Geek-fest for software testers is back

  • Malaysia Testing Centre of Excellence to be launched
  • 6th edition of Malaysian national forum on software testing
Geek-fest for software testers is back

THE Software Testing Straight Talk (STST) forum is returning for the sixth time to Malaysia.
 
With the theme Ensuring Quality Through IVV Services, STST 2015 will be held from Nov 3-4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur. IVV stands for Independent Validation and Verification.
 
STST 2015 is organised by the Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB), in collaboration with the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department, Standards Malaysia, and the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (Mampu).
 
In addition to presentations by speakers from Malaysia and abroad, STST 2015 will also include the launch of the Malaysia Testing Centre of Excellence (MY TCoE) and a preview of the Independent Verification and Validation Handbook for the Malaysian Public Sector.
 
Conceptually, the MY TCoE is intended to provide expert advisory in matters related to software testing for the public sector. It is under the purview of Mampu, the central agency responsible for assessing and monitoring ICT projects in the public sector.
 
The IVV Handbook, meanwhile, will contain guidelines on managing IVV or third-party testing projects by government agencies.
 
Development of the handbook was undertaken by consultants from the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. The team is led by Professor Dr Jasbir Dhaliwal. A Malaysian, Jasbir had previously taught at the University of Malaya.
 
Both the MY TCoE and IVV Handbook initiatives had been mooted in discussions at last year’s STST forum which specifically discussed issues related to implementation of IVV projects in government agencies and ministries under the Public Sector Software Testing (or Pengujian Perisian Sektor Awam – PPSA) project pilot.
 
The pilot implementation was under the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) initiative, and served as a precursor to the rollout of the government’s procurement guidelines (PK2/2013) which require IVV engagement for all critical and high-impact ICT projects undertaken by public sector organisations.
 
STST 2015, meanwhile, is expected to be attended by 200 participants from industry, government and academia. Apart from keynote presentations, the forum will also maintain its breakout sessions format to discuss and seek recommendations on issues relevant to the MSTH initiative.
 
A limited number of seats are still available and those interested to participate are urged to register immediately via www.qportal.com.my.
 
The STST forum was introduced in 2010 under the patronage of MSTH and serves as a platform for stakeholders’ consultation on software testing industry development programmes initiated under MSTH.
 
Feedback, comments and suggestions collated at the forum will be used as input for planning of future MSTH programmes.
 
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