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Exploratory Software Testing by James A. Whittaker

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Chapter 5. Hybrid Exploratory Testing Techniques

“When you have a good script you’re almost in more trouble than when you have a terrible script.”

Robert Downey, Jr.

Scenarios and Exploration

As the preceding two chapters have shown, exploratory testing has a great deal of strategy associated with it. It is a good combination of structured thinking and freestyle exploration that can be very powerful for finding bugs and verifying correctness. This chapter shows how the exploratory testing mindset can be combined with more traditional scenario-based and scripted testing. This hybrid technique relaxes much of the rigidity ordinarily associated with scripting and makes good use of the exploratory testing guidance presented ...

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