SSQA October 9: Jon Bach "Exploratory on Purpose”


“If we are alert, with minds and eyes open, we will see meaning in the commonplace; we will see very real purposes in situations which we might otherwise shrug off and call ‘chance’.” -- from a lecture Jon’s grandfather Roland Bach.  Contrary to what you might think, exploratory testing has structure, much in the same way jazz has structure or a conversation with a friend has structure.  It may not seem like it, but once you know what to look for, you won’t be able to ignore it.  This presentation is about simple methods, tactics, and tools you can use to leverage the structures in exploration to quickly find important bugs, while responding to any scrutiny about what you did to find them.


Jon Bach is Director of Live Site Quality for eBay. His role is to coordinate efforts to find production bugs on eBay's related sites and take measures to improve customer experiences through bug advocacy. A veteran of more than a dozen STAR conferences, he delights in telling stories from 17 years in testing for companies like LexisNexis, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft.  He is an award-winning keynote speaker and blogger, but his claim-to-fame is as co-creator of Session-Based Test Management —a way to manage and measure efforts from exploratory testing.

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  • Don M.

    Great presentation, with ample examples including live feed from the eBay website. The speaker was very comfortable speaking in front of a crowd and responded well to audience feedback.

    October 12, 2012

  • Jim M.

    Entertaining and insightful. I have wondered about "live testing" for a big site and it seems a little more understandable and plausible after this.

    October 10, 2012

  • Amit S.

    Looking forward to attending it after attending Jon's session in Starwest last week.

    October 7, 2012

  • Noel Y.

    Anyone know what topics will be discussed at the next meeting?

    September 25, 2012

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