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What Are Pluses and Minuses of Exploratory Testing?

Any tester, consciously or unconsciously, at least once used the methods of exploratory testing, conducting software product testing.

Despite the fact that today this type of testing is still not too popular, it possesses the range of essential advantages.

Exploratory testing, being opposite to the scenario approach, is simultaneously the creation and execution of the tests. This method is notable for the high productivity and ease of use. Sometimes, applying this approach, the test team succeeds in faster detection of the system errors which were not discovered during the earlier alike checking.

3 Main Advantages of Exploratory Testing:

  1. Due to the absence of special preparations, there are little time expenditures and the success mostly depends on the cognitive thinking of the tester.
  2. Using the common facts on the basis of the earlier obtained results, in order to receive accurate the information about the specific error or system behavior.
  3. Commitment to the fact that the product has a tendency to the successfully performing the determined tests type.

Any software testing company should alert the testers about the fact that despite such significant advantages, this type of testing has the opposite side, forgetting which they can face the risk of the software quality reduction.

2 Main Exploratory Testing Limitations:

  1. The testers have to strictly and gradually follow the specified scenarios type to check the success tendency of their fulfillment.
  2. Some important defects can be missed.

Executing this type of software testing, the testers are not limited in their freedom – they may completely count on their skills and experience. Certainly, exploratory testing is very convenient and pleasant, but one should not forget that there are other types of testing – manual testing, functional testing, automated testing, and so on.