'Standards' define a set of protocols/rules/procedures based upon which an organisation carries out their defined goals. Software testing has got its own set of standards, layed down by ISO(International Standards Organisation) and IEEE, adherence to which is important in realisation of pre-defined objectives.
There is a new software testing standard that has emerged, which is the joint effort of members of over twenty countries and the inputs by the members of IEEE. That standard is - ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119.
ISO 29119 states "The purpose of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 series of software testing standards is to define an internationally-agreed to set of standards for software testing that can be used by any organization when performing any form of software testing ".
The standard recognizes the dynamic nature of software development, with many organisations indulged in agile methodologies, development of personal computers and embedded systems, mobile applications etc. The advent of such things act as an influential factor for increasing demand for software testing.
ISO 29119 has a series of standards. Now let's look at the various software testing standards. Following is a list of some of the new set of standards.
ISO/IEEE/IEC29119 standard for software testing is a widely accepted standard. It acts as a blueprint for carrying out software testing activities. These software testing standards do set a benchmark, and if accepted by organisations, they shall prove to be a turning point in the way organisation's work at present. It is revolutionary that these standards are a refinement of traditional approaches and shall help a great deal in building a completely new era of software testing.