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Workshop on Exploratory Software Testing

A 2-day hands-on workshop to help you learn and practice Exploratory Testing. Learn the power and value of great testing!

Next date and location for this public workshop is to be determined. Please contact me if you are interested in having me offer it at your company or if you think there is enough interested in your city to offer a public workshop.

Overview

This workshop covers the theory, mechanics and application of Exploratory Testing, a form of unscripted testing guided by purpose and thoughtful design. Exploratory Testing is a perfect complement to Agile and Lean development practices, and appears in varying ways on Waterfall-type projects – especially when faced with tight deadlines or unclear requirements.

Compared to common, documentation-heavy, scripted testing practices, Exploratory Testing is an advanced form of testing. It takes many of the activities that are traditionally distributed and brings them together within a single concurrent activity: research, collaboration, design, execution, analysis and follow-through.

Exploratory Testing is a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary, customer-focussed, collaborative, highly-efficient way to get good information from a complex system in a short time frame.

  • Does getting high-value information about the SUT quickly matter to you?
  • Want to save costs by reducing Production errors?
  • Want to build trust and confidence in your testing activities?
  • Do you need to meet audit and regulatory requirements?
  • What about delivering increased value to your customers and end users?

If your current testing practices fall short of your needs and desires, it’s time to step up your game. This workshop will show you how.

Learning Objectives

Like many complex development activities, Exploratory Testing (ET) may be implemented in different ways to suit the needs of the project, technology and team. In this workshop, we will use games, exercises and group activities to explore the pillars of the Testing profession:

  1. People
  2. Quality
  3. Testing
  4. Management

Each of these topics will end with a debrief and a discussion so that attendees can relate what they have learned to their own situation. As each person’s path will be different through these areas, this is an opportunity for the whole group to share their knowledge and experiences to help address any questions.

During the workshop you will be introduced to more ideas, tools and techniques than we will have time to cover in depth. Some of them include:

  • Congruence – getting on the same page with others
  • Risks – identifying, managing and communicating during testing
  • Models and heuristics useful in test design
  • New and alternate forms of test documentation
  • Managing ET – including Session-Based Test Management (SBTM)
  • Communicating Quality

Continued practice after the workshop is an integral part of developing the skills and experience required to become an Exploratory Testing practitioner.

Attendees have access to the instructor and a discussion forum to follow-up with any testing-related questions after the workshop. Help and support is available if you need it.

Is this course for you?

This workshop will be of interest to testers, developers, business analysts and managers who have to test complex systems with high-quality demands in short time frames.

ET practitioners have a noticeable improved effectiveness over traditional testing practices. A good Exploratory Tester can see more and do more testing in the same amount of time, reducing the risk of unknown critical information at release time.

Exploratory Testing requires commitment to cognitive and collaborative approaches to software development. It is challenging, fun, fast-paced, exciting and very rewarding.

If high quality deliverables are important and you want to know how ET can help, this is for you.

Testimonials

“Great class! Thank you! I walked away with a lot of good information that I can take back and apply in my organization.”

“Very good! I liked the hands on model example to represent a multi-dimensional test strategy.”

“Well thought out and well received. Would enjoy learning more from this speaker.”

Registration Details

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Note: Bring your laptop!

  • Attendees must bring their own computers for the practical testing exercises – Windows, Mac and Linux are all fine. Tablets are okay if you specifically use them for testing and not just note-taking.
  • You may also bring your own application to test or may choose one of the sample applications used during the workshop.

Enough talk, let’s Test!

Please contact me if you have any additional questions.