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Exploratory Testing: Session-Based Test Management For Agile Development


In this agile age, exploratory testing can be a valuable tool as our QA teams need to adapt to the challenges of rapid test design and execution. However, exploratory testing is often misunderstood as an uncontrolled, hit or miss, unproductive activity. And it can be. A big challenge for teams wanting to adopt exploratory test techniques is addressing questions about what the testers are spending time on, what they’re actually covering, and what value they’re producing for the product and for the team.

Along with a brief introduction to exploratory testing, this talk will demonstrate how one team has adapted session-based test management (SBTM) principles to design exploratory tests, execute, and capture metrics to measure test coverage and progress.



Mary Mehrer is currently a QA Manager with Deutsche Bank Global Technologies. She has been in IT throughout her career, working primarily with finance and consumer goods companies. Specializing in QA for the past 12 years, Mary has advocated for an increased QA presence throughout the systems development life-cycle. She has worked with teams to implement software quality management and design practices for both software development and package installs. She is currently interested in adaptive test design and practices for improving QA productivity on agile development teams.



Doors open at 6:00, Meeting starts at 6:30


Paid TISQA members are free, others are $5.  Refreshments will be served.

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  • Jim H.

    Excellent session in which we addressed all of the challenges I experienced in working with SBTM last release.

    June 21, 2012

  • Brian C

    Excellent meeting, tons of info, good examples and loved the topic.

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not yet participating in Exploratory Testing or an Agile enviornment, but all is headed that way. This presentation was very very helpful in getting me to understand how we may make that transition from waterfall to Agile, what tools are available, and how we can still report on defects, coverage, progress, etc.

    June 20, 2012

  • Jon A.

    Very helpful - reminded me of the importance of blocking off time for exploratory testing, and gave some good tips for getting it done. Thanks!

    June 20, 2012

  • Cheryl K.

    Mary did a great presentation.

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was great. I finally got to talk with some practically using Exploratory testing and some of the ins and out of its daily use. I have always loved the theory and seems my implementation was not to far off from the presenters

    June 20, 2012

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