STARWEST 2017 Tutorial: Exploratory Testing: Explore with Intent


Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Exploratory Testing: Explore with Intent

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The skill to self-manage our testing work and our learning—making learning and reflection a habit—is what differentiates skilled exploratory testing from simply putting random testing activities together. Maaret Pyhäjärvi says that exploratory testing treats test design, test execution, and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities—with the goal of discovering things that we don’t know we don’t know. Exploratory testing frames our thinking about the system and engulfs the idea of creating artifacts to support testing. Join Maaret to experience exploratory testing hands-on and learn by doing—plan testing and tests, run tests, and report bugs. Start with limited and defined functionalities, and learn essential thinking skills and approaches to manage testing work and scope. Test real software, an open-source editor that is easy to learn. Examine how exploratory testing differs from traditional testing and collect ideas to amplify testing. Learn how exploratory testing helps make the best possible use of our limited time and experience intelligent testing that delivers results!

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
F-Secure Oyj

A software professional with testing emphasis, Maaret Pyhäjärvi considers herself an empirical technologist, a tester and a programmer, a catalyst for improvement, and a speaker. Maaret’s day job is working with a software product development team as a hands-on testing specialist with focus on exploratory testing. In addition to tester and teacher, she is a serial volunteer for different non-profits, driving forward the state of software development. Awarded the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2016 by Agile Testing Days, Maaret is the author of two LeanPub books and blogs regularly.