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Quardev participates in Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques

Quardev Laboratories, a software testing and technical writing service company in Seattle, announces that its Manager for Corporate Intellect, Jon Bach, attended the 3rd Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

Twenty-three years ago, Cem Kaner coined the phrase "exploratory testing" as a contrast to traditional, scripted software testing. Since then, the approach has been alternately praised and vilified. Competing mythologies have developed about the risks, benefits (even the morality) of exploration. Using the book "Task Analysis Methods for Instruction Design" (Jonassen), WHET attendees discussed different methods of studying the activities that exploratory testers perform.

In a scripted testing situation (opposite from exploratory testing), the tester runs a test that applies to a test technique because a test planner previously decided that this was the right type of test and this was the appropriate test data. In an exploratory situation, the tester is the test planner. There might be a testing strategist, a coach who guides the tester, but the tester picks the technique to use now based on their assessment at this time of what will most likely yield the most valuable information. The explorer might assess risks and develop a plan in advance, might prepare data in advance, but at every moment of testing, the explorer is responsible for deciding whether the plan for today's work is still the right plan, whether and how to use the data, what new information is needed and what is the best way to get it. Working within the scope of this definition, the WHET organizers discussed task analysis. For example, what do skilled exploratory testers do and how can testers get better at these tasks?

For more information about WHET please see: http://www.lawst.com/cfpwhet.html

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