About ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119
What is ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 – Software Testing
The purpose of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 series is to define an internationally agreed set of standards for software testing, that can be used by an organisation when managing or performing any form of software testing.
It is formed of five parts:
- Part 1 – Concepts and definitions
- Part 2 – Test processes
- Part 3 – Test documentation
- Part 4 – Test techniques
- Part 5 – Keyword driven testing
These standards consolidate and harmonise and update the following existing standards:
- IEEE 829 Test Documentation
- IEEE 1008 Unit Testing
- BS 7925-1 Vocabulary of Terms in Software Testing
- BS 7925-2 Software Component Testing Standard
Guidance on ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 – Work In Progress
At the Delhi Plenary of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 (in May 2018) work was approved on a number of additional parts, as Technical reports, to provide specific Guidelines for the use of ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119:
- Part 6 – Agile projects
- Part 7 – Testing of software for automotive systems
- Part 8 – Model-based testing
- Part 9 – Games testing
- Part 10 – Performance testing
Is There Anything Else?
To accompany and support the five parts of ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119, the following additional Standards are coordinated by the same committee:
- ISO/IEC 20246:2017 – Work product reviews
- ISO/IEC 33063:2015 – Process assessment model for software testing
The Committees Behind The Standards
Who or What is ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7/WG26
Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1 – Information Technology is a technical committee of both the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), formed in 1987 to avoid duplication of effort in standards development by both organizations, and to ensure interoperability of standards related to Information technology created by technical committees of either organization.
Subcommittee (SC) 7 – Software and Systems Engineering has the “mission” of standardization of processes, supporting tools and supporting technologies for the engineering of software products and systems.
Participation in Working Group (WG) 26 – Software Testing is open to anyone in the world via their National Standards Body.
Who or What is BSI IST/5/-/26
The National Standards Body for the United Kingdom is BSI (aka the British Standards Institution)… it has National committees supporting the International level working groups.
- IST/5 is the UK mirror panel for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7
- IST/5/-/26 is the UK mirror panel for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7/WG26
With effect from November 2016, I am the Chairman of IST/5/-/26.
For other posts relating to WG26 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 see the WG26 category.