Getting The Most Out of Team Exploratory Testing

25-minute Talk

Team Exploratory Testing can help you shift the mentality of who owns quality within the team, transforming your team's mindset and creating a more collaborative and efficient testing process.

Virtual Pass session

Timetable

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thursday 21st

Room

Room F3 - Track 3: Talks

Audience

Tester, Managers, Developers, Product Owners

Key-Learnings

  • The team owns the quality, it is not only the responsibility of the tester
  • How to use a powerful tool to improve delivery quality
  • Exploratory testing sessions are a time to learn and propose improvements before the delivery reaches the hands of the users, and not just to find bug

When I first joined my current company, I was asked to organize a Team Test Exploratory Session. I had no prior experience with this type of activity. While I had attended conferences and talks on exploratory testing, I had never actually practised it. Moreover, the existing template and process did not meet my expectations, so I took on the challenge of creating something new. 
 
In this talk, I will share my experiences with Team Exploratory Testing Sessions. Various roles within the team, such as the Product Manager, Designer, Developers, Testers, and SRE Team are involved, putting themselves in the tester's shoes. During this journey, they not only identify issues but also propose improvements and future development ideas.  Because of the knowledge and expertise all of them share during the collaborative testing session, they're also learning along the way.  
 
I will also show that the most crucial aspect is the conversations that arise during the session, when participants ask questions and share their knowledge. I will discuss how to effectively manage these conversations, ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak and that the results derived from these interactions are valuable. 

During the session, I will provide practical examples of how to schedule, prepare, run, and finalize team exploratory testing sessions. I have created a template using a dashboard that facilitates remote collaboration and simultaneous work by multiple team members so that the attendees will be able to use this in their context. 
 

The quality of the developments we do is too important to entrust it to just one person, the tester. Team Exploratory Testing can help us to shift the mentality of who owns quality within the team, changing the assumption that the tester is the only person responsible for quality to a shared responsibility for quality across the whole feature cycle. It also fosters a collaborative team environment where everyone works together as a cohesive unit. 

Join my talk where I will show the attendees, using a practical example, how to maximize the potential of Team Exploratory Testing Sessions. By incorporating this approach into their testing practices, they can transform their team's mindset and create a more collaborative and efficient testing process. 

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