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Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

For Immediate Release: March, 2013

Uncover surprises, risks, and potentially serious bugs with exploratory testing. Rather than designing all tests in advance, explorers design and execute small, rapid experiments, using what they learned from the last little experiment to inform the next.

In Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $29.00), you’ll learn essential skills of a master explorer, including how to analyze software to discover key points of vulnerability, how to design experiments on the fly, how to hone your observation skills, and how to focus your efforts.

Software is full of surprises. No matter how careful or skilled you are, when you create software it can behave differently than you intended. Exploratory testing mitigates those risks.

Part 1 introduces the core, essential skills of a master explorer. You’ll learn to craft charters to guide your exploration, to observe what’s really happening (hint: it’s harder than it sounds), to identify interesting variations, and to determine what expected behavior should be when exercising software in unexpected ways.

Part 2 builds on that foundation. You’ll learn how to explore by varying interactions, sequences, data, timing, and configurations. Along the way you’ll see how to incorporate analysis techniques like state modeling, data modeling, and defining context diagrams into your explorer’s arsenal.

Part 3 brings the techniques back into the context of a software project. You’ll apply the skills and techniques in a variety of contexts and integrate exploration into the development cycle from the very beginning.

You can apply the techniques in this book to any kind of software. Whether you work on embedded systems, Web applications, desktop applications, APIs, or something else, you’ll find this book contains a wealth of concrete and practical advice about exploring your software to discover its capabilities, limitations, and risks.

Available for e-readers in epub, mobi, and PDF formats direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

What Readers are Saying

“There’s a hidden secret to Explore It! While attempting to capture the nuance and depth of exploratory testing, Elisabeth Hendrickson has managed to write one of the best books on test design I’ve ever read. Good test design comes from good test ideas, and this book is overflowing with both great test ideas and pragmatic stories to back them up.”
—Alan Page, Microsoft

Book Information

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Explore It!

Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

by Elisabeth Hendrickson

ISBN: 9781937785024, 186 pages, $29.00US, $30.00CA, 7.5×9.

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Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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