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The Test Design Competition (TDC) is back with a greater challenge!

Demonstrate your skills and creativity in software test architecture and design and prize money totaling RM 32,000 awaits the winners. Form a group and register today! Closing date for registration is on the 15th March 2019 (for both OPEN and UNIVERSITY Categories).

About Test Design Competition 2019 (TDC 2019)

Test Design Competition 2019 (TDC 2019) is the 5th edition of the competition which, for a given Test Object in a (hypothetical) Real-world Test Environment, requires participants to:

Held in conjunction with SOFTECAsia 2019, TDC 2019 offers total cash prizes of RM 32,000 for both Open and University Categories.

Among others, the competition aims to promote creative and innovative systematic/software engineering-based approaches and techniques in software testing. It is also intended to increase visibility of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and testing practices in Malaysia as they help businesses to mitigate risks, and as a consequence, promote software tester as a strategic and rewarding career.

Via the competition, MSTB aims to give recognition to testing skills excellence of software test professionals and discover new talents from among the students.

The Judging Criteria are based on several elements including effectiveness, efficiency and the creativity of test solutions submitted. Prize-giving ceremony for the competition will take place during the 2nd day of SOFTECAsia 2019 on October 2nd, 2019.


Open Category

for Test Professionals
  1. Participation MUST be in a group basis;
  2. Each group may comprise minimum of two (2) and up to five (5) individuals from the same or different Malaysian-registered organisations;
  3. Each group may have one (1) non-Malaysian citizen member;
  4. Minimum two (2) individuals in a group must be a CTFL certified or equivalent in order to participate.
Prize Money

Winner: RM 10,000 plus 2 Conference Passports
Consolation prizes: RM 2,000 plus 1 Conference Passport for two (2) Finalists

University Category

for Students
  1. Participation MUST be in a group basis;
  2. Each group MUST comprise of four (4) undergraduate student members from the same University, and MUST be accompanied by a supervising lecturer;
  3. All group members are mandatory to register including the supervising lecturer;
  4. Only one (1) group member can be foreign student, the rest MUST be Malaysian citizens;
  5. The competition will comprise two (2) parts which are:
    • Part 1 - Advanced assignment (65 points);
    • Part 2 - ‘Over-the-weekend’ test challenge (35 points);
      • 'Over-the-weekend' assignment (25 points);
      • Presentation (10 points);
    • Note: Bonus up to 20 points for professionalism, maturity and/or innovation points demonstrated during “over-the-weekend” test challenge
  6. A maximum of twenty (20) groups will be accepted for this competition. Ideally, the TDC 2019 organiser would want to have ONE (1) group per University. However, University may nominate up to three (3) groups for TDC 2019 – where, the second or third group will be accepted if there is any vacant slot within the limit of twenty (20). Selection of the additional groups shall be done via balloting;
  7. All members of the group are required to participate in “over-the-weekend” test challenge; and
  8. Presentation to Panel of Judges, which will take place at the end of ‘over-the-weekend’ assignment, MUST be done by student members of the group.
Prize Money

Winner: RM 3,000
Consolation prizes: RM 1,000 for two (2) Top Teams

Note: 1. More details will be provided in the TDC 2019 Reference Document
2. Employees of MSTB, Q Lab Sdn. Bhd. and MSTB Board Member companies are not eligible to participate.


Team Registration Closing 15th March 2019 15th March 2019
Fee Payment Deadline 29th March 2019 29th March 2019 (for a maximum of 20 groups)
Release of TDC 2019 Reference Document 17th - 19th April (5PM) 17th - 19th April (with the "advanced assignment")
Open Category: Q&A Submission Closing 10th May 2019 N/A
Open Category: Submission Deadline 12th July 2019 (5PM) N/A
Open Category: Preliminary Round Presentations 17th - 18th August 2019 (Presentation slots will be pre-arranged by MSTB) N/A
University Category: "Over-the-Weekend" Test Challenge N/A 20th - 21st July 2019 (Presentation slots will be decided by balloting during the session)
Open Category: Re-Submission for Finalists 20th September 2019 N/A
University Category; Announcement of the Top Three (3) Groups OR Tie-Breaker Assignment (If required) N/A 1st Oct 2019 (Day 1 of SOFTECAsia 2019)
Final Round Presentations 30th September 2019 30th September 2019 (Tie-breaker round, if required)
Announcement of Results, Winners and Prize-Giving 2nd October 2019 (Day 2 of SOFTECAsia 2019)


Category Exclude SST (MYR)
Open RM 600 per team
University RM 200 per team


The Mechanics

Open Category

  • Participants for OPEN CATEGORY are required to develop an original Test Architecture and Test Design for the Test Object and (Hypothetical) Real-world Test Environment, based on certain methodology/approach such as the ISTQB Fundamental Test Process (FTP). Participants are encouraged to introduce their own methodology or innovate based on existing methodologies.
    • Participants for OPEN CATEGORY are required to produce and submit four (4) major deliverables:
    • Test Architecture Design (TAD),
    • Test Design Specification (TDS),
    • Test Case Specification document/list of test cases (i.e. test detail design document) and
    • Test Procedure (i.e. test implementation document)

  • Judging for OPEN CATEGORY will be conducted in three (3) stages:

  • 1. Initial
  • Participant will be scored based on the submission of the four (4) deliverables. Short-listed participants will proceed to the Preliminary round.

  • 2. Preliminary
  • Participants will be required to present their case to the Panel of Judges (assuming the role of stakeholders). Short-listed participants will proceed to the Final round.

  • 3. Final
  • Finalists are allowed to revise/improve their submissions. Another round of presentation (based on revised submissions) will be held to select the winner for each category.

  • Note: Panel of Judges for the Preliminary and Final may comprise international SQA professionals and/or Test professionals/experts.

  • Submission of artefacts for OPEN CATEGORY are to be made via email: tdc@mstb.org

University Category

  • Participants for UNIVERSITY CATEGORY are required to produce, submit and present these (two (2) parts) deliverables during “Over-the-Weekend Test Challenge” (20th - 21st July 2019)
    • For Part 1 - Advanced assignment, participants are required to produce and submit mandatory deliverables as below:
      • Test Architecture Design (TAD),
      • Test Design Spescification (TDS),
      • Test Case Specification (TCS),
      • Test Procedure (TP),
      • Test Traceability

    • And subsequently present the outcome of Part 2 - 'Over-the-Weekend' test Challenge (which will only be revealed during the "Over-the-Weekend" campaign day) together with the summary of "Part 1" deliverables.

  • Judging for UNIVERSITY CATEGORY will be based on participants’ ability to complete the assignment based on the challenge given earlier and during the “over-the-weekend test challenge”. Subsequently, participants may be assigned to a “tie-breaker assignment” (if required) that will need to be presented and judged by a panel of judges.

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