New Model and Exploratory Тesting

New Model and Exploratory testing

by Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting

27 September 2017

Full day course

Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, developer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and a publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them. Paul wrote, with Neil Thompson, “Risk-Based E-Business Testing” and several other Pocketbooks - “The Tester’s Pocketbook”, “The Business Story Pocketbook”, "Lean Python" and “Digital Assurance”. He is Principal of Gerrard Consulting Limited, Director of TestOpera Limited and is the host of the Assurance Leadership Forum in the UK.

Full Course Outline

Exploratory Testing has gained popularity over the last ten years, and has quite a following but, like Agile approaches, it still causes some dispute amongst software professional. Some testers love its spontaneity, creativity and flexibility; others mistrust it because it is unsystematic, unplanned, undocumented and an excuse for sloppy work. Of course, ET has its time and place.

ET has its role in all environments, no matter how structured, but it should be regarded as another tool in the testers’ armoury, to be used with judgement.
In fact, Paul argues that all testing is exploratory. See HERE

This tutorial sets out the background to the New Model Testing, Exploration and why all testers should know how to explore. The workshop discusses the important psychological issues relating to exploration and how it can be used in the context of uncertain requirements. A range of techniques are described and examples given.
There will be a lot of practical work, testing functionality available on the internet. A laptop and wireless connection will be required to participate fully. A smartphone can be used for some examples. The course does not assume any detailed technical knowledge.

Topics covered

o Why all testing is exploratory
o New Model for Testing
o 'Exploratory' testing and the New Model
o Exploring a simple feature
o Exploring a System as a Source of Knowledge
o Heuristics, Cheat Sheets and Check Lists
o Freestyle Exploratory Testing
o Exploratory Testing Sessions
o Exploring More Complex Systems

3 Key Points

o All testing is exploratory to some degree
o Exploration of software, even without specifications, relies on sources of knowledge
o Exploration depends on mental models that we use to inform good testing.

Who should attend?

Anyone wishing to learn more about exploration and testing.

08:30 - 09:00 Registering
09:00 - Start
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
18:00 - End

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Ticket price: 350 EUR


o Groups of five or more people: 10%
o SEETEST 2017 attendees: 10%

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