Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design

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Today, i share you an ebook about Exploratory Software Testing James A. Whittaker

I first met James Whittaker several years ago while he was a professor at
Florida Institute of Technology. He was visiting the Microsoft campus in
Redmond and spoke to a small group of testers about—what else—testing.
It was clear from that first meeting that James has a good sense of humor
and a deep knowledge of testing. Years in front of the classroom had obvi-
ously given him a chance to develop an ability to connect with those will-
ing and eager to learn.
James joined Microsoft in 2006, and over the past three years, I’ve had
the opportunity to spend plenty of time with James and get to know him
better. I’m happy to report that both the humor and the ability to connect
with testers are still key parts of his approach to teaching and communica-
tion. It seems like every time I talked to him there was another tester or test
team that he had connected with and inspired. Although we never worked
on the same team at Microsoft, we have had more than a few opportunities
to work together on cross-company initiatives as well as share ownership
of a lecture session for new Microsoft employees. (Of course, by “share,” I
mean that James created the presentation and I stole his jokes.) Where we
really had a chance to connect over numerous hours during the course of
his tenure at Microsoft was Microsoft’s soccer pitch. We probably spent a
hundred hours over the past three years kicking a ball back and forth while
discussing our ideas about improving software testing and development.
One important thing to know about James is that when he has an idea,
he wants to test it and prove it. (Would you expect any less in a great
tester?) What makes this attribute work so well for him is that he isn’t
afraid to fail and admit an idea won’t work. Perhaps my testing nature
makes me more cynical than average, but I’m somewhat happy to say that
I’ve shot down more than a few of James’ “great ideas” over the past few
years. It lends some truth to something James tells his mentees: “Behind
most good ideas is a graveyard of those that weren’t good enough.” A suc-
cessful innovator has to be able to shed his ego.
In my role at Microsoft, I have the opportunity to observe and be a part
of countless new and creative ideas—but I see many potentially fantastic
inventions fail because the inventor doesn’t take the creative idea and
develop it until it’s practical. As James and I continued to meet and discuss
testing ideas, I was able to watch him take several of his ideas and method-
ically develop them into practical, usable creations that spread around
Microsoft into the hands of real testers. His idea for a Tester’s Heads Up
Display was one of these ideas that was vetted on our soccer pitch, refined
in practice, and resulted in a practical way for testers to consume and use

“Great book! Whittaker delivers ideas that are innovative, smart, and mem-
orable. He really knows how to inspire engineers to think differently about
—Patrick Copeland, Director of Test Engineering, Google
“James has perfected a fantastic manual testing methodology. The touring
concept not only works, but it works so well that we’ve started sharing the
tour concepts in the internal testing courses taught to all of our testers. If
you want to bring your manual testing processes into the 21st century then
read this book.”
—Alan Page, Director, Test Excellence, Microsoft



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