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Petition against ISO 29119

This is important. This is significant. This might be a threat to you as a skilled software tester.

ISO 29119 claims to be the testing standard, but it is our view that significant disagreement and sustained opposition exists amongst professional testers as to the validity of these standards, and that there is no consensus (per definition 1.7 of ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004) as to their content. Action is necessary to stop ISO 29119 before the hounds are released. Act as if it was
heracleum mantegazzianum and sign here now:

Petition against ISO 29119

Moratorium for new members until the end of the year

The board has decided to issue a moratorium on admitting new ISST members until the end of 2014.

During this time, we will be focussing on consolidation of our existing membership and consultation with them as to how the organization should continue to evolve.

We will review the moratorium at the end of the year.

Ilari, Iain, Henke, Johan

A couple of changes within the ISST

Some time has passed since we founded the ISST with the purpose of advocating for context-driven testing. We have had insights and learned something about ourselves. One insight is, that we are all very busy people with both professional and private lives. We don’t believe in making promises we cannot keep and therefore decided to implement a couple of changes.

At the ISST members meeting at the Let’s Test conference we agreed on the following:

  • We’re changing our membership model to “invitation only”, with all current members being automatically “invited”
  • For a while, we don’t plan to accept additional members, but will review in the near future
  • When we do take new members, we will expect them to be sponsored by an existing member
  • As of the next membership period, fees will be on an “honesty box” basis - you decide on how much your membership is worth to you. Nominally, membership is €80, but you decide on what to pay: be it more, or be it less
  • Currently many of your membership payments on PayPal are set to automatic renewal. We will stop the automatic renewal. We want you to make a conscious decision to be a member of the ISST. When your membership renewal is due, we will send you a friendly e-mail reminder
  • We have created a Skype chat room for all members. IMPORTANT: We do not have all your Skype IDs. So, if you currently do not yet see that chat room in your Skype client and want to participate, please send us your Skype ID. We will then add you to the group

As the Skype chat room will consist of quite a high number of people here a couple of  guidelines:

  • Keep things relevant, by which we mean: if you just want to say “Hi” to your buddy, or want to discuss something with an individual member, then take it offline.
  • We expect you to apply good judgement on this, and believe you will do so.
  • Keep the noise/signal ratio at a healthy level!

We are confident that with the changes we will be able to focus on what is important to us.

Ilari, Iain, Johan, Henke

Meeting about the future of the ISST

We will hold a meeting on the future of the ISST at this year’s Let’s Test conference. It will take place:

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
17:30 - 18:30
Folkets Hus 1

The meeting is open to all members

Discount for ISST members on RST and ET training in the Netherlands

codecentric, specialist in agile, continuous delivery, Java software craftsmanship, agile testing and application performance monitoring, has an exclusive partnership with James Bach and Michael Bolton for the Benelux. This partnership enables codecentric to provide training in RST and exploratory testing exclusively and use the proven test methods at her customers. Also, James Bach and Michael Bolton will train the specialists of codecentric as trainers in this method.
We are seeing a rapid development towards context-driven testing on the Dutch market. Shrinking IT budgets and demand for a short time-to-market, are the basis of the desire to keep the testing costs manageable. Context-driven testing is ideal for this because it uses the specific situation as a starting point, ensuring the chosen test approach to fit perfectly. We are a strong supporter of these ideas and advise and support our customers in this proven successful and manageable way of testing. The partnership with James Bach and Michael Bolton enables us to become one of the first trainers this philosophy and to assist our customers in improving their IT solutions even better. 

codecentric happily endorses the mission and objectives of ISST: promote an approach to software testing that emphasizes value and the role that skilled testers play in its delivery. We advocate for the adoption of the principles of context-driven testing and encourage and support the development of testing skills of an international community of skilled testers. This is part of our commitment to deliver value directly to customers through knowledge sharing.

We are willing to give 100 euro discount (*) to ISST members for the ET and RST training by James Bach and Michael Bolton:

Exploratory Testing : 24 + 25 October 2013 : James Bach

Rapid Software Testing : 18 - 20 November 2013 : Michael Bolton

(*) Please use the code: ISSTMEMBER in the payment reference field when signing up.

Enlightening Article in Tea Time with Testers

It is with a sense of pride we would like to point you to the recent edition of Tea Time with Testers, where the International Society for Software Testing not only has a self-serving advertisement, but a fully-fledged and well worded article about who we are and what we plan to do in the future. We live in exiting times, dear fellow testers. Read here

ISST Initiatives by Members

ISST encourages community initiatives. We, the board, feel it would be both arrogant and ineffective to act as if we have a monopoly on ideas.

You, our members, have the ideas, time and energy that we need in order to make our society a success, and to deliver on our mission.

Here is how to launch an initiative:

1. Have an idea
2. Sell the idea to other members: get a group of people committed to work on the initiative.
3. Do the groundwork by creating a proposal that describes your initiative (no, we don’t provide templates for that). Think about the following:
- How does it align with the ISST mission and objectives?
- What is it about?
- What is the goal?
- What are the benefits?
- What is the output?
- Why is it important?
- Who will be involved?
- How will the group be structured?
- What is the plan on how to reach the goal?
- What funding is needed and how will it be spent?
4. Present your proposal to the ISST board.
5. The board will process the request and if needed ask for additional information or clarification.
6. Board will approve or reject the initiative.

Governance: People start on interesting initiatives every day. Many do not deliver. We believe it is important to deliver.

Therefore we will expect transparency into how things are going. We will want to know about progress. We would rather kill an initiative than allow it to die slowly and drain energy from the organization. The Board has the authority to kill an ongoing initiative if it is failing or deviating from the ISST mission or objectives

Launch of the International Society for Software Testing

Today is a special day. It is the day that we, the International Society for Software Testing, are officially open for business.

It is time to put the common sense back into testing and we intend to do so!
You can find the mission of the International Society for Software Testing here:

The International Society for Software Testing is all about encouraging and facilitating a strong and active community and we are very proud of our founding members:

Also we figured it could be of interest for you to know who the board is:

We are in an early stage and much more is to come. What we are committed to though is our mission!
But we can't do this alone and we hope that there are many of us who feels that it is time for a change and will join us in our quest.

Feel free to join our cause by becoming a member:

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