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"Exploratory testing is a style of software testing that emphasizes the personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester to continually optimize the value of her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project." Cem Kaner, 2006.

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Areas in session based testing test chart

I am not sure how to distinguish the chart and the areas in it... For me, the chart describes in one sentence what the session is all about. And the areas are a (probably incomplete) high-level ...
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How do you do "controlled" exploratory testing of highly concurrent code?

("controlled" as in you have control over the order in which code executes, rather than the underlying scheduler(s)) I was asked in an interview earlier "How would you test for race ...
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Help to test email provider

I recently started working for an Email provider company as a QA. However, I never had to test encrypted emails before, and am a bit lost. Has anyone here tested emails before? If so, I would ...
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How to effectively document exploratory testing sessions for future re-use without slowing down?

Background: On using exploratory testing heavily complimenting automated testing , where every tester documents his/her observations in individual personal ways in fast timebox sessions which is ...
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Strategies for discovering undocumented API

Inspired by this question: How to approach API testing. The first point of a checklist in the above question is "API Endpoints". But, what to do when you don't have the endpoints documented because ...
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How to combine exploratory testing with test automation creatively?

Background :There is an definite value in automated test execution of scripted tests to find regression defects. On the other hand there is an tremendous value in exploratory testing and going beyond ...
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How can a software tester improve their note-taking skills while doing exploratory testing?

Should we take notes in a simple text file or should we take it in a fancy Excel sheet? How can we take effective notes that can be helpful while revisiting a testing module or application?
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Reducing production failures in case of multiple releases across multiple projects on a daily basis

Currently, I'm handling QA for umpteen number of projects (web and mobile). All these projects have multiple features being rolled out on a daily basis. The number of production bugs increased ...
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Possible scenarios for a periodic task that is run daily at 11:40 PM to process a data set available globally

I'm testing an e-commerce website and there is a deviation that is occurring on a daily basis for a periodic task that runs daily at 11:40 PM. In essence, what this task does that it picks all orders ...
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Name for exploratory "role play" testing?

Our company produces a business-to-business software which is (more or less) a social network for companies. Every now and then, we organize some kind of "Role Play session" for testing the software. ...
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What may be the edge cases for testing a 'Payment link in SMS' feature?

We are testing a new feature that is about to get released in a few days and most of the testing has been done by the team. The feature in essence is about payment link being sent in SMS to end ...
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Exploratory testing against ChromeBook

We are doing exploratory testing against a web-browser based application on ChromeBook. I have never worked with a ChromeBook laptop before, is there any specifics we need to pay attention on when ...
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What is the best way to start & perform Exploratory Testing?

In traditional testing follow a fairly simple model in which there are test cases written beforehand for all the possible use cases and then after the test cases are final, they are executed & ...
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Is there a name for this (automated random input) technique? And are there any existing tools for using it?

This came up while talking to another developer. He recalled some product that was in development like 15 years ago (but didn't remember the name or details, or whether it went to production) that ...
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Is there any standard or pattern of doing Exploratory Testing

Is there any standard or pattern of doing Exploratory Testing? Do we still need to write test cases or not? Is there any flow to follow with this kind of testing? How Exploratory Testing related ...
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KPI/ways to identify areas in need of testing

My Problem: I am in a situation where there is no immediate demand to test any feature (no new features in need of testing, or no new changes made) This makes it difficult to identify areas that are ...
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Pair-testing with a candidate during an interview

Would it be a good idea to have an interview in a format of a paired exploratory testing session with a candidate on a manual/automated testing position? A thing under test might be an internal web ...
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What all do we need to test in the application is undergoing a Mongo upgrade?

The application I'm working on is going to have a Mongo upgrade from Version 3.3 to 3.4 What all do we need to test and should care about apart from the general system sanity and regression? Thanks!
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Recon testing sessions

I've recently stumbled upon a new term I have not heard before - "Recon testing sessions" - from what I understand these are the very first manual testing sessions of a software when one learns about ...
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Modeling application state transitions

I am a little bit confused with the "state transition modeling" technique used for testing. On a high-level, we have 3 major states when a user logs into the application under test: logged out ...
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Gamification in software testing

Is there a place for gamification in software testing? Could it be made as a part of a regular testing process and could it have a positive impact on productivity and quality? I've been thinking ...
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Good practices for finding valid issues in exploratory testing?

