STAREAST 2022 Concurrent Session : The Theatre of Exploratory Testing: Going Off Script


Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Theatre of Exploratory Testing: Going Off Script

Ask a handful of testers to define exploratory testing. Some will respond that it’s simply poking around - try something, see what breaks, and then try something else. Many will identify it as an iterative process of learning and experimentation. But ask about what makes exploratory testing hard, and you find that practitioners are challenged in knowing where to start, what to test, when to stop, and how to know if they’ve found a bug. What makes for good exploratory testing? Join Philip as he examines the techniques of the actors of the Commedia dell'Arte, the 16th century approach adopted by Disney's character entertainers to bring joy to millions of park visitors every year. Success in improvisation on this scale requires preparation and the use of stock, archetypal characters. In this session, we will adapt Commedia dell'Arte's methods, and the use of personas, which they inspired, to the art, science, and process of exploratory testing. Of course, anyone who has ever visited a Disney Park understands that a successful day requires a plan, and exploratory testing is no different. Inspired by art, and with the added focus of “testing tour” goals, we will unleash our testing creativity, learn practical new ways to guide our exploratory testing, and …  maybe have a little fun along the way.

Philip Daye

Philip Daye has more than two decades of experience in software development, testing, and delivery for companies of all sizes. From his earliest days as a software tester, Philip has pursued a passion for quality, which has led him to hone his craft by studying and researching the advances in the field, applying it to his current work, and then sharing it with others. Active in the testing community, Philip is a co-organizer of the South Florida Test Automation meetup and has presented at several meetups and conferences. Philip’s current role is Quality Architect for UKG, a leading developer and provider of cloud-based HRCM software, where he works with development teams across the company.