. Stay tuned and follow our news on www.istqb.org

MBT certification – What are the benefits for professionals?

Business Outcome:
Apply and integrate model-based testing in a test process.

  • Problem: MBT needs process preconditions and prerequisites, that it can realize its full potential to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the test process. As long as this environment is not known and can not be calculated, people tend to avoid a new technology because of economic risks

  • Solution: The ISTQB® MBT certification shows which prerequisites are mandatory for a successful start with MBT. Furthermore it shows how MBT could fit well to specific development processes and what should be taken into account to adapt a development process for MBT.

Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus will be published on this year. Stay tuned and follow our news on www.istqb.org

ISTQB® Certifying the Experts in Improving the Test Process!

Expert Level certificates have been awarded to more than 50 exceptional test professionals who have demonstrated mastery and understanding of current best practice in test process improvement.
ISTQB® would like to extend congratulations to all who have been successful in this in-depth, practically-oriented certification - a great achievement!
For more information on ISTQB®-ITP including syllabus highlights read more here

ISTQB® is happy to welcome VeriServe to its Partner program!

VeriServe has joined the program at the Platinum Partnership level. See www.veriserve.co.jp

MBT certification – What are the benefits for professionals?

Business Outcome:
Collaborate in a model-based testing team using standard terminology and established MBT concepts, processes and techniques.

  • Problem: Since MBT was born, many terminology were created and used which lead to inefficient discussion about what MBT really is, before any productive realization could start.

  • Solution: The ISTQB® certifications deliver a de facto standard for general testing terminology and integrated to that the terminology for model-based testing. This will make it much easier for users to start with MBT based on a common language within their organization

Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus will be published on this year. Stay tuned and follow our news on www.istqb.org

 

Why a Model-Based Tester certification at foundation level?

Model-based testing is an innovative test approach to improve effectivity and efficiency of the test process.
A model-based tester on a project uses models to drive test analysis and design, and keeps advantage of the models for other testing activities such as test implementation and reporting.
ISTQB® Model-Based Tester certification complements the core foundation level as a specialist module. It provides a practical and easy entry to the MBT approach.

Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus will be published on this year. Stay tuned and follow our news on www.istqb.org

ISTQB® General Assembly - Next Stop, Shanghai

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 23rd 2015 in Shanghai, China. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international testing conference.

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ISTQB® General Assembly - Next Stop, Denmark

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 12th 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome ITWORKERS to its Partner program!

ITWORKERS has joined the program at the Silver Partnership level.

See http://itw.mx/index.html

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Blizzard Entertainment China to its Partner program!

Blizzard Entertainment China has joined the program at the Platinum Partnership level.

See www.blizzard.com

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The Beta Release of the Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting of Copenhagen 12 June has approved the Beta Release of the Model-Based Testing Foundation Extension Syllabus, along with the supporting Documentation.

ISTQB® is happy to welcome Bilbomática S.A. to its Partner Program!

Bilbomática S.A. has joined the program at the Gold Partnership level.

See www.bilbomatica.es

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ISTQB elects new leaders to Marketing Working Group and Governance

The ISTQB General Assembly in Copenhagen elected new leaders to head the Marketing Working Group and Governance.

Kaspar Loog was elected as Interim Chair for the Marketing Working Group. Mr Loog is from Estonia and running a testing technology startup Browserbite. He is also serving as the Estonian Board representative in ISTQB.

Oliver Denoo from the French Testing Board was elected as Interim Vice Chair for Governance. Mr Denoo is currently serving as Managing Director for ps_testware SAS in France.

More than 540,000 software testing certification exams worldwide

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of March 2015, more than 540,000 software testing certification exams has taken place worldwide.

ISTQB® has issued 400,000 certifications in 100 countries worldwide

As of March 2015, ISTQB® has issued almost 400,000 certifications in 100 countries world-wide.

The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages.

See more facts & figures

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Learn everything about ISTQB® Certifications

First of all, find out why it is important choosing ISTQB® Certification through the description of its features and benefits.
Then, discover all the ISTQB® Certifications.

