Exploratory Testing – Advantages and Disadvantages

February 23 17:58 2011 Print This Article

Exploratory testing is testing without beforehand prepared scenarios.

Therefore exploratory testing is often criticized – as testers should give up

planning and preparation.

How to provide management, monitoring and accountability?

Exploratory testing

And anyway, if there is no plan, then everyone would do tests that he wants to do, some functionality will be tested several times, some functionality generally not will be tested, people will not know what to do.

The apparent contradiction can be resolved very simply – in some projects we offer to give up the tactical planning of unnecessary detailed plans to the level of individual tests.

And replace the tactical plan with setting a goal, leaving the tester freedom in choosing how to achieve this goal. The tester, with a clear goal can certainly identify test plan that should bring him to this goal.

And he can easily change this plan if he will notice that the selected plan don’t lead to the goal.

QATestLab offers exploratory testing for projects with a minimum level of documentation and undertime.

Source: http://qatestlab.com

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  • http://acorunason.eu/graffblog/ Floretta

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  • http://www.riseteck.com Roger Richardson

    The real problem is that managlement does not have a firm grasp on what the output of exploratory testing will do. The comforting numbers that come out of scripted testing give them a effort measurement. Most test cases find a single issue. Once fixed running it again just increases the numbers but not the knowledge of reliability.
    Exploratory testing is the left to the unmeasurable art of the tester. The numbers from exploratory testing shows more problems found per hour than scripted testing.
    Scripted testing establishes a baseline to test from. It also teaches the tester how the app works quickly.Then exploratory testing takes over going into the undefined, gray areas of the app.

  • Ammad_Aslam

    Referring to your comment “And replace the tactical plan with setting a goal”. I think in exploratory testing we don’t have any particular goal then to testing but in Ad hoc based we do have a goal or aim to perform.