I have tried to use Test design Heuristics to guide my strategy for test design. For instance, during exploratory test session, I use different tours like file tour, menu tours.

Can you give real-life scenarios/examples, in which testers used any heuristic technique to really create good test ideas? It would be helpful, if you could quote any techniques that were helpful in your experience.

  • The question is not clear and too broad, can you focus ? in the meantime here's my all time favorite for test ideas: thetesteye.com/posters/TheTestEye_SourcesForTestIdeas.pdf
    – Rsf
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 11:37
  • Hi @Rsf, well thanks for referring to the document. Well, I wanted to know that do heuristics really convert into test ideas that one can possibly use in production environment testing scenarios? I read all the "heuristics" types, but fail to use any of it practically. It would be great if you can perhaps edit my question to make it more clear and better for this forum! Thanks!!
    – user15122
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 13:16
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    I disagree with the close votes that this is "too broad". The OP is asking for some real-life examples. The last sentence about a "comprehensive list" does make it sound a bit broad but I think asking for examples is a good, reasonable question for this site.
    – c32hedge
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 14:18
  • I second what c32hedge commented. Drop the close votes, please. This is not too broad.
    – Brian
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 16:23
  • I agree with c32hedge too. This is a reasonably valid question. Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 0:48

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I recently read quite good blog post from Michael Bolton, where he used James Bach's Heuristic Test Strategy Model to generate test ideas.

That blog post has 5 parts, so do not be discouraged on first two parts: Exploratory Testing on an API? (Part 1)


I don't know if I'd call it a Heuristic exactly, but my favourite way of testing is to

  • take the high level description of a test case
  • ignore the detailed instructions
  • try to perform the task blind, like a fresh user who's never been on the app / website before

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