Exploratory Testing An Empirical Study Approach

R. Ramler, D. Winkler:
"Exploratory Testing An Empirical Study Approach";
Vortrag: Euromicro International Conference, Croatia; 29.08.2006 - 01.09.2006; in:"Proceeding Work in Progress Session EUROMICRO 2006", WIP Euromicro 2006, Croatia (2006), S. # - #.

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Exploratory testing is a less formal and highly interactive
style of software testing. In exploratory testing
a tester"will walk through the product, find out
what it is, and test it"[5]. Exploratory testing is done
without detailed pre-specified test cases, i.e.,"scripted
tests"[3]. Instead an exploratory approach fosters"simultaneous
learning, test design, and test execution"
[1]. Testers often"explore"a software product to gain
a better knowledge and understanding about the product
and its behavior to design test cases with a high
probability to detect defects. Therefore, exploratory
testing includes two major benefits: first, increasing
the testerĀ“s experience with the product and, second,
focus on risky and likely failing parts that need special
attention in software testing.