I've been a fan of Elizabeth Hendrickson for a long time - from her Quality Tree Software days, to her Test Obsessed blog. I've had a copy of her famous "Test Heuristic Cheat Sheet" (included in the book) pretty much forever. And on my bookshelf, I even have a copy of her Bug Hunter's Journal that she sent me many years ago.
So I was thrilled when Elizabeth asked me to review a pre-publication version of her upcoming book on Exploratory Testing titled "Explore It!" I had read other books on the subject, and was less than thrilled with what I had read, so I was eager to see Elizabeth's treatment of the subject.
I wasn't surprised with the results. In her usual informal writing style, Hendrickson has packed the book with real-world, easy to understand examples sprinkled in. I found it both interesting and fun. copyrightjoestrazzere
The chapter titles will give you an idea of the topics covered in Explore It!:
- On Testing and Exploration
- Charter Your Explorations
- Observe the Details
- Find Interesting Variations
- Evaluate Results
- Vary Sequences and Interactions
- Explore Entities and Their Relationships
- Discover States and Transitions
- Explore the Ecosystem
- Explore When There Is No User Interface
- Explore an Existing System
- Explore Requirements
- Integrate Exploration Throughout
- Interviewing for Exploratory Testing Skills
- Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet
In each chapter, Ms. Hendrickson encourages you to think, to experiment, and to explore the various aspects of your system-under-test. Then, she provides real-world, practical ideas for how to do just that.
Unless you are the kind of unfortunate tester forced to do nothing but follow a pre-written script, you already perform some exploratory testing.
In "Explore It!", Elisabeth Hendrickson teaches you how to think about Exploratory Testing, and how to make it a regular, planned, and effective part of your testing practice.
This is the kind of book I purchase for everyone on my Test Team. Maybe you should get it for your team, too?
This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
|My name is Joe Strazzere and I'm currently a Director of Quality Assurance.
I like to lead, to test, and occasionally to write about leading and testing.
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