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Exploratory testing is a hands-on approach which is centred around exploratory thinking and test execution. This course shows how exploratory testing techniques can be used to maximise the return on investment from the test team.

When using experience-based techniques a lot of testers focus on just getting the testing done, starting the testing effort without consideration of what to test and when. Exploratory testing is not an excuse to not document, cut corners, or just follow your nose – instead it is a structured, disciplined and advanced technique. When using an exploratory testing approach, it becomes even more critical to plan and prepare the team to ensure the testing is effective and efficient.

Our Applied Exploratory Testing course introduces planning, key techniques, tracking, tools and reporting related to exploratory testing. You will learn about tours, checklists, test charters and other exploratory test techniques in a hands-on and practical day of testing.

Intended for:
Anyone who is interested in using exploratory testing.

You will need a basic understanding of testing.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the course you will be able to understand the fundamentals of how to plan and structure an effective and efficient approach to exploratory testing. You will understand the important factors to be considered in the planning of exploratory testing and the key techniques and tools that can be used.


  • Plan exploratory testing sessions
  • Defining the test charter
  • Learning how to think like an exploratory tester
  • Understanding system attributes
  • Understanding what elements to look for
  • Using mnemonics and heuristics
  • Setting up and taking tours of the solution
  • Using checklists
  • Using tools to assist with exploratory testing
  • Generating and reporting meaningful results

Method used:

Lecturing is kept to the minimum necessary, most of the learning is achieved through applying the practices and techniques.

Take your learning to the next level:

Applied Exploratory Testing

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Course outline:
Applied Exploratory Testing Outline (PDF)