STARWEST 2021 Tutorial: Exploratory Testing in Action

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Exploratory Testing in Action


Exploratory testing is where the art and science of software testing meet and fills in the gap between automation, unit testing, and story testing. Exploratory testing is unique. Unlike other test techniques, exploratory testing values the individual tester’s expertise and perspective, centering the testers’ intuition and knowledge of software as the test basis. Explore the science and the art of exploratory testing, getting hands-on with exploratory testing by exploring real applications and playing testing games designed to challenge and deepen your skills. The respected instructor shares key agile, focused exploratory testing guidance while sharing industry best practices you can put to work right away. We’ll cover the art of creating meaningful charters the provide insight into the exploratory testing session and methods and best practices for traceability and coverage measures of exploratory testing. We’ll dig into heuristics and learn how to best make use of them in a testing session. And we’ll explore the art and practice of both pair and ensemble testing to help you make the most of your exploratory testing.

Jenna Charlton

Jenna Charlton has been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project. Jenna’s primary areas of expertise are in agile testing methodologies, risk based testing, accessibility testing, and test leadership. She is a regular speaker at conferences, covering a variety of testing topics and team collaboration. Jenna is passionate about making testing concepts accessible and relevant.