STARWEST 2024 Tutorial: Exploratory Testing in the Heat of the Sprint


Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Exploratory Testing in the Heat of the Sprint

Agile teams are burdened with the challenge of delivering working product increments after short iterations of development. Getting software from an ambiguous terse, incomplete requirement–to a done, working, solid, valuable, high-quality code requires testers to continuously adapt to change in a turbulent context and deliver actionable results. Chris Blain will illustrate how charter-driven session-based exploratory testing techniques can empower agile teams and help them learn quickly and adapt based on what really matters. Testers can design and execute tests on the fly as they explore risks and build product knowledge. Chris will share examples of the applied “Fieldstone” approach to test automation, showing how scripts can be developed as testers explore. He will also share examples in scripting languages such as Python, Ruby for Rest API, web-based and desktop exploratory testing. You’ll leave with an understanding of how testers can combine skills in context-sensitive risk analysis, test work breakdown, task analysis, test design, test automation, and active feedback. All members of an agile team can all benefit from this tutorial.

AmiBug.Com, Inc.

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-five years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. Rob authored I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children's book; works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principal consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Rob at [email protected].