In Rising Against the Rent-Seekers, testing Blogger Michael Bolton is under no illusions as to the real agenda behind proponents of ISO 29119. This particular observation is very, very telling:
If you want to be on the international working group, it’s a commitment to six days of non-revenue work, somewhere in the world, twice a year. The ISO/IEC does not pay for travel expenses. Where have international working group meetings been held? According to the http://softwaretestingstandard.org/ Web site, meetings seem to have been held in Seoul, South Korea (2008); Hyderabad, India (2009); Niigata, Japan (2010); Mumbai, India (2011); Seoul, South Korea (2012); Wellington New Zealand (2013). Ask yourself these questions:
- How many independent testers or testing consultants from Europe or North America have that kind of travel budget?
- What kinds of consultants might be more likely to obtain funding for this kind of travel?
- Who benefits from the creation of a standard whose opacity demands a consultant to interpret or to certify?
It’s not exactly difficult to answer those three questions, is it?