ISTQB Effectiveness survey


As part of its commitment to continuous improvement and the advancement of the software testing profession, ISTQB® conducted an international online survey of test engineers and managers.

It was open from June 7th to October 1st, 2013 and several thousand responses were received from almost 70 countries.

Two versions of the survey were available: one for test engineers, including 21 questions, and another one for test managers, comprising 24 questions. The most significant findings from the first ISTQB® Effectiveness survey are as follows:

1.The majority of Test Managers believe that participating in the ISTQB® certification scheme will positively impact testing quality in their projects (75%) and will enable them to provide a positive career path to their employees (55%).

2. Test Engineers and Test Managers alike are highly satisfied with the ISTQB® CTFL certifications and happy to recommend these to their colleagues (91% - Test Engineers, 94% - Test Managers).

3. There is strong demand for Agile certification throughout the world and across all major industries (85% of respondents are interested).

4. Approximately 70% of survey participants attribute a significant part of their certification success to the courses they undertook from accredited training providers.

5. In addition to Agile Testing, the following have emerged as the most important topics for the future: Performance Testing, Testing for Mobile Devices, and Usability Testing.

The Survey report is available for download from the ISTQB® Web Site at the following link:

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