Preparations[ edit ] The initial task during the implementation of a team is the definition of the general purpose of the team together with the determination of the level of virtuality that might be appropriate to achieve these goals.
Others have already made the point we make here: In fact, Michael said that about tests inand James wrote a blog post in that seems to say that about testers.
Aaron Hodder said it quite directly inand so did Paul Gerrard. This includes text instructions, but also any form of instructions, or even biases that are not instructions.
No one distinguished between exploratory and scripted testing. If we had some simple way of presenting that kind of information to the machine for checking, we might just as well have the machine do the coding.
Let us not forget that complex logical operations occur through a combination of simple instructions executed by the computer and not by the computer logically deducing or inferring what is desired. But, then the formalizers came and confused everyone.
The formalizers—starting officially in with the publication of the first testing book, Program Test Methods—focused on the forms of testing, rather than its essences. By forms, we mean words, pictures, strings of bits, data files, tables, flowcharts and other explicit forms of modeling.
These are things that we can see, read, point to, move from place to place, count, store, retrieve, etc. Testing, at the intersection of human thought processes and activities, makes use of artifacts. Artifacts of testing without the humans are like state of the art medical clinics without doctors or nurses: At that time, they were dealing with shiny new conjectures.
The sky was their oyster! But formalization and mechanization soon escaped the lab. Informal testing was equated to unprofessional testing. The role of thinking, feeling, communicating humans became displaced.
James joined the fray in and tried to make sense of all this. We do mean to say that the non-obvious truths about testing are in evidence all around us, when we put aside folklore and look carefully at how people work each day.
He began writing and speaking about his experiences. Thus emerged what we, here, call ET 1. Rebellion Testing with and without a script are different experiences. At first, we were mostly drawn to the quality of ideas that emerged from unscripted testing.
When we did ET, we found more bugs and better bugs. It just felt like better testing. So, the crusaders for ET treated it as a technique and advocated using that technique.
But we were wrong about characterizing it that way. Doing so, we now realize, marginalizes and misrepresents it. It was okay as a start, but thinking that way leads to a dead end. Many people today, even people who have written books about ET, seem to be happy with that view. This era of ET 1.
At that time, there were just a handful of people in the industry actively trying to develop exploratory testing into a discipline, despite the fact that all testers unconsciously or informally pursued it, and always have.
For these few people, it was not enough to leave ET in the darkness. To do that, they pursued two major threads of investigation. This work would soon cause us to refactor our notions of scripted and exploratory testing.
Because our understanding of the deep structures of testing itself was evolving fast. When James joined ST Labs inhe was for the first time fully engaged in developing a vision and methodology for software testing.
This was when he and Cem began their fifteen-year collaboration. This was when Rapid Software Testing methodology first formed. One of the first big innovations on that path was the introduction of guideword heuristics as one practical way of joining real-time tester thinking with a comprehensive underlying model of the testing process.
Lists of test techniques or documentation templates had been around for a long time, but as we developed vocabulary and cognitive models for skilled software testing in general, we started to see exploratory testing in a new light.
We began to compare and contrast the important structures of scripted and exploratory testing and the relationships between them, instead of seeing them as activities that merely felt different.
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