What Is Exploratory Testing — Tentamen Software Testing Blog

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Exploratory testing is a hot topic among testers. But what is exploratory testing? Let’s explore what James Bach said on this topic in his archive article What Is Exploratory Testing?. This is a part of the Exploratory Testing Pathway. Many thanks to Marcel who sublimed this great resource on his blog, That’s the buffet table.

Exploring For Article About Exploratory Testing

In 2017, I bookmarked the following URL from James blog: “http://www.satisfice.com/articles/what_is_et.shtml” and made my reading notes. When I enter this URL today, I was redirected to “https://www.satisfice.com/exploratory-testing.” So I used the Wayback Machine to find out the version from the time when I did the bookmark.


Exploratory testing is contrasted with scripted testing. Looking at it from the angle of scripted testing, exploratory testing is a fun and powerful approach to testing and is more potent than scripted testing. In some situations, it could be more productive than scripted testing. The testing approach is product investigation under tight constraints. What evidence we have for these claims?

Exploratory Tester Attributes

Here are preconditions for a good exploratory tester:

  • intuition
  • experience
  • follow hunches

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