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Exploratory 
Testing 
Tony Bruce
It’s all about me! 
Tony Bruce Consulting Ltd 
tony.bruce@tonybruceconsulting.co.uk 
dancedwiththetester.blogspot.co.uk 
@...
Big bit of self promotion
Perception of?
Warm up 
Compare Exploratory Testing to a vehicle that 
achieves a mission. 
Draw a picture of it and label the different ...
Warm up - Example
Explain 
Use your picture to explain Exploratory Testing 
❖ Listen to feedback 
❖ Repeat
Explore for test ideas 
Prep 
- Notes 
- Summary 
- Important bits 
- Ideas 
- Comments 
- Questions 
- Thoughts 
- Six Ho...
Notes 
Cornell method 
- Normal notes 
- Summary 
- Important bits 
- Ideas 
- Comments 
- Questions 
- Thoughts
Notes 
Mind map 
- Concept 
- Branch ideas 
- Important bits 
- Visual 
- Ideas 
- Organise 
- Group 
http://www.bettertes...
Tracking your work 
Notes 
- Text editor 
- Session tester 
- Rapid reporter 
- Evernote
Notes 
Improve 
- Time/date stamp 
- Logs 
- Discuss 
- Organise 
- Format 
- End game 
-
http://www.liveteamapp.com/ 
Code: 
https://bitbucket.org/carlosble/liveteam 
app 
Developer/stakeholder: 
Carlos Ble 
Wha...
Organise
Session based 
The entire session report consists of these 
sections: 
• Session charter (includes a mission statement, 
a...
Organise 
Missions 
- Timebox 
- Group 
- Discuss 
- Prioritise
Tools
Tools 
Browser 
- Add-ons 
- Extensions 
- Developer tools 
- 
Others 
- Accessibility 
- Security 
- Debugging 
-
Explore
Information
Bob Stewart 
Leadership Under Pressure: Tactics from the Front Line
http://behaviordrivendevelopment.wikispaces.com/Testing 
http://lisacrispin.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Agile-Testing- ...
Challenges 
What stops us being as productive as we could 
be with Exploratory Testing?
Challenges 
How can we talk about the differences between 
Scripted and Exploratory?
Challenges 
What are yours?
Summary
Thank you
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London Tester Gathering Workshops 2014 - Exploratory Testing Session

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In this session we will look at Exploratory Testing and work through some ideas which could prove useful to you.

We will look at what it means and how to explain it. We will look at different ways of keeping your notes, augmenting your testing with various tools and getting the most out of your time spent. We will do this through discussion and practical exercises, essentially, we will be Exploratory Testing, perhaps not as you know it.

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London Tester Gathering Workshops 2014 - Exploratory Testing Session

  1. 1. Exploratory Testing Tony Bruce
  2. 2. It’s all about me! Tony Bruce Consulting Ltd tony.bruce@tonybruceconsulting.co.uk dancedwiththetester.blogspot.co.uk @tonybruce77 Associate with tbruce@equalexperts.com
  3. 3. Big bit of self promotion
  4. 4. Perception of?
  5. 5. Warm up Compare Exploratory Testing to a vehicle that achieves a mission. Draw a picture of it and label the different parts.
  6. 6. Warm up - Example
  7. 7. Explain Use your picture to explain Exploratory Testing ❖ Listen to feedback ❖ Repeat
  8. 8. Explore for test ideas Prep - Notes - Summary - Important bits - Ideas - Comments - Questions - Thoughts - Six Honest Men "I Keep Six Honest Serving Men ..." I KEEP six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. …….. Rudyard Kipling
  9. 9. Notes Cornell method - Normal notes - Summary - Important bits - Ideas - Comments - Questions - Thoughts
  10. 10. Notes Mind map - Concept - Branch ideas - Important bits - Visual - Ideas - Organise - Group http://www.bettertesting.co.uk/content/?p=956
  11. 11. Tracking your work Notes - Text editor - Session tester - Rapid reporter - Evernote
  12. 12. Notes Improve - Time/date stamp - Logs - Discuss - Organise - Format - End game -
  13. 13. http://www.liveteamapp.com/ Code: https://bitbucket.org/carlosble/liveteam app Developer/stakeholder: Carlos Ble What we’re testing
  14. 14. Organise
  15. 15. Session based The entire session report consists of these sections: • Session charter (includes a mission statement, and areas to be tested) • Tester name(s) • Date and time started • Task breakdown (the TBS metrics) • Data files • Test notes • Issues • Bugs http://www.satisfice.com/articles/sbtm.pdf Date/Time: Mission: Task: Setup: Data: Notes: Issues: Thoughts:
  16. 16. Organise Missions - Timebox - Group - Discuss - Prioritise
  17. 17. Tools
  18. 18. Tools Browser - Add-ons - Extensions - Developer tools - Others - Accessibility - Security - Debugging -
  19. 19. Explore
  20. 20. Information
  21. 21. Bob Stewart Leadership Under Pressure: Tactics from the Front Line
  22. 22. http://behaviordrivendevelopment.wikispaces.com/Testing http://lisacrispin.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Agile-Testing- Quadrants.png Participants of the Exploratory Testing workshop - Tony Bruce Tester Gathering London Workshops - 16th October
  23. 23. Challenges What stops us being as productive as we could be with Exploratory Testing?
  24. 24. Challenges How can we talk about the differences between Scripted and Exploratory?
  25. 25. Challenges What are yours?
  26. 26. Summary
  27. 27. Thank you

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