Professional Development

BCS SIGiST

I have been Chair of the BCS Specialist Group in Software Testing (SIGiST) since 2004, and involved since 1989.  This group provides not-for-profit conferences four times a year with internationally-renowned speakers (please see http://www.bcs.org/category/9262).

There is also an excellent prize-winning soft copy magazine produced by the SIGiST, called ‘The Tester’.  See here to download both the latest copy – and from an archive of previous publications going back to 2002. There are also SIGiST Newsletters available from as far back as 1996.

ISTQB – Test Certification

From 1997 to 2003 I was Chair of the BCS ISEB Software Testing Certificate Board (now part of  BCS Professional Certifications), responsible for developing professional qualifications for software testers.

In 2001 I founded the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (see www.istqb.org) to promote software testing qualifications on a global scale.

The first qualification was made available in 1998 and there are now more than 10 different qualifications at different levels with over 420,000 successful candidates.

Teaching Software Engineering

In the mid-1990s I founded the BCS Specialist Group in the Teaching of Software Engineering, which was largely of interest to university lecturers sharing best practices.  Unhappily this group no longer exists.