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exploratory testing

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Exploratory testing is an approach to software assessment that integrates learning about the program with designing the test and conducting the testing processes. The simultaneous process ensures that developers have a more comprehensive understanding of how it should work and create more effective tests and, as a result, be better equipped to find problems.

End users are sometimes employed as testers in the exploratory model because the approach of a person who will be eventually using the software is naturally geared towards learning about it and testing its functionality. 

Exploratory testing is sometimes referred to as ad hoc testing. However, the ad hoc approach typically eschews test design and documentation. 

 

This was last updated in December 2012

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One aspect that should be mentioned is that commonly test engineers running Exploratory Testing (ET) should be highly skilled testers. ET should not be mixed with Ad'Hoc testing, but should be understood as structure approach and is not 'free for all'.

To employ ET successfully you also need TestObjectives clearly identified for each journey/timebox.

Searching for #TestObjectives gives multiple sites to bootstrap testing within ET context.
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