Exploratory Test in a nutshell

At DWET (Danish Workshop on Exploratory Testing) I presented a drawing of “Exploratory Testing in a nutshell” that have helped me structure my ET approach.

Case 1:
Supplementary to scripted test strategy of a customer facing website. Use to identify ideas, select ideas to be in scope, and to structure feedback loop. Test management tool support: HPQC with ideas in the test plan and “in scope” in the test lab.

Case 2:
Social media website to be used by account management teams to collaborate with external contacts. Test strategy consists of three parts: Factory Acceptance at supplier, Site Acceptance / “UAT” – and “Exploratory Subject Matter Expert and Social Media Site Advocates”. Tool support based on blog posts and documents on the social media platform it self.

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7 thoughts on “Exploratory Test in a nutshell

  1. Thanks for sharing Jesper.

    I particularly like the solid arrow from Ideas to In Scope. I think that’s a great visual representation of one of the greatest benefits of ET.

  2. [ CIO magazine, http://www.cio.com/article/730131/How_to_Adjust_to_the_Changing_Face_of_Software_Testing ]
    //It’s certainly true that exploratory testing is rarely repeated. The question is the value of repeatability. Exploratory testing proponents would ask, if the number of possible input combinations is infinite, wouldn’t testing with different values, and different paths through the software, actually increase coverage over time? For that matter, if the software has different features with every build, along with different known risks, why test it the same way?//

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