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Uncover surprises, risks, and potentially serious bugs with exploratory testing. Rather than designing all tests in advance, explorers design and execute small, rapid experiments. In this book, you'll learn how to analyze software to discover key points of vulnerability, how to design experiments on the fly, how to hone your observation skills, and how to focus your effort ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published 2012 by Pragmatic Bookshelf
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Laura
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-reads
This was a very clear thought out way to explain exploratory testing. I will be using this as one of my reference guides from here on out.
André Gomes
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are two chapters being written yet, but the book is just awesome!

The best book I've read about testing until today.

I really recommend it, specially for for developers and testers, but it could be interesting for everyone working on team that is building any kind of (software) product.
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Michael Larsen
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exploratory testing has been getting press lately. Deservedly so, I should say. Still, outside of blog posts and direct interaction with those who have represented the movement of exploratory testing, there isn't a good one stop for explaining what exploratory testing is in a meaningful way. Practitioners have to scratch around and try out a number of different sources and models and deal with a lot of "it depends". Getting all of the details in one place, and with a smooth narrative that can he ...more
David Westerveld
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summary of exploratory testing and how to use it well in various environments. A book I continue to come back to, to look stuff up and get a refresher on various exploratory testing topics. Well written, this book pulls in you while teaching you a lot about how to be an effective tester.
Shuoen
Oct 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome read for any tester. It provides great tips and structured guidelines for our everyday testing activities!
Brad
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book with a group and enjoyed discussing each chapter. I was hoping to find more advice on how to get a team to support me in exploratory testing but I guess I am on my own for that. I found most of the content applicable and helpful. I have certainly gained a stronger understanding of exploratory testing and how to better approach it in the future.
Venkatesh-Prasad
The book talks about exploratory approach to testing wherein we explore the subject at and around "boundaries" to figure out how the subject performs at and around "boundaries". The book provides good strategies to process to conduct exploratory testing along with exploration strategies specific to different kinds of boundaries. If you write tests on a day to day basis and benefit from them, most of the content may seem like "been there done that" or "I agree". However, if you are skeptical abou ...more
Mohit
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are hundreds of books on Software Testing. All of them have similar table of contents - Introduction to Testing, Testing Types, Testing Methodologies, Testing Techniques, Approaches, Strategies, Reporting, Test Management etc. I am not criticizing these books, they are good on their part. However, these books limit the Exploratory Testing in few paragraphs or within a chapter at max. Explore It! by Elisabeth Hendrickson complements all these books and teach the Exploratory Testing "in deta ...more
Peter Sawyer
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. The best book I've read all year. This is going to make me a better tester.

There is checking. This is when you test to make sure your project does what it was designed to do under the best conditions.

Then there is exploring. This is when you test to make sure there is no risk. This is where many of us fall woefully short. Reading this book made me realize I need to step it up. But Exploring is the fun part of testing. It's why I became a tester.

I am excited to begin implementing what
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Colin Marks
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a quick read and offers some sensible approaches to exploratory software testing. There's no great insights, and personally I don't feel I'm going to approach testing any differently as a result of this book, but it certainly contains information that others may find helpful. ...more
Nikhil
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super helpful and insightful book on exploratory testing, both on methods and how it fits into the product lifecycle. Peppered with interesting anecdotes from the author's many years of testing and development experience. ...more
Jane
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well written, and engaging, read. It would suit testers, programmers, and product owners and would provide insight into how to explore applications, or specifications to ensure a good quality result.
Algirdas
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: testing
First real book on exploratory testing I found. I like it is short , concrete and with real life examples. Not perfect, because it may not give you much if you have some experience in this area. But really good for everyone who is new in exploratory testing.
Sergiu Postolachi
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Scott Griffiths
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to read introduction to exploratory testing
Alaila Fernández
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. This book shaped my way of thinking as a software developer. 100/100
Marco
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Some really cool insights.
Rasa
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This changed a lot of things I was working on. It also have sparked a couple of new ideas to improve my work. Highly recommend reading this book 🤟🏻
Željko Filipin
An amazing book on exploratory software testing. I wish it was written when I was starting my career.
Matthew
Jun 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for testers of all experience levels. New testers will get exposure to some excellent foundations. Experienced testers will get a refresher, and maybe even a few new ideas.
Noah Moerbeek
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Pragmatic Programmers that is worth reading whether you are in management, software development, analysis or testing. The thoughts are well laid out, the author is personable, the chapters are organized well, and lots of real world examples are provided from specific projects.

In my years of working in software development I have noticed to paths testers take. Chaotic, where they initially try to break the system with the most extreme choices they can, and spec testers tha
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Johnny
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Testing can be more than just following a script. When the basic functions work one can start with tests that are not formalized (jet) to figure out how wide the happy path really is. Often enough a minor difference in the input and a webpage or a parser no longer works as expected. Problems like those will not be found by regular testing and need therefore a different approach. Elisabeth Hendrickson explains in this book what exploratory testing is, how you should time box your explorations and ...more
Joel
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tech
This is the perfect go-to source of information for exploratory testing, whether you'll start on a new project or you're joining a long-running one. It's clearly written and offers examples and suggestion to convey the message and get you started right away. ...more
Emma
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. It is well written and easy to follow and engaged the side of me that gets excited about testing. It exposed the methods that should be being applied for both exploratory testing and to help scope the projects themselves.
Amanda
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nice summary of techniques to keep in back of my mind (eg CRUD; none, one, many; beginning, middle, end)
Nick Zdunic
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent ideas of the best ways to Explore software to uncover issues starting from testing the requirements!
Erik
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erik, ebook
nice book. as a developer, after reading it I am encourage to do more testing...
Devin Brown
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A worthy read with some valuable nuggets and applicable heuristics. Not overly profound, but in general, high quality and relevant common sense wisdom for improving process and product.
Soile
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: method
I have read first 8 chapters so far and I am not able to "stop reading". ...more
Christophe Addinquy
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile, tests
I use to hate exploratory testing : a loosy way to critique a product once the job is done. An undisciplined, freestyle and out of control prcatice. Tester working this way fell free to ignore the specification and rewite / re-think the way the system should behave. Honestly it's the way it works most of the time.
Then comes this book.
The way exploratory testing is exposed here have nothing to do with the former description : it's focused, planed, disciplined and it takes the best of the tester's
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