See more in www.istqb.org/certification-path-root.html

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FiSTB TESTING ASSEMBLY 23.–24.9.2015, Helsinki

FiSTB Testing Assembly is a two-day event this year at Hotel Presidentti (http://www.sokoshotelpresidentti.fi/).

We expect to get 200+ people to the seminar on Thursday 24.9. Theme of the seminar is Agile Testing – What can we learn from agile testing in startup companies. Keynote speakers will be Janet Gregory and Pekka Hyysalo!

On Wednesday 23.9 we will organize a tutorial day with Janet Gregory, where participants are limited to 30 people. You have a possibility to take an ISTQB® certification exam after the seminar on 24.9.

Seminar is for free for FiSTB members, ISTQB®/ISEB-certificate holders and TestausOSY/FAST-members.

For others the participation fee is 100€. The tutorial and exams have separate pricing.

Location: Helsinki, Finland

More info in testingassembly.fistb.fi

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Italian Software Testing Forum 2015 on 15-17 June 2015

The Italian Software Testing Forum is the only event in Italy dedicated to Software Services and Quality, where international experts from the industry and the academia will share experiences, knowledge and ideas.


The event is organized during three days: the first two days are dedicated to Tutorials held by international Gurus on the most interesting and innovative topic in the field of Software Testing and Quality. 

During the third day, the Conference and Expo will take place with the participation of important product companies, as well as system integrators/consulting providers and training/exam providers.

Location: Milan, Italy

More info at www.swtestingforum.org

 

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ANZTB Test 2015: Advancing Testing Expertise Conference on 22 May 2015

ANZTB Test 2015 is a single day conference featuring international and local guest speakers sharing their experience and thoughts on current software testing topics relevant to today's industry.

With a focus on gaming, mobility and usability, this year's conference will be an event not to be missed.

The conference is suitable for all IT professionals who have an interest in software testing, and anyone looking to advance their skills and knowledge in these currently trending areas of technology.

Location: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland - Australia

More info in http://anztb.org/eventdetails.php?event=111

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There's still time to answer our survey until 15th of May!

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey, you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

Do you need help in terms of testing? Try our new ISTQB® Glossary Application

Try our new ISTQB® Glossary Application to find out the meaning of different testing terms.

Try it here http://astqb.org/glossary/

 

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Global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams

ISTQB® exams are designed and monitored according to strict, internationally consistent, criteria.

They are based on a precisely defined number of questions, varying depending on certification level, and a distribution of questions across the syllabi, according to topics and K-Levels.

The global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams (world-wide average since inception) is reported here: http://www.istqb.org/exams-root.html

 

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Remember our survey about the current trends in the testing industry

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 23rd 2015 in Shanghai

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 23rd 2015 in Shanghai, China.

The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

 

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Gualtiero Bazzana from Italy is the new president of ISTQB®

The General Assembly meeting of ISTQB® - the International Software Testing Qualifications Board - was held in Tel-Aviv, Israel on Thursday 26th of March 2015.
During this meeting, elections for the new Executive Committee for ISTQB® were conducted.

ISTQB® has chosen Mr. Gualtiero Bazzana, chairman of ITA-STQB – the Italian Testing Board and a respected figure in software testing internationally, to be its new elected President for 2015-2017.
Gualtiero Bazzana has been active in ISTQB® since 2007, acting as the Chair of the Marketing Working Group since 2011.

Alongside the election of a new President ISTQB® also:

  • re-elected the former ISTQB® President Mr. Yaron Tsubery from the Israeli Testing Certification Board (ITCB®) as Vice President
  • elected Mr. Kari Kakkonen from the Finnish Software Testing Board (FiSTB) as Treasurer
  • elected Mr. Geoff Thompson from the UK Testing Board (UKTB) as Secretary.

Read the Press Release for more information

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More than 500,000 software testing certification exams worldwide

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of December 2014, more than 500,000 software testing certification exams has taken place worldwide.

