ISO/IEC 29119: Standard for Software Testing

ISO has introduced a standard for software testing which aims to provide one definitive standard for software testing that defines vocabulary, processes, documentation, techniques and a process assessment model for software testing that can be used within any software development life cycle.

The standard is centered around a three-tier risk-based process model for software testing that provides guidance on the development of organizational test strategies and policies. The management of testing projects including the design of project/level test strategies, plans, monitoring and controlling testing.

It considers a dynamic test process that provides guidance for test analysis and design, test environment set-up and maintenance, test execution and reporting. It is currently being developed, trialed and reviewed by practitioners and academics around the world.

ISO/IEC 29119 comprises 5 parts:

  • Part 1: Definitions & Vocabulary
  • Part 2: Test Process
  • Part 3: Test Documentation
  • Part 4: Test Techniques
  • ISO/IEC 33063 Process Assessment Model for Software testing processes (dual standard number pending)

There are also two further parts in the pipeline on 'test assessment' and 'keyword-driven testing'. This standard describes the standardization of software testing, progress on its development and the difficulties encountered in creating a standard that is applicable to all organizations.

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