I’ve recently got back from the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 Plenary meeting in Berlin. In case you don’t understand the acronym, this is a meeting of the Software and systems engineering sub-committee of the International Standards Organisation. SC7 and it’s working groups meet twice a year, with the Plenary held in May, and working group meetings held in the autumn. Being an international organisation, the meetings are held in different places across the world, to enable members to be able to travel to the meetings.
This year the Plenary was in held in Berlin.
I am part of working group 2 – Software Systems Documentation. This is the longest surviving working group in SC7, and works on developing ISO standards for software and systems engineering documentation. We have active members from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, UK, and the USA. The current main focus of the working group is a suite of standards aimed at different roles in the development and supply of user documentation:
- Requirements for designers and developers of user documentation
- Requirements for testers and assessors of user documentation
- Requirements for suppliers and acquirers of user documentation
- Requirements for managers of user documentation
I am in fact the editor for the standard on requirements for testers and assessors of user documentation. This standard covers the processes involved in testing and validating your user documentation, including documentation review and usability testing. Because of this work, I am also a liaison from working group 2 to working group 26, which is a new working group on software testing. This group is working on a testing standard in three parts, one of which focuses on the documentation which should be produced during testing of a software product such as test plans.
We had a very successful meeting in Berlin, with good progress made on all the projects, and discussion of some future and potential future projects. Here is the team at last year’s Plenary meeting in Moscow: