The myths of exploratory testing

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Presentation by Jose Aracil and Luis Fraile about "The Myths of Exploratory Testing" at Europe's greatest agile event of the year "Agile testing days"

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The myths of exploratory testing

  1. 1. Myths of exploratory testing Luis Fraile // Co-Founder, CTO // VS Anywhere Jose Aracil // Operations Manager // Globe Testing
  2. 2. Luis Fraile luis.fraile@vsanywhere.com @lfraile - @vs_anywhere www.lfraile.net http://geeks.ms/blogs/lfraile/
  3. 3. José Aracil jose.aracil@globetesting.com @pep0- @globetesting www.josearacil.com
  4. 4. Exploratory testing? 04/11/2013
  5. 5. Inspect and adapt TEST EARLY, TEST OFTEN !!! Add value to your customer Keys to success Be creative! Take advantage of your team´s skillset Additional to other Testing Quickly find defects Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  6. 6. Some myths… Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  7. 7. Myth 1: Same as Ad-hoc testing Ad-hoc testing is a commonly used term for software testing performed without planning and documentation Must be planned and documented You must know What has been tested When was it tested What defects where logged Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing Some ideas Testing tours from James Whittaker Sessionbased from James Bach Your own method 04/11/2013
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  9. 9. Myth 2: Can´t be measured Multiple measurement techniques • Session-Based Test Management SBTM • Amount of logged defects • Defects vs. user story complexity You must be creative Warning… Warning! • Don´t be fooled by metrics Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04-Nov-13
  10. 10. Myth 3: Endless Difficult to focus on long tasks (> 25 min) Endless == useless Must focus on specifics • Requirements • Problems • Complex parts Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  11. 11. Myth 3: Endless Difficult to focus on long tasks (> 25 min) Endless == useless Must focus on specifics • Requirements • Problems • Complex parts Stay focused for burst periods (25 min) Pomodoro testing  - Berlin QA – 27 Nov. Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  12. 12. Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  13. 13. Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  14. 14. Myth 4: Can´t reproduce defects How do you reproduce a defect? Be a Explorer Like David Livingstone
  15. 15. Myth 4: Can´t reproduce defects How do you reproduce a defect? Be a Explorer Like David Livingstone Empower developers Toolset Record video / audio Screen capture Analog recording (i.e. Pen and paper) …adopt a developer 
  16. 16. Addopt a developer All rights reserved // Globe Testing // VS Anywhere 04/11/2013
  17. 17. Myth 5: Only for Agile teams Inspect and adapt Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Look for new ways of testing Empower your team by allowing creativity… ... Do you trust your team? … or not? …
  18. 18. Myth 6: Not documented Tester “Lonely Planet” • User manual • Online help (the F1 tour) • Help from third parties Alternative Tester • Goes outside the tour (cancelling processes halfway, using “undo”, doing things twice…) • Uses uncommonly used functionality or processes • Always with an objective in mind Second visit • You need pictures / notes (screenshots, videos, defects…)
  19. 19. Did we change your mind?
  20. 20. When to start As soon as possible Defects can appear in any phase ... Pretotyping http://www.pretotyping.org/thepretotyping-manifesto-1 Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013
  21. 21. What to expect Defects Test plan • … one more time • Key areas • Increased knowledge
  22. 22. Tools Very Important Rol Should help you to • Manage testing effort • Manage test executions • Manage defects • Metrics to measure progress
  23. 23. Experience and experiment MOST IMPORTANT THING !!!!!
  24. 24. Visual Studio 2012 Exploratory Testing
  25. 25. Microsoft Test Manager 2012
  26. 26. Reviewing what we have done
  27. 27. Defect and test case creation From the tool With all the session info Used for: • Enriched bugs • New Test Cases
  28. 28. References ● Agile Testing from Lisa Crispin y Janet Gregory ● Anutthara Baradwaj (Microsoft) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/anutthara ● James Bach http://www.satisfice.com/blog/ ● James Whittaker (Google Microsoft) http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jw_on_tech/ ● ● Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design http://thecodinglove.com/
  29. 29. Thanks for your time Jose Aracil // jose.aracil@globetesting.com // @pep0 // @globetesting Luis Fraile // luis.fraile@vsanywhere.com // @lfraile // @vs_anywhere Confidencial y propietario // Todos los derechos reservados // Globe Testing 04/11/2013

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