Malaysia Software ​Testing Hub (MSTH)

MSTB is currently the only member of ISTQB to initiate a software-testing hub. The Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) is the first program of its kind in the world, created to sustain the industry as a whole and supported by the government.
 
The Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH), a stimulus program wholly initiated by MSTB, is designed to create awareness and elevate the software testing industry in the country and region by functioning as a centre for software testing excellence. MSTH plans to create a pool of globally-competitive certified professionals in software testing through a pioneer apprenticeship program open to eligible candidates.
The development of MSTH is a milestone in the software testing industry as it denotes thought leadership and mindset change among key players. MSTH will put Malaysia on the map, not only as a nation focused on quality, but as a globally sought-after testing hub.
 
MSTH conforms to the government’s plan under the Human Capital Development initiative initiated by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) to drive a knowledge-based economy and create a mass of skilled professionals and experts. 
 
The Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia values are embodied in the inception of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) that embraces a culture of excellence where value is determined by the quality of work, knowledge and experience.  
“Q” equates to Quality, which is the core concept of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH).
 
The Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) consists of four (4) components to complete its ecosystem:
  1. ​​Q-Capability - A training and certification program designed to produce highly sought-after, internationally recognized, and globally competitive professionals and experts. The Q-Cap syllabi are recognized by ISTQB. 
  2. ​​Q-Lab - A world class testing facility with state-of-the-art equipment where software testers can practice, research, and test software while working on real test cases alongside internationally certified trainers and professionals.
  3. Q-Industrial Development - A sub-program that creates awareness of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) by planning communication programs and PR initiatives to generate interest. It is also responsible for managing industrial relations with various stakeholders.
  4. ​​​​​​​Q-Portal - The development and implementation of an online portal to support MSTH. The Q-portal will be the gateway to information on software testing, development, and advances in the industry, discussion forums, news, and events
These four components are central in supporting the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) in achieving its mission and goals.
 

Q-Capability
 
Q-Capability, or Q-Cap for short, is the training arm of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH). The major focus of this subdivision is to train and produce high calibre software testers with the expertise to compete internationally through a specially designed pioneer apprenticeship program.
The apprenticeship program sees Q-Cap providing real-time hands-on training at the Q-Lab and conducting examinations to ensure that each software tester qualifies with an ISTQB certification at the foundation level or advanced level – both of which are recognized as professional qualifications in the testing community. The apprenticeship program will be led by a group of internationally certified experts and professionals and includes an international trainee-exchange program with other ISTQB members.
 
With internationally recognized certification, MSTH will be well equipped to produce software testers capable of leveraging their knowledge to provide the best service across all their engagements. The qualified testers can work with organizations across different industries to effect improvements including time and cost reductions, enhanced productivity, and ensure a higher return on investment.
There are currently more than 130,000 ISTQB certified software testers globally who practice within a common software-testing framework. Q-Cap’s training program supports this framework as training and certifications are regulated under the auspices of the ISTQB.
The number of Malaysians earning ISTQB certification has increased compared to the previous years. In 2007, MSTB passed 31 individuals, with the number rising to 105 in 2008, while 2009 saw an all-time high of 141 passes (up to October).
 
Certification in the field of software-testing is a valuable asset as it increases the marketability of a software-tester within an organization or industry. Professional certification adds value and helps accelerate an individual’s career path.
Q-Cap is now accepting applications from individuals interested in software-testing certification. The program is currently open solely to Malaysian citizens who have completed tertiary education in technical fields such as engineering, IT, and the sciences.
Successful applicants may apply for sponsorship from MSTB, and may be presented with apprenticeship opportunities at Q-Laboratory, another segment of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH).
Q-Cap aims to attract professionals, particularly those with a requirements engineering background. Individuals applying to be software testers can be fresh graduates, or those sponsored by their employers to master another skill set.

 
Q-Laboratory
 
Q-Lab, a 6,500 sq. ft test centre located in Puchong, is a world-class testing facility that is part of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH). Q-Lab, built to assist in developing Malaysia’s professional testing community, is furnished with state-of-the-art equipment and can accommodate up to 120 professional testers. The lab can also run up to 10 testing projects concurrently.
 
The Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) aspires to make software testing more accessible to interested individuals with the Q-Lab set up. Q-Lab provides the perfect opportunity for aspiring individuals to join the software-testing industry. Q-Lab also functions as a testing centre for local companies who wish to outsource their software testing requirements.
Qualified software testers chosen for the apprenticeship program can start their new careers in this lab using a hands-on approach, enabling them to practice, research and test software in real time. Testing will be done in a controlled environment where junior testers are given genuine projects to work on under the supervision of experienced testers.

 
Q-Industry Development
 
Software testing in Malaysia is still in its infancy as the industry is largely untapped. Q-Industry Development refers to part of the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) that raises awareness about software testing and the availability of training and international accreditation.
 
Efforts are underway in promoting software testing and the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH), one of which is the annual Software Testing Conference (SOFTEC), which first began in 2008.
SOFTEC 09, held in July, successfully addressed issues, discrepancies, and inconsistencies in the area of software testing, while exploring and identifying best practices, challenges, and innovations in the industry.
 
SOFTEC 09, as the first program under Q-Industry Development, managed to reach target stakeholders with a 100% increase in participation over the previous year. Knowledge-sharing sessions and business opportunities were explored as more international speakers took the stage.
SOFTEC 09 was also supported by the Malaysian government with a representation of 50 delegates.
 
SOFTEC 2010, set to be the stage for the ISTQB General Assembly, will be held for the first time in Malaysia.
Q-Industry Development also includes a series of recruitment drives to raise awareness and attract individuals interested in software testing. The recruitment drives will promote Q-Lab and Q-Cap with roadshows held nationwide in conjunction with this program. MSTB will hold roadshows in Penang (31 Oct – 1 Nov 09), Sabah (7-8 Nov 09), Johor (14-15 Nov 09), Sarawak (21-22 Nov 09) and Kuala Lumpur (5-6 Dec 09).
These recruitment drives will also include industry dialogues and on-site interviews with interested applicants to determine their eligibility.
 
 
Q-Portal
 
Q-Portal is poised to be the gateway to connect budding and professional software testers to the industry. Q-Portal, as MSTH’s online arm, will create awareness about MSTH in the cyberworld.
 
The public can access information on the dates and venues of upcoming training sessions via Q-Portal and receive updates about the industry and upcoming events.
Q-Portal will also function as an online community of software testers with chat rooms and forums on the latest developments in software testing as well as issues, challenges, and opportunities in the industry.