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Testing buggy projects, missing specifications & unclear requirements: practical Exploratory TestingLunedì 19 Giugno

Exploratory testing is about making an effective use of our available resources, skills and practical knowledge and about finding as many high severity defects as possible within a certain time limit.

 It is also used to test although having missing specifications and unclear requirements. It is mainly based on the tester’s skills, knowledge about testing and system at hand, and known testing methods and tools.

Exploratory testing is often integrated in the test strategy together with regular manual testing and test automation. As testers, we learn more and more about the system during the lifecycle, and additional tests should be added continuously to our current manual test cases repository. However, we may find ourselves sometimes with vague requirements, no specification documents, or asked to test very early while there are no mature documents. We may find ourselves identifying clusters of defects in certain areas, we are concerned about. In these cases and more, Exploratory Testing can be a very effective approach that can assist us in deploying a less risky software or system into production.

Workshop objectives

The objectives of this workshop is to give the participants an overview of

  • What is Exploratory Testing?
  • When and where to use Exploratory Testing (ET)?
  • How to run an effective ET session?
  • What to measure in an ET session?
  • How to manage an ET session?

These questions and more are a part of the challenges we face in implementing ET today, whether it is in incremental models or more recently in iterative models (i.e. Agile).

The workshop emphasizes the implementation of exploratory testing approaches and mindset. Through presentation, discussion, experiencing, brainstorming, questioning, and fun - we shall go through terminology, methodology, concepts and tools and learn and experience how to run ET sessions.


Testers, testing team leaders, test managers, developers and development managers that would like to know what is Exploratory Testing, how to plan it, run it, measure it, and improve in doing it.


Participants should have basic testing knowledge about testing life cycle, testing techniques and methods, test measurements.

Note: The workshop includes hands-on exercise, and participants are required to have their laptop with them in class, with internet access and office 2010+ installed.

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9:00 - 17:30
Alon Linetzki
Hotel NH Milano Congress Centre