Exploratory testing: An empirical study approach

Authors Rudolf Ramler
Dietmar Winkler
Title Exploratory testing: An empirical study approach
Booktitle Proc. Work in Progress Session, 32nd EUROMICRO Conf. in Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA 2006)
Type in proceedings
Publisher SEA-Publications
Address Cavtat, Dubrovnic, Croatia
ISBN 3-902457-11-2
Month August/September
Year 2006
SCCH ID# 617

Exploratory testing facilitates concurrent learning, test design, and test execution. It has recently gained much attention from practitioners arguing about the numerous benefits an exploratory approach to software testing provides. Yet up to now only little empirical data on the performance of exploratory testing is available. In this paper we give an overview of frequently cited characteristics of exploratory testing and we discuss the basic outline of an empirical study to evaluate the applicability and performance of exploratory testing.