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 totalling RM 15,000 awaits the winners. Go solo or form a team and register today! Closing date for registration is April 15, 2015.

Registration is closed. 

About Test Design Competition 2015 (TDC 2015)

Test Design Competition 2015 is the 2nd edition of the competition which requires participants to develop the best possible Test Architecture and Design for a given Test Object in a (hypothetical) Real-world Test Environment. Held in conjunction with SOFTEC Asia 2015, TDC 2015 offers cash prizes of RM 10,000 for the winner in the Open Category and RM 5,000 for the winner in the University Category. 

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 closing of SOFTEC Asia 2015 on September 10, 2015.


 1.   Participation can be on individual or group basis
 2.   Individual participants MUST be Malaysian citizens
 3.   Groups may comprise up to five (5) individuals from the same or different Malaysian-registered organisations 
 4.   Only groups of five (5) may have one (1) non-Malaysian citizen member
  1.  Participation MUST be on a group basis
  2.  Each team can have up to four (4) student members, and MUST be accompanied by a supervising lecturer
  3.  Majority of the team members (students) MUST be Malaysian citizens 
  4.  Any presentation, should it be required, MUST be done by student members of the team

Important dates:

Registration Fee


  GST No: 001742274560



The Mechanics

     MSTB as the organiser will provide all official TDC participants with the TDC 2015 Reference Document describing the Test Object, a (hypothetical) Real-world Test Environment, and all other relevant information. This document will only be released to the official participants once payment of the appropriate Registration Fee has been received:

     The TDC 2015 Reference Document will only be released to the official participants once payment of the appropriate Registration Fee has been received;


Payment of Registration Fee:

Deposit/Online Transfer

Bank name: MAYBANK

Account name: Malaysian Software Testing Board

Account number: 5644 1870 5318

Reference: TDC 2015 <individual/team name>

Please email a copy of Deposit Slip/Online Receipt to tdc@mstb.org 

    •​     Participants 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 are required to produce and submit four (4) major deliverables:

o    Test Architecture Design (TAD),

o    Test Design Specification (TDS),

o    Test Case Specification document/list of test cases (i.e. test detail design document) and

o    Test Procedure (i.e. test implementation document)

   •      Judging will be conducted in two stages:

o    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.


o    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.


•       The Finalists of the TDC 2015 may be invited to showcase their Test Design at the designated exhibition booth during SOFTEC Asia 2015.

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

Terms and Conditions 

The competition is open to all Malaysian individuals and Malaysian-registered organisations except for  employees of MSTB, Q-Lab Sdn. Bhd and MSTB's Board
    Member companies;

  • Decisions by the Panel of Judges shall be final and shall not be disputed;

  • The final judging scores will not be disclosed to the participants;

  • Registration fee must be paid before the TDC 2015 Reference Document can be released to participants;

  • Participants shall keep the Test Object specifications in confidence by signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the organiser;

  • Submissions must be works originating in Malaysia;

  • Submission in English language only and in total, not more than 100 pages (A4) long including cover page;

  • MSTB reserves the right to keep, publish, share and/or distribute submitted deliverables to Panel of Judges and/or any other parties it deems fit;

  • Expenses that may be incurred by participants for the purpose of their participation, including attending Preliminary and Final presentations are to be borne by

  • MSTB shall not be liable for any kind of loss, including loss in property, money, equipment, time and/or any other resources, suffered by participants due to their
participation in TDC 2015;

  • MSTB reserves the rights to deny participation and disqualify participants , at any stage of the competition, for non-compliance and/or violation of any of the term and
   condition; and

  • By participating in this Test Design Competition, all participants shall be deemed to have agreed with all the TDC 2015 terms and conditions.