Category Archives: Exploratory Testing

Get High Performance Out of Your Testing Team


Michael Hackett

Testing is often looked upon by many as an unmanageable, unpredictable, unorganized practice with little structure. It is common to hear questions or complaints from development including:

  • What are test teams doing?
  • Testing takes too long
  • Testers have negative attitudes

Testers know that these complaints and questions are often unfair and untrue. Setting aside the development/testing debate, there can always be room for improvement. The first step in improving strategy and turning a test team into a higher performance test team is getting a grasp on where you are now. You want to address the following:

Blogger of the Month

Karen N. Johnson began as a technical writer in 1985 and later switched to software testing in 1992. She maintains a blog at TestingReflections, a collaborative site where she is featured as a main contributor. In her latest entry, she discusses search testing with different languages. Here is an excerpt from her blog:

“I started work on a new project and needed to address search testing with a wide assortment of languages. And geez, this is a puzzle I’ve worked with before so I thought I would share some thoughts around the topic of search testing with multiple languages.

Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Kohl

Based in Alberta, Canada, Jonathan Kohl takes time out of his busy schedule to discuss his views on software testing and automation.

Beware of the Lotus Eaters: Exploratory Testing

Drawing from the Greek mythology of the lotus eaters, Anne-Marie Charrett warns testers to be weary of enjoying early success too soon upon finding high impact bugs.

Are Testers’ Ethnographic Researchers?

John Stevenson

People who follow me on twitter or via my blog might be aware that I have a wide range of interests in areas outside my normal testing job. I like to research and learn different things, especially psychology and see if it may benefit and improve my skills and approaches during my normal testing job. One area I have being looking at for awhile is the social science of ethnography. The approaches used when carrying out research appears to have many similarities to software testing and I feel we could benefit and maybe improve our testing skills by examining ethnography.

New Exploratory Testing Course by LogiGear University

Incorporate Exploratory Testing into your Test Strategy and find better bugs faster!


This two-day course is designed to give test engineers a global understanding of exploratory testing. From why we do it and its uses to how we do it and the value of measurement, Exploratory Testing will be examined and practiced to empower test engineers in using this method, finding better bugs earlier, focusing on customer satisfaction and making exploratory testing more manageable and easier to use as an necessary and important test method.

Exploratory Testing – Johnathan Kohl – Part 3

Exploratory Testing

Jonathan Kohl - Co-founder of Kohl Concepts

In the third segment of this three part series Jonathan Kohl discusses how exploratory testing is becoming more ingrained in different kinds of projects. Find out how you can use test automation in an exploratory way. Dont rely on unattended automated test scripts! Rather, find creative and cool ways to combine test automation with your exploratory testing skills to find hard-to-reproduce bugs.

VISTACON 2010 Keynote -Investment Modeling as An Exemplar of Exploratory of Test Automation – #2




Breakfast Event 2010 – Recap, Slides and Video Presentation

Thanks to all those who came to our Breakfast Event!

Cem and Hung talked about the importance of using automation both as a high volume test approach coupled with the creativity of exploratory testing techniques. We’ve included below links to the slides from the presentation. We also shot a video of the event which is posted below.

Cem’s Presentation on Exploratory Test Automation — click here to download

Hung’s Presentation on High Volume Test Automation — click here to download

Breakfast Event Video — click here to watch

Book Review – Testing Applications on the web

“Testing Applications on the web” – 2nd Edition
Authors: Hung Q. Nguyen, Bob Johnson, Michael Hackett
Publisher: Wiley; edition (May 16, 2003)

This is good book. If you test web apps, you should buy it!, April 20, 2001
By Dr. Cem Kaner – Director of Florida Institute of Technology’s Center for Software Testing Education & Research

Book Reviews at Amazon

Great book – everything you need to know about web testing.

This book is excellent for learning about “testing applications on the web

I borrowed this book’s first version and liked it very much. Since I can’t find the first version anywhere, I have to buy this new version. I wanted to buy at Amazon in order to save my time driving to bookstore, plus it is cheaper here. I was worried if this book has the sections I need which were in first version. This –Search inside this book– is superb!! At first, I did not realize it has the whole “contents” list. Then I realized if I click on “next”, it will show you the complete “contents”. I saw the chapter that I need and ready to buy it. Very happy with this feature–Search inside this book. There is no doubt this book is superb for QA engineer.

I am a software developer that had to create an automated performance web testing system. This book (along with two others) provided my with a good overview on best practices for creating my “Internet Macros” for performance web testing.

This is more than a minor update of the first edition of this highly regarded book – it’s a major rewrite with added material on mobile web testing.

As in the earlier book, this one clearly shows the differences between traditional testing and web testing, which will provide QA professionals who are moving from older environments into web-based systems an orientation and direction. For new QA professionals the chapters on software testing basics, networking and web application components provide a solid foundation. The chapter on mobile web application platforms is unique to this book, and adds true value. Other core material includes test planning, and a sample application and test plan to add realistic scenarios to the material.