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Pushing the Malaysian software testing envelope: MSTB interview

AvantiKumar | June 28, 2013
In addition to SOFTEC 2013, MSTB’s president details initiatives to further build Malaysia’s software testing industry such as considering the recruitment of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)..


Certain European companies - such as SAP recently have singled out software testing professionals from the ASD (autistic spectrum) community. While people with ASD have communication issues, their ability to analyse long sets of data with great accuracy is of especial use in quality and testing roles. Do you plan to launch an initiative to take advantage of this in Malaysia and when?

We are aware of the development and through our working relationship with the German Testing Board (GTB) we are currently evaluating the initiative undertaken in Germany to see if it will be suitable for the Malaysian environment before launching a similar initiative here.


Has the unique approach you mentioned the last time we spoke about building Malaysia as a regional software testing hub yielded meaningful results?

The unique approach is an approach on the software testing ecosystem as a whole by MSTH whereby we have incorporated public-private collaboration. The private sector leads the implementation while the public sector intervenes in areas such as policy and legal framework. Apart from that, we have has active international
participation from the onset. We also provide the platform for stakeholders to collaborate thought initiatives such as SOFTEC and STST.

Some intermediate achievements that we have achieved domestically and internationally are:

Domestic:

- Increase in the number of certified testers, both CTFL & CPRE-FL (as explained in above)
-  Open tenders issued by domestic buyers specifically on software testing/Independent Verification & Validation (IVV)
- Eight universities in MSTH Academic Outreach Pilot Programme (incorporation of CTFL & CPRE syllabi in Software Engineering courses)
- Q-LAB achieved its TMMi Level 3 accreditation in June 2012 and it is eligible to take on "high-end" software testing projects
- Government amending procurement policy to cater for independent software testing
- Continuous success of SOFTEC annual conference. This year, moving up to regional level as SOFTEC Asia 2013 is targeting 500 delegates from all around the region. We had only about 100 delegates at the inaugural SOFTEC (in 2008). Since then the number has been increasing. For SOFTEC 2012, the number of delegates was 340.
-  Establishment of regional chapters of MSTH to spearhead efforts to champion development of software testing industry, aligned to MSTH objectives, at the geographic regions of the country.
-  Local companies that aspire to become world-class IVV companies have started to be aware of our existence and enquire.

International:

- Appointment of six internationally renowned software testing experts as members of MSTH International Promotion & Advisory Council (IPAC).
- Collaboration with Korea Testing Laboratory on Software Product Certification Scheme.
- Collaboration GTB and University of Memphis on MSTH Academic Outreach Programme, which covers both academic & applied research programmes.
- Malaysia is now a voting member at the International Standards Organisations, actively participating on the development of new software testing standard (ISO/IEC 29119).
- Malaysia, through Standards Malaysia, has registered an application to host ISO JTC1/SC7 Plenary in 2017 (i.e. an annual congregation of the world's experts to review and/or develop standards in the field of information technology)
- Collaboration with ISTQB & IREB.

The next steps or moves forward are as follows:

- Cluster development programme, step to make them world-class IVV service provider
- Launch of Software Product Certification Scheme
- More intervention from government to encourage uptake of IVV services
- Create/expand COP, extending to International community
- Initiate creation of directory of FDI, etc

 

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