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What Is Exploratory Testing and When to Use It

Feb 26, 2020 5:24:50 PM / by Mark Trinh

Exploratory testing is a powerful tool that can help teams deliver higher quality products. It has been shown that it can improve test coverage, increase domain knowledge about the system within the team, and increase involvement across departments.

In The ACT Framework, we believe that exploratory testing is an activity that should be practiced on all levels - team, program, and enterprise. At the team level, finding defects quickly can greatly reduce the overall development cycle. At the program and enterprise level, it can quickly validate the overall user experience and functionality of the system.

But according to our research, we've found that it's been widely neglected or poorly executed. The reason is that most people don't have a full understanding on how exploratory testing can help and how it fits in their current testing process. Our latest article around exploratory testing can help clear some of the confusion and provide some guidance on how you can add it as part of your current testing process.

We'd love to hear you feedback on your experiences with exploratory testing and what the benefits you've obtained from it. Or if you're not including exploratory testing as part of your testing process, we'd love to know the reasons behind that decision. Please reach out to us and let us know your opinions.

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Tags: #theactframework, #testing, #exploratorytesting

Mark Trinh

Written by Mark Trinh

Mark Trinh is part of the Digital Transformation Strategy team at Tricentis. At Tricentis, his responsibilities include developing strategies and programs to help large enterprises to improve on their testing practices. Through his work with these enterprise, he saw a pattern of successes and failures in scaling continuous testing across an enterprise. Mark took these learnings and co-created The ACT Framework to help guide the organization through their continuous testing journey.