How to get Involved
There are a number of ways that you can contribute to the development of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 series of standards. You can:
- become an member of the international working group that is developing the standard,
- become a reviewer of the standard through a mirror working group within your national standards body, or
- become a reviewer via an industry standards body such as the IEEE Standards Association.
The most significant way you can get involved is the first option - to join ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 WG26 Software Testing, which is the working group that is developing the standard. This requires the largest commitment. To do this, you first need to become a member of your national standards body and then become a member of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 WG26. Being a member of the working group requires attendance to 6 days of meetings, every 6 months, at various locations around the world. This may make it sound very glamourous, but it also requires significant effort and commitment both at the meetings and throughout the year. Also, contributing to international standards is a volunteer position, and ISO/IEC do not provide funding to members of working groups to attend meetings. Many of the members of our working group are self-funded out of their own pockets, while very few lucky individuals who are funded by their organisations and/or by their national standards bodies. You will need to contact the national standards body in your country to find out if funding support is available.
To find the name and contact details of the national standards body in your country, visit the ISO Members page on the ISO website.
The second option, becomming a reviewer of the standard via the mirror working group within your national standards body, is an option that requires the least amount of commitment, but still contributes wonderfully to the development of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 standards. To do this, contact your national standards body and request to join the local mirror working group (or start one up if it doesn't exist in your country yet!) and start reviewing copies of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 standards. To find out how to contact your national standards body, visit http://www.iso.org/iso/about/iso_members.htm.
The third option, becomming a reviewer of the standard via an industry standards body such as the IEEE Standards Association, offers another avenue for individual experts to participate internationally, without involvement in national organizations.
We hope you will take up the exciting opportunity of being an official contributor to the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 series of standards. We value your feedback and that of software testing experts from around the world.