STG Edinburgh 14: Steve Green – A Structured Approach to Exploratory Testing

Exploratory testing is still widely misunderstood and characterised as being unstructured, unplanned, incomplete, random and merely something you might do if you have time left after doing ‘proper’ testing. All this may be true if it is done badly but that does not need to be the case.

This presentation will describe an approach to exploratory testing that addresses all these criticisms and demonstrates how it can be far more efficient, effective and thorough than the traditional approach to testing. Indeed it is often the only kind of testing that is needed on a project.

I will also make the case for demanding the withdrawal of software testing standard ISO29119. The first part of the standard was published in 2013, and opinions are predictably polarised between those who believe it will improve our craft and those who believe it will do great damage.

Steve has been in software testing since the 1990s and specialises in exploratory testing and accessibility testing and consultancy. He founded Test Partners Ltd in 2001 and still does hands-on testing when he can. He is passionate about improving testers’ skills and is one of the four members of the Black Ops Testing team that teach context-driven testing via webinars and workshops.

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STG Edinburgh 14 – Simon Salmon: Security & Testing

Simon is the Head of IT Strategy at Nottingham City Council and a director of the East Midlands Public Services Network.

Simon is responsible for managing the IT Security and Information Governance services, alongside Project, Strategy, Schools Support and IT Contracts and Procurement functions. He has worked in Information Security since 1999 and led one of the first implementations/accreditation a to BS7799

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Matt Heusser – Compressing Test Time with Exploratory Methods: A Practicum

Seb Rose, who presented one of the lightening talks at STG Glasgow, as asked to highlight the upcoming course lead by Matt Heusser:

Compressing Test Time with Exploratory Methods: A Practicum
A BCS Professional Awareness Course

Friday 30th May 2014, 09:00 – 17:00.

Presenter: Matt Heusser.

Edinburgh Training & Conference Centre , 16 St Mary Street Edinburgh , EH1 1SU.

Cost: £168 for BCS members, £198 for others (both including VAT).

The course is one of a series of Professional Current Awareness Courses aimed at providing greater access to developing subjects for IT professionals.

For full details and registration see the BCS Site

Course Overview

This interactive and participatory workshop will simulate real market conditions for software testing.

The morning starts with an introduction to quick attacks (with some exercises), followed by an introduction to specification-based techniques (with some exercises).

In the afternoon, we talk about where test ideas come from, including system capability, failure modes, usage scenarios, and other methods.

From the there the class follows it’s energy. Possible topics include time management in exploratory testing, coverage models, how to document document defects, perform bug advocacy and triage, and communicate about risk and status.

Thank You


A huge vote of thanks to everyone at STG Glasgow yesterday. In particular

Our sponsors – UST Global

Our keynotes:
Graham Thomas
James Christie

And everyone that attended and contributed to the day.