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Thursday, May 25 • 16:45 - 17:00
Checklists to Support Test Charter Design in Exploratory Testing

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During exploratory testing sessions the tester simultaneously learns, designs and executes tests. The activity is iterative and utilizes the skills of the tester and provides flexibility and creativity. Exploratory testing is also an iterative activity. As it aligns well with the agile philosophy of iterative development and learning it is considered an agile testing practice. Test charters are used as a vehicle to support the testers during the testing. The aim of this study is to support practitioners in the design of test charters through checklists. We aimed to identify factors allowing practitioners to critically reflect on their designs and contents of test charters to support practitioners in making informed decisions of what to include in test charters. The factors and contents have been elicited through interviews and a questionnaire. Overall, 30 factors and 35 content elements have been elicited. The most influential factors were client requirements, the test strategy and the knowledge of previous bugs. The most frequently mentioned contents were a description of the test environment, the test focus (part of the system to be tested), and the test level. The paper also discusses how practitioners may make use of the checklists.

Ahmad Nauman Ghazi, Ratna Pranathi Garigapati and Kai Petersen


Thursday May 25, 2017 16:45 - 17:00
Ballroom C 1st Floor

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