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Exploratory Testing in Practice: Indianapolis

July 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Mobius Labs is once again hosting Mike Kelly and I for Exploratory Testing in Practice. This time we’ll be presenting a three-day version of the course. It’s an experiment that may permanently change the format of the course if the feedback is positive. The first time we provided the course it was only two days and several participants requested an extra day.

This course is a lot of fun as an instructor and an attendee. I like giving it because there are no bullets points to read – our slides are titles and pictures and that’s it. It’s an approach I borrowed from Matt Heusser, and I like the effect as a presenter. It’s just you, the topic, the picture, and the audience. If you don’t know what you’re talking about there are no bulleted lists to hide behind.

I think this approach is good for the attendee as well – the feedback we’ve received supports this idea. It’s less boring this way, because the instructor’s engagement level evokes greater interest in the attendees.

At any rate, the course is a valuable way to learn the session-based approach to exploratory testing. It is a good course for testers of all levels, including your business partners who perform acceptance testing of a “finished” product. The mix of lecture and practice helps you transition from book learning to practical experience – in the class we test real software, which helps cement the concepts we learn in class as working practices.

To read more about the course or to register for the August 26-28 course in Indianapolis, visit

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