Matt Archer's Blog

  • LinkedIn

  • Twitter

  • Twitter Updates

  • New Book

    I'm working on a new book. View the home page for the 'Tips for manual testers working in an agile environment' book
  • Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Subscribe

ISO/IEC 29119

Posted by Matt Archer on August 27, 2008

I was just flicking through the programme for the UK Software & Systems Quality Conference ( to be held in London on the 29th of September, 2008 ) and noticed that Stuart Reid is delivering a presentation on the progress of the new ISO 29119 software testing standard.

I couldn’t remember when I last heard anything about ISO 29119 so decided to hit Google to get the latest gossip. Sadly, there isn’t really much to tell. The best I could find was a Chinese website containing a preview of what the new standard covers (which I’ve quoted below – but can’t vouch for it’s accuracy, so if anyone knows anything different, please let me know) and a forum discussion showing just how difficult it is to agree a new standard like this because of the thousands of different opinions held within the testing community.

Part 1 – Concepts and Vocabulary
: Terms and definitions
: Software testing concepts
– Introduction to software testing
– Relationship between testing, dev & maintemance
– Implications of lifecycle models
– Types of testing
– etc..

Part 2 – Testing Process
: Test management process
– Test strategy
– Test process monitoring
– Test completion
: Test process
– Test planning
– Test design
– Test execution
– Bug reporting
– Test completion
: Status reporting
– Project status reporting
– Test status reporting
: Test environment support
: Examples (Unit/Integration/System/Acceptance testing)

Part 3 – Testing Documentation
: Test management documentation
– Test strategy (example)
– Test project completion report (example)
: Test documentation
– Test plan (example)
– Test specification (example)
– Test result (example)
– Anomaly reports (example)
– Test level completion report (example)
: Interim status reporting
– Interim test status report (example)
– Interim test level status report (example)
: Test environment report (example)

Part 4 – Testing Techniques
: Test case design techniques
: Test measurement techniques
: Inspections and reviews (examples)
: Examples of unit/integration/system/acceptance testing techniques
: Test technique effectiveness


I’ll post again if I find anything else interesting. In the meantime, I’ll be getting to Stuart’s presentation early for a front row seat 🙂

Update (28.08.2008): This presentation is a year old, but has some good info and graphics.

6 Responses to “ISO/IEC 29119”

  1. Teme said

    I have ISO-29119-2 draft in my hands. It is not even at the voting process yet, so it’s at quite early state. It describes the processes from top to bottom. The upmost level is organizational test policy, then organizational test strategy, project test management process (includes for example master test plan) and ends up to the test plan level.

  2. Rhiannon said

    Hi Matt!!
    You can get more involved through contacting Stuart Reid directly.
    See this article in STAR Tester for more information:,0,w
    Did you also know that IEEE 829 has been updated in 2008?

  3. Hi Rhiannon,

    I didn’t know that IEEE 829 had been updated. Has it changed much?

    I recently joined the SIGiST committee as editor for The Tester magazine, so I get to pick Stuart’s brain about ISO 29119 when our paths cross for SIGiST work. You should come along to the next SIGiST conference on the 9th of December and we can have a big geeky testing chat about standards 🙂

  4. Hi Matt,

    I’m on the working group for the standard (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 working group 26) and am a co-editor of the standard. We’ve set up a website to provide information on our progress and on the standard in general, see Please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions –

  5. Hi Tafline, thanks for the comment.

    I’ve just taken a quick look at the website and it looks full of useful information – Thanks. I must admit, even though I’ve seen the timeline before I’m always shocked when I see the end date – May 2012!

    I’m sure it will be worth the wait 🙂

  6. […] on Thu 25-12-2008 New Vectorform Blog – Microsoft Surface Saved by disilva on Mon 15-12-2008 ISO/IEC 29119 Saved by soulim on Thu 11-12-2008 The Reverse Saved by samanthalortiz on Wed 10-12-2008 Rorty, […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s