Note: As the not-for-profit American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), we’re volunteer led and driven, and we’re grateful for the service of our many software testing experts over the years. Below is just the latest example of how ASTQB continues to advance software testing in the U.S. and globally.

TAMPA, FLORIDA (May 30, 2018) – H. “Taz” Daughtrey has been elected by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to a key standard-setting body for software testing. Mr. Daughtrey currently serves in the volunteer role of Treasurer for the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), the not-for-profit U.S. member of ISTQB.

In this role, Mr. Daughtrey will participate on a working group jointly sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The ISO/IEC working group is responsible for the series of standards, designated ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119, that define an internationally agreed basis for addressing concepts, processes, documentation, and design techniques for software testing. Composed of an international team of experts, the working group also coordinates with various other efforts such as standardization of automotive digital systems and health infomatics.

Mr. Daughtrey is a long-standing volunteer member of the Board of Directors of ASTQB, the U.S. member of the ISTQB. He has contributed to various software quality and reliability standards for the IEEE Computer Society for over 35 years.

Mr. Daughtrey leads the cybersecurity education effort at Central Virginia Community College, where he also teaches programming and networking courses. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Software Quality Professional.

He was previously a member of the Computer Science faculty at James Madison University and has over 30 years of involvement in designing, conducting, and evaluating testing of critical software-dependent systems. He continues a long history of contributing to IEEE software engineering standards, especially on verification and validation. Mr. Daughtrey has conducted workshops and provided consulting on a variety of software quality assurance topics across North America, Europe, and Japan.

He was Executive Director of the World Congress for Software Quality, has been on the program committee of numerous professional conferences, and made recent technical presentations such as “Securing Systems through Software Reliability Engineering,” “Economics of Software Quality Engineering,” and “The Many Faces of Software Unreliability.” He has edited two volumes of Fundamental Concepts for the Software Quality Engineerpublished by ASQ Quality Press.

Mr. Daughtrey’s previous experience in industry included roles in software development, training, and quality improvement in manufacturing and engineering for both commercial and naval nuclear power applications. He has also served as Quality Manager and Chief Security Officer in the medical device industry.

For more information about ASTQB and ISTQB software testing certification, contact Lois Kostroski at or visit ASTQB’s website at

About ASTQB and ISTQB Software Tester Certification:
ISTQB software testing certification is a reference point against which the effectiveness of software testing knowledge and skills can be evaluated. This reference point is maintained globally by ISTQB, the International Software Testing Qualifications Board, provider of the the most-used certification in software testing. Software testing certification for the U.S. is led by the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), the official U.S. country board for ISTQB software testing certification, as well as the provider of ASTQB testing certifications and IQBBA business analyst certification. The ASTQB website may be found at

About ISO:
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations working to promote worldwide proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices in 162 countries.

About IEC:
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.