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Overcoming The Challenges Faced in Exploratory Testing

  1. Overcoming The Challenges Faced In Exploratory Testing
  2. Understanding and expectations This point is valid not only for the tester but also the client. It is very important to understand the qualitative benefits of exploratory testing rather than focusing on the quantity and amount of resource utilization.
  3. Documentation (Lack of it We know how regular (scripted) testing works. The team prepares a strategy for the testing process, creates a well-documented plan, sends it to the team to obtain the necessary approvals. This document includes the reference terms, the plan of action the strategy, and the test scripts which are to be used.
  4. Like documentation, logging is extremely important. Going by the thumb rule, “Log as you execute” will make things easier for you as a tester. Moreover, logging in any form helps you create evidence for the efforts that have been put in irrespective of the outcome or delay. Logging Progress update Communication is key and when working with exploratory testing it can lack. But keeping the team and the client updated about the latest progress will make it easier to execute the work without undue pressure and also display your effort. Updating the team could be as simple as Sharing the logs with them. Now that we know this as a another one of common challenges of exploratory testing let us understand how we can minimize its impact on our working.
  5. The oracle problem According to Wikipedia, “Determining the correct output for a given input (and a set of program/system states) is known as the oracle problem or test oracle problem” . This is a much harder problem than it seems and involves working with problems related to controllability and observability.
  6. When we talk about testing, a common misconception about a tester is that testing is intended to ‘identify’ bugs document their behaviours well. But as a tester, it is important to understand that creativity and innovation are essential to a well-designed product, even the testing phase. Negative testing
  7. Timing the execution Another common issue while ensuring best practices in exploratory testing is not knowing when to adapt to exploratory testing. In fact, when it comes to exploratory testing it is more important to know when to run it than how to. This is also important because of the lack of test cases. Exploratory testing is considered more informal than scripted testing thus making it unfit for auditing purposes. This is why not knowing how to time it can have a negative impact on the entire working.
  8. Organize Your Test Cycle Exploratory testing involves venturing into the unknown and trying to find faults that might get missed by scripts and other traditional forms of testing. The benefits that we get is that critical bugs can be caught through this method. EXPLORATORY TESTING BEST PRACTICES ONE
  9. Add Checkpoints Exploratory Testing is a time-consuming process and this might often lead to long spells of no information regarding the testing progress. To avoid multiple teams from waiting on the entire testing process to complete, it is highly recommended that certain checkpoints be set by the testers. TWO
  10. As it is with any kind of exploration, there will not be a fixed path that can be traversed while testing an application. This would make testing an open-ended problem with countless paths to identify bugs and vulnerabilities within the system. THREE Record The Entire Process
  11. Real users of the application don’t usually have a supervised guidance or a manual that gives the best way to use an application. Based on the users’ intuition and experience using other similar applications, they might use the same feature of an application in multiple ways. FOUR Aim to be a User
  12. Unlike the traditional testing methods, the aim of exploratory testing isn’t to test the entire application. Sometimes, the testing is performed to address a specific need. The specific need can be to identify security threats to critical modules of an application or to discover the points of failure in a new module that has been added to the UI. FIVE Define the Scope of Testing
  13. The bugs encountered while performing Exploratory testing should be appropriately prioritized and classified. Every organization has a process where they classify the most frequently encountered bugs. This classification could be on the basis of various functionality offered by the application. SIX Prioritize and Classify Your Bugs
  14. Bug reporting is an art and one that needs to be performed with caution and concentration. Make sure you provide a unique yet relevant title to the bug for easy identification. It is always recommended as a best practice to provide the steps to reproduce. Prepare an informative bug report SEVEN
  15. Exploratory testing has its own set of challenges, some of which we discussed above. Yet, it is a revolutionary method of testing which ensures a well-tested and well thought of product leaving a very little scope for common error apart from technical errors which can be taken care of by automation. Thus, it will be ideal to say that despite its challenges, exploratory testing is very important to the testing process. Feel free to share about your experience with exploratory testing in the comment section below. If you have got some questions for us then we will be happy to answer them. Happy testing! CONCLUSION