We've noticed that free-style exploratory testing is oftentimes a better source of new previously undiscovered issues. But, from time to time, I see our testers spending hours in a row in "free" ...
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What is difference between Exploratory Testing and Rapid Testing

A couple of days back I come across one Term "Rapid Testing" I try to understand about it but it's all properties are same as Exploratory Testing. can you please tell me the difference between these ...
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metrics in exploratory testing

I want to track and measure session based exploratory testing effectively. What are the main metrics used in session based exploratory testing to measure efforts, charters, bugs, opportunities and ...
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Strategies and Techniques for Exploratory Testing and finding new bugs?

From what I understand, "Exploratory Testing" is about free-style testing that largely depends on creativity of the testers and how well they know the product or feature under test. It is something ...
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How should a Black-box Tester measure Test Coverage?

I work in Product based company as a QA/Test Engineer. For ex:I have been assigned a new project/enhancement that would be delivered to the clients in the next production release. The Business Analyst ...
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Please suggest some ideas to test an IVR system?

I have to test an DTMF tones via keypad with toll free number, which has a company IVR automated response system. The IVR allows the user to login to the system and user can know account balance, talk ...
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Learn Software Testing and Automation Testing [closed]

I have been working as Developer(Java/Grails) since 3 years, I would like to switch to Testing specially Automation testing. I would like to ask for some help. I just cannot yet decide what to refer ...
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How do I continuously stream Logcat data from a usb connected device to a file on PC until I decide to disconnect or stop testing?

I used to use the the GUI version of logcat via DDMS for getting Adb logcat info from Android Studio (or monitor.exe from SDK tools), but found it too distracting while trying to test. I would have ...
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SnagIt vs Screenpresso, Which to get Based on specific features found in SnagIt, but not trial version of Screenpresso? [closed]

I am a tester for uTest.com who uses screenshots and screen capture extensively for my test cycles. I used the free trial versions of both Snagit 12 and Screenpresso and am on the fence about which ...
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Difference between Exploratory Testing , Monkey Testing and Ad-hoc Testing?

Monkey testing is a software testing technique in which the testing is performed on the system under test randomly. Exploratory testing is simultaneous learning, test designing and execution.Tester ...
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How to test an application without any specification?

I have to test an application which does not have any specification or user manual. It has evolved over a period of time and there are no similar products in the market yet. I know exploratory testing ...
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Is Exploratory Testing a Core part of Agile Methodology?

Is Exploratory Testing a core part of Agile Methodology? Or it has no link with Agile process?
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Where in the process is Exploratory Testing executed?

We are an agile software development boutique. We use Kanban to keep our project running. We do Test Driven development, so don't have a separate testing phase. But we do some manual testing called ...
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Documentation tool in Session-Based Test Management (SBTM)?

I wonder if anyone have experience of a tool for session-based testing? Nowadays we use SharePoint lists where we can write down our session plus other relevant info about the session (requirement, ...
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How do you write clear, succinct test charters for exploratory testing sessions?

Session-based exploratory testing depends on creating good test charters at the right level of detail to guide the tester, without directing them. You need to make the goal of the session clear, ...
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How do you organise and manage testing charters?

There appear to be very few tools out there specifically aimed at managing charters for exploratory testing sessions. If you're using SBTM or TBTM, how do you manage your charters? Some of the ...
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XMLs and JMS queue trigger to database - what to test?

I'm testing a system that involves XMLs from a JMS queue getting inserted into a database using a JMS trigger (webmethods). Firstly, I turn off the JMS trigger to let messages accumulate on the ...
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What goes in a Testing playbook?

The concept of the Testing Playbook has been recently added to the list of possible tools in your Context-Driven toolset. The Playbook has been described as being similar to the list of plays that a ...
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Can exploratory testing replace executing manual functional tests?

After a feature is delivered, we have recently started to perform exploratory testing on the feature before we execute manual functional tests. We find 95% of the defects during exploratory testing so ...
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Capture screen during exploratory testing

While doing exploratory testing it would be nice to be able to record the screen (in a non-intrusive way), so if a defect is found the steps to reproduce it can be easily reviewed. Are there any good ...
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What is meant by "Automated tests don't find new bugs"?

As I understand it, this sentence means that automated tests don't find new bugs in existing code (though they might catch a new bug in new code that breaks old code). Is this correct? Or is this ...
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Alternatives to Session Tester for recording exploratory test session results

I'm interested in hearing suggestions for ways of recording exploratory test session notes. We currently use a mixture of Session Tester and a wiki for recording test notes. I like many things about ...
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