Exploratory Testing
Exploratory Testing
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Exploratory Testing

Last updated on 2020-04-15

About the Book

Exploratory testing is a systematic approach for learning about the target of testing for all kinds of information, and has it's strenghts in enabling us to learn things we don't even know we don't know about out systems. Being a systematic approach for discovering risks using rigorous analysis techniques couples with testing heuristics, exploratory testing is an approach to software testing that treats test design, test execution and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities. An essential idea directing exploratory testing is to make best possible use out of limited resources: exploratory testing is for intelligent testing that delivers results and uses tools when needed.

This book summarizes how the author has learned to think while testing, describing some of the models of explaining things to others as part of teaching courses on testing. To the author, all testing is exploratory, and as such, the book provides a great summary for all things testing.

About the Author

Maaret Pyhäjärvi
Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a collaborative software specialist with emphasis on testing. She works full time as a testing specialist in a product company and helps other organizations on the side as a testing coach / trainer. You might find her sharing her lessons in various conferences around the world or in her blog: visible-quality.blogspot.fi 

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Why This Book
  • The LeanPub way
  • What is Exploratory Testing?
    • An Approach to Testing
    • Specifying It By Contrast
    • The Three Scopes of Exploratory Testing
    • Listen to Language
  • What is Exploratory Testing - the Programmer Edition
    • What Testing Gives You?
    • Exploratory Testing, eh?
  • The Two Guiding Principles
    • Learning
    • Opportunity Cost
  • Place of exploration
    • An example
    • Separate Tester Role
    • Future is Here, Just Not Evenly Distributed
  • How to Explore with Intent - Exploratory Testing Self-Management
    • Intertwining Different Testing Activities
    • Learning To Self-manage
    • You’re In Control
  • Exploratory Testing an API
    • Why Is Exploratory Testing An API Relevant?
    • Testing as Artifact Creation
    • Testing As a Performance, (aka Exploratory Testing)
    • What Does Testing Give Us?
    • An Example API with ApprovalTests
    • 13 Patterns To Help You Explore An API
    • Summary

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