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Jon Bach will be giving two talks at the TISQA conference on October 5th

Exploratory Testing: Inside the Spectator Sport (2:00-3:15)

To the untrained eye, exploratory testing doesn't look very hard. But that's true for a lot of things. Curling, for example, is a sport where a person at one end of an ice rink slides a rock to the other end, hoping to hit the opponent's rocks in the process. How hard can that be? That very question is at the root many misunderstandings of exploratory testing. Little do managers know, it's not a question of difficulty, it's a question of tester skill and how it's used. In this talk, I'll discuss an emerging language that not only describes effort spent on exploratory testing, but might help testers become more proficient at it. Just like any sport, it can be even be narrated with play-by-play and color commentary once the language of these skills and tactics is practiced.

Tasking Exploratory Testers (3:30-4:45)

It seems oxymoronic-how can you task an exploratory tester when the whole point is to allow them to be free to explore? We all know that exploratory testing (a term coined by Cem Kaner over 20 years ago) is simultaneous test design and test execution with an emphasis on learning, and we know that the extent to which the tester is free to explore and come up with test ideas is the extent to which it can be called "exploratory". But few people talk about where good ideas come from or how free testers can really be or how to measure and manage their workespecially when ambiguous and unmeasurable things like insight and intuition play a role. In this demonstration, I'll talk about how testers can cultivate the skill of chartering, or designing missions to aid exploration.

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