In August and September 1996 the first two articles on a Test Maturity Model were published in “Crosstalk” from the Software Technology Support Center, Hill Air Force Base in Utah, USA. It was written by I. Burnstein, T. Suwanassart and C.R. Carlson all from the Illinois Institute of Technology and was later documented in Ilene Burnstein’s book “Practical Software Testing” ISBN 0-387-95131-8.

The need for a Test Maturity Model was raised from the development of the Capability Maturity Model, CMM, by SEI Institute which had very little about software testing, even when test and software quality management often occupies up to between 40 and 60% of an IT development budget. It was this gap which Ilene Burnstein and her colleagues wanted to close with the development of the Test Maturity Model, TMM in 1996.

TMMi was used in Europe by a number of different people working within the Testing industry who expanding on the work created by Ilene Burnstein and her colleagues. In 2005 these people came together and created the TMMi Foundation as a not for profit organization to continue their work and to collaborate with others in the industry and to develop the TMMi reference model based on experience from working with the TMM model and to include industry driven requirements. The founding members of the TMMi Foundation include:

  • Andrew Goslin (UK)
  • Klaus Olsen (Denmark)
  • Fran O’Hara (Ireland)
  • Mac Miller (UK) * Geoff Thompson (UK)
  • Erik van Veenendaal (The Netherlands)
  • Brian Wells (UK)

Brian Wells launched the TMMi Foundation at the ICSTest-UK conference on 28 September 2005. The conference dedicated a track to TMMi, including two case studies presented by Marks & Spencer and Improve QS and an afternoon tutorial on TMMi. Brian Wells spoke about the history of TMMi, its structure and the aims of the Foundation.