 

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ISTQB® has issued 380,000 certifications in more than 100 countries worldwide

As of December 2014, ISTQB® has issued 380,000 certifications in more than 100 countries world-wide, with a growth rate of more than 13,000 certifications per quarter.

The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages.

See more facts & figures: http://www.istqb.org/about-istqb/facts-and-figures.html

 

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Why Advanced Level?

The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified. Refer to the relevant Exam Board to understand their specific practical experience criteria.

See more in http://www.istqb.org/certification-path-root/advanced-level/advanced-level-in-a-nutshell.html

 

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Why Agile Tester extension?

Agile testing is a relatively new approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.

A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives. There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing – which means there's an educational opportunity as well.

The Agile Extension will give the tester the knowledge to be part of agile testing teams and achieve high performance.

See more in http://www.istqb.org/certification-path-root/agile-tester-extension/agile-tester-extension-in-a-nutshell.html

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Remember our survey about the current trends in the testing industry

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Evry Asa to its Partner program!

Evry Asa has joined the program at the Platinum Partnership level.


See http://www.evry.com/

 

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ISTQB® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey!

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry. By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015/), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® Certification - Benefits for Companies

  • ISTQB® certification can provide a competitive advantage for companies, promising a higher level of reliability of the applications being developed due to efficient and cost effective testing practices derived from the ISTQB® competencies
  • Consulting companies with certified staff can offer higher-level services to customers, increasing revenues and brand value
  • ISTQB® has defined a “Partner Program” for companies that engage a large number of certified testers

See more interesting topics here www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-slides.html

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ISTQB® Certification - Benefits for Professionals

  • International recognition of acquired competencies and skills
  • Authorized to use the "Certified Tester" logo (specifying the level of certification)
  • Whole of career path support, from Foundation to Expert level
  • Higher appeal in the labor market

See more interesting topics here www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-slides.html

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 2015 in China

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 2015 in Shanghai, China.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 12h 2015 in Denmark

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 12th 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in March 26th 2015 in Israel

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in March 26th 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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Shortage of skilled testing resources ISTQB® Certification can help!

Technavio, an independent technology research and advisory company, analyzed the key challenges faced by the Global Software Testing Services market, highlighting in particular the “Shortage of Skilled Labor”.

  • The Global Pure Play Software Testing Services market is growing rapidly, thus increasing the demand for skilled labor. However, this has created a disparity in supply and demand, as a result of which, sourcing and retaining skilled labor has become a challenge.
  • The shortage of availability of required skills is now becoming a major challenge for the software testing organizations.

(Global Software Testing Services Market 2011-2015, Technavio)

 

See the latest ISTQB® in a Nutshell presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ISTQBORG?atl_token=4lFQ1891qx 

Increasing productivity of SW projects ISTQB® certification can help!

Software engineering and software project management are complex activities. Both software development and software management have dozens of methodologies and scores of tools available that are beneficial. In addition, there are quite a few methods and practices that have been shown to be harmful.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness or harm of various methods and practices Capers Jones has developed a scoring method. The data for the scoring comes from observations among about 150 Fortune 500 companies, some 400 smaller companies, and 30 government organizations. Negative scores also include data from 15 lawsuits. The rankings are based on about 20,000 projects that span 50 industries and 24 countries. The analysis is based on the author's book Software Engineering Best Practices published by McGraw Hill in 2010. Some new data is taken from The Economics of Software Quality published by Addison Wesley in 2012. This version is current through mid-2014.

See the latest ISTQB® in a Nutshell presentation here http://www.slideshare.net/ISTQBORG?atl_token=4lFQ1891qx

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In the Year 2014!

2014 was a pretty intensive year for the ISTQB®, resulting in many visible outcomes amongst which:

Share your expectations for 2015 with us and, please remember to join and follow official ISTQB® social media communities!

ISTQB Partner Program
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ISTQB Award
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