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Rex Black

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Rex Black (born July 16, 1964) is a software engineer, entrepreneur[1] and an author in the field of software testing.[2][3] Black graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1990 with a bachelors of science in computer science and engineering.[1] In 1983, Black started work in the software engineering field and has spent more than 20 years in software testing.[4][5]

Black is chief executive officer and founder of RBCS, Inc.[1][6] Black has also taught courses in managing the testing process at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Lifelong Engineering Education[7] and is an adjunct faculty member and course developer of business analysis and software testing curricula for Villanova University.[8] He serves on editorial board of Software Test & Performance Magazine.[9]

Software quality advocacy

From April 2005 to April 2009, Black served as president of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB),[10][11] an international group of 40 international boards responsible for the international qualification scheme called "ISTQB Certified Tester."[12] Black also co-authored the ISTQB Advanced Syllabus (released in July 2007),[13] and is vice chair of the Working Party Foundation Level ISTQB Syllabus.[14]

From January 2005 to January 2008, Black was president of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), a branch of the International Software Testing Qualification Board. He currently sits on the ASTQB Board of Directors.[15]

Black served on the Program Committee and as a Session Chair for the Third World Congress on Software Quality in Munich in September 2005.[16] He’s also presented at the 2008 World Congress on Software Quality in Maryland and the 2009-2013, Software Testing Conference (Softec09 and SoftecAsia13) in Kuala Lumpur.[17][18][19]

Selected bibliography


  • Black, Rex (April 2009). Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing, 3e. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN 0-470-40415-9.
  • Black, Rex (July 2011). Advanced Software Testing: Volume 3. Santa Barbara: Rocky Nook Publisher. ISBN 1-933952-39-3.
  • Black, Rex (December 2008). Advanced Software Testing: Volume 2. Santa Barbara: Rocky Nook Publisher. ISBN 1-933952-36-9.
  • Black, Rex (October 2008). Advanced Software Testing: Volume 1. Santa Barbara: Rocky Nook. ISBN 1-933952-19-9.
  • Black, Rex (January 2008). Foundations of Software Testing. Salt Lake City: Thomson. ISBN 1-84480-989-7.
  • Black, Rex (February 2007). Pragmatic Software Testing: Becoming an Effective and Efficient Test Professional. New York: Wiley. ISBN 0-470-12790-2.
  • Black, Rex (August 2003). Critical Testing Processes: Plan, Prepare, Perform, Perfect. London: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-74868-1. (Includes Indian, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese editions.)
  • Black, Rex (July 2002). Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing, 2e. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN 0-471-22398-0.
  • Black, Rex (June 1999). Managing the Testing Process, 1e, “Best Practices” series. New York: Microsoft Press. ISBN 0-7356-0584-X.



  1. ^ a b c "Tech-savvy entrepreneur bolsters clients’ computing powers", San Antonio Business Journal, by Mike W. Thomas, 7-17-2009.
  2. ^ "Testing Experience Magazine", Managing the Testing Process and other book recommendations, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  3. ^ "Advance Software Testing", Barnes and Nobles, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  4. ^ "Focus on Rex Black, Expert Software Test Practitioner & Author: A CAI State of the Practice Interview", Computer Aid Inc., CAI Journal, July 2006.
  5. ^ "OTN Interview with Rex Black: Automation, ISTQB certification & Industry Trends", Oracle technology Network, by Marina Gil-Santamaria, Published July 2008.
  6. ^ "The Right Stuff: Four Small Steps for Testers, One Giant Leap for Risk Mitigation", Better Software Magazine, by Rex Black and Barton Layne, April 2007.
  7. ^ Center for Lifelong Engineering Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  8. ^ Business Analysis Staff & Faculty, Villanova University, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  9. ^ Software Test and Performance Collaborative, Software Test & Performance magazine, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  10. ^ “We’re all part of the story” Archived 2009-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, Software Test & Performance, by David Strom, "Get to Know Your ASTQB Board" (6-11-2012), Retrieved 6-11-2012.
  11. ^ Interview with Rex Black, British Computer Society (BCS), by Youssef Bouguerra, January 2009.
  12. ^ "Quality Software and Testing, Good and Practical Ideas for Testers"
  13. ^ Certified Tester Advanced Level Syllabus, ISTQB, 10-12-2007.
  14. ^ Working Party Foundation Level, ISTQB, Last updated 4-7-2009, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  15. ^ Board of Directors, American Software Testing Qualifications Board, Inc., Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  16. ^ Third World Congress on Software Quality Program, Sept. 26-30, 2005, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  17. ^ 2008 World Congress for Software Quality brochure, Sept. 15-18, 2008, Retrieved 8-18-2009.
  18. ^ "Malaysia to become regional software testing hub: SOFTEC09", Computer World, 11-3-2009.
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