My First Exploratory Testing Workshop

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Today I did something fun!

Already some time my colleagues &co were asking about an exploratory testing workshop. I did not say yes or no. I wanted to do it, but did not have clear idea how?

Then I went to TestBash Utrecht and had a chance to take a part in Jean-Paul‘s exploratory workshop. That was mind blowing!!! There is generally this thing about TestBash workshops – they accelerate my skills and boom my motivation. In this one Jean-Paul literally several times said that I have no idea how to explore. Important was that when he said it, it was not like shaming but like exposing one of my unknown unknowns and that’s up to me what I will do with it. Plus, in case I wanted to do something about it, he gave practical tools for it. LOVE IT!

So today, thanks to Jean-Paul, I gave my very first mini exploratory testing workshop. My task was easier, because I work together with my workshop team, and harder, because I realised, it is part of the workshop to expose unknown unknowns.

It turned out to work out very well. We had AHA moments, fun and bonding.

Outline for our 45m workshop:

  • exploring surrounding
  • exploring software with 7 Questions by Jean-Paul at EuroSTAR Conference. Those slides were not a part of workshop in TB NL, but because of limited time and to support the idea I wanted to transfer in my workshop, found them very fitting.
  • re-exploring software with SFDPO

And we ended with de-briefing strategy: PROOF (stands for Past, Results, Obstacles, Outlook, Feelings)

P.S. if you can, go and take a workshop by Jean-Paul. I recommend it. And do not forget to tell me afterwards how did you liked it.

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