JUNE 23-27, 2019

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

FROM BERLIN TO CHICAGO

Join North America's greatest Agile Testing Festival!

Software investigation & exploration - Supercharging your value

Many organizations struggle with incomplete requirements or badly documented systems. Still there is a time pressure to get systems live. Short iterations in agile projects give testers less time to write test cases and prepare for test execution. More and more testers want to be challenged and use their skills, not follow a process.

Some people think exploratory testing (ET) is just a test technique, even worse: they claim it is an informal test technique. Exploratory testing is not the same as unstructured or ad-hoc testing. Cem Kaner defines exploratory testing as "a style of software testing that emphasizes the personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester to continually optimize the quality of his/her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project.” Some people think exploratory testing (ET) is just a test technique, even worse: they claim it is an informal test technique. Exploratory testing is not the same as unstructured or ad-hoc testing. Cem Kaner defines exploratory testing as "a style of software testing that emphasizes the personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester to continually optimize the quality of his/her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project.”

To some degree all testing done by humans is exploratory. Exploratory testing can be a very powerful approach, but is hard to master. It can be more effective and efficient yet when done right. In this workshop participants experience what exploratory testing is and helps understanding the strategy, tactics and techniques of ET. They will experiment and experience how exploration can boost the value of testing. It also provides tips, tricks and insights from a practical point of view how to master exploratory testing. What are the practical skills needed for successful testing using exploration in the real world? This workshop also introduces how ET can be planned, structured and provide traceability.

 

Takeaways:

  1. A clear understanding of what ET is, what common misconceptions are and how it can help you. 
  2. Lots of fun exercises where we test real software to learn essential skills like exporation, note taking, use of heuristics and chartering.
  3. Insight in how ET can be planned, structured and provide traceability.
  4. Insights from a practical point of view how to master ET and how ET can boost your testing.


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