- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (March 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937785025
- ISBN-13: 978-1937785024
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Reading this book taught me new skills and heuristics; but even better, it helped me channel my tester "spidey sense" more creatively and usefully. I keep this book handy at all times and occasionally do one of the practice sessions to keep my awareness keen. Explore It! helps me make sure our customers and our company get real value from our software. It'll help you too.""--Lisa Crispin, Coauthor with Janet Gregory, "Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams"""
""Explore It! starts with a bang. Elisabeth catches your imagination and has filled the book with practical ideas for exploring everything from your typical GUI scenarios to testing ideas (requirements), and she even includes suggestions for programmers on how to explore low-level code. This book should be on every development team member's desk, not only testers. It is the book I carry with me whenever I introduce exploratory testing to development teams.""--Janet Gregory, Coauthor with Lisa Crispin, "Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams"
About the Author
Elisabeth Hendrickson is a tester, developer, and Agile enabler. A seasoned veteran, she wrote her first line of code in 1980, and almost immediately found her first bug. In 2010 she won the prestigious Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance. She is best known for her Google Tech Talk on Agile Testing as well as her wildly popular Test Heuristics Cheatsheet. She splits her time between teaching, speaking, writing, programming, and working on Agile teams that value her obsession with testing.
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In my years of working in software development I have noticed to paths testers take. Chaotic, where they initially try to break the system with the most extreme choices they can, and spec testers that work closely to specific test cases. If a person applies the principles in this book to software testing it will lead to respectable feedback to the developers for addressing deficiencies (whether those are bugs or expected functionality that is lacking). The benefits of both the harsh and spec based testing will be made manifests in exploratory testing.
The chapter on chartering is excellent, because it not only proposes a good practice for software testing but for addressing a multitude of problems. It is as follows: Explore ___ with ___ to discover ____. Outside of testing software consider its application to acquiring virtues, trying out new team practices, or making any type of major "trial" to see if a process is in somehow improved.
The Test Heuristics cheat sheet is excellent for beginners, and is worth going over with your newer software testers so that they are providing value above that of just a standard user testing the software.
I would recommend this book and encourage members of my team to read it.
The book is easy to read and each chapters is meaningful on it's own.
In my opinion it is a must read for anyone who works with software development no matter if you are a tester, programmer, scrum master, manager, etc...
Short and to the point. No fluff, just useful methods of exploratory testing. Other testing books require you not only to change your testing habits, but also how others work. This is not always realistic.
This book is about helping the reader become better at testing. It's a personal adventure.
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