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Upcoming Course: Exploratory Testing Practicum

January 8th, 2008 · No Comments

On March 19 & 20, Mike Kelly & I will be presenting a new course we’ve co-created about exploratory testing. It is based on our experiences teaching business & IT professionals to use exploratory testing in complex IT projects. I’ve used exploratory testing to a large degree in user acceptance testing for the last couple of years quite successfully. At first, I expected business testers to resist the idea, but I was pleased and surprised to discover that they really enjoy it and have consistently managed to 1) find the “best” bugs first and 2) manage their energy for testing very effectively.

One of my favorite experiences introducing ET to business testers was also one of the first. Part way through the test effort I asked the UAT team how the felt the testing was going. The response was great: “We’re moving at ludicrous speed.” Anytime a Spaceballs reference comes into play on an IT project you know things are going well.

Mike and I intend this course to be very, very hands-on. As the name of the course implies, we will be practicing exploratory testing heavily. We’ll also cover important topics such as how to document your work, evaluate the results, manage your energy, and demonstrate traceability.

Mike and I will be providing this course through Mobius Labs in Indianapolis. You can read more about this course and register for it on the Mobius Labs web site.

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