Exploratory testing explained(IT)

Exploratory testing is about making an effective use of our available resources, skills and practical knowledge and about finding as many high severity defects as possible within a certain time limit. It is based on the tester’s skills, knowledge about testing and system at hand, and known testing methods and tools.
Exploratory testing is often integrated in the test strategy together with regular manual testing. As testers, we learn about the system more and more during the project, and additional 'exploratory tests' (or heuristics) should be added continuously to our current manual test cases repository.
However, we may find ourselves sometimes with vague requirements, no specification documents, or asked to test very early while there are no mature documents.
In these cases and more, Exploratory Testing can be a very effective method or approach that can assist us in deploying a less risky software or system into production.


The objectives of this workshop is to give the participants an overview of

  • What is Exploratory Testing?
  • When and where to use Exploratory Testing?
  • How to run an effective ET session?
  • What to measure in an ET session?
  • How to manage an ET session?

These questions and more are a part of the challenges we face in implementing ET today, whether it is in incremental models or more recently in iterative models (i.e. Agile).
The course emphasizes the implementation of exploratory testing methods and mindset. Through presentation, discussion, debate, brainstorming, questioning, and fun - we shall go through terminology, methodology, concepts and tools and learn how to run ET sessions.