Gearing up for the Annual Conference
SOFTEC 2012, the 5th edition of the annual software testing conference organised by MSTB, is taking shape nicely for the July date. This year, the event will be held at the Istana Hotel in Kuala Lumpur from July 10 to 12, 2012, with a theme of The Art of Testing.
Over 30 sessions of tutorial, workshop and keynote sessions have been planned for SOFTEC 2012 and to date, 14 international speakers have participation. A few additional names are expected to be included. SOFTEC 2012 will also introduce a new feature – the Test Lab which is intended to provide an avenue for delegates to gain some practical experience on testing tools.
As part of the efforts to increase local participation in the conference, a colloquium track will also be held in conjunction with SOFTEC 2012.
TMMi Level 2 Accreditation for Q-Lab
The Q-Laboratory joins the ranks of a few other testing organisations around the world as it obtained the Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi) Level 2 accreditation last November 2011.
With just some gaps to fill to meet all requirements for the next level, the Q-Lab aims even higher. It is now going for Level 3 accreditation. The Q-Lab is confident that Level 3 accreditation is achievable within the next six months.
Being TMMi accredited speaks volumes about our capability as a world-class testing facility, said Q-Lab Director Amiruddin Jaafar Sidek.
“The accreditation will put Q-Lab in a better standing as we offer our services to international customers,” he said.
Level 3 is currently the highest level of certification available from TMMi - higher levels of certifications are being developed. To date, only two testing facilities in the world have been accredited to this level.
Promising Results from Pilot Universities
The Pilot Programme to incorporate professional software testing syllabus into Malaysian university’s software engineering courses is showing good early results, with improved passing rates of certification examination among participating students.
To date, two batches comprising a total of 51 students from the programme have sat for the Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) examinations and of the total 41 of them passed the exam to earn the certification, returning a passing rate of 80 per cent.
This reflects a marked improvement over the earlier average passing rate of 54.9 per cent for students. Those students took the CTFL exam under the Q-Capability Development scheme prior to the start of the Pilot Programme. Under the scheme, students underwent a four-day professional course before sitting for the exam. Although the course is based on the same syllabus, the training materials used were specifically designed for working professionals.
For the Pilot Universities Programme, the lecture materials used have been specifically developed for university students by the German Testing Board (GTB) and are adopted by universities across Germany.