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CQAA June 2011 Program: Exploratory Testing in the Enterprise

  • 22 Jun 2011
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Microsoft - 3025 Highland Pkwy # 300 Downers Grove, IL 60515 20th Floor Presentation Room


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Exploratory Testing in the Enterprise
Michael Kelly

About the Topic

Exploratory testing is commonly defined as simultaneous learning, test design, test execution. It tends to be one of the most frequently misunderstood approaches to software testing in large corporations. Aside from a fundamental misunderstanding, there are also two major criticisms of exploratory testing. The first is that it's hard to make progress visible. The second is that it's difficult know what kind of coverage you might have after exploratory testing has been completed.

Interestingly, large enterprises are often perfect places to implement exploratory testing. With a need to juggle multiple complex costs, deal with ever-changing priorities and project activities, and a constant demand to drive down costs (do more with less) – exploratory testing seems like the perfect solution. The problem is most testers in these organizations don't know where to start. In this talk, we look to address that problem by outlining techniques for successful rollout .

About the Speaker

Michael Kelly is a Partner at Developer Town - a venture development firm. He is most passionate about exploratory testing, performance testing, and testing in an agile environment. He writes and speaks about topics in software testing and is a past director and president for the Association for Software Testing and a co-founder of the Indianapolis Workshops on Software Testing, a series of ongoing meetings on topics in software testing. You can learn more about Mike on his website at

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