As a ScrumMater, Claire Moss is responsible for removing obstacles for her team. In this article, she describes her experience teaching everyone on the team—testers and non-testers—exploratory testing skills through pairing.
- Exploratory testing as a way to integrate product teams.
- Folks in other disciplines are concerned with different risks, take different notes - have fresh perspective that professional testers don’t have.
…the mental models and attacks that our colleagues used were not necessarily what we as testers would use, especially when the pair was the developer who had produced the software we were exploring! We were able to talk about whether exploring your own code was a difficult task and how to break out of the creator mindset into a distinct explorer perspective. Along the way, we discovered that different team members were concerned about different risks. This revealed that each generalizing specialist contributed unique value to the work of testing.
- Article is premised on teaching exploratory testing.
- Test charter as well as sitemap can be useful for keeping test focused on intended area of exploration.
- Praise is an important part of encouraging other to step out of their comfort zones.
- A shared understanding of testing helps the whole team.