What is exploratory testing? As with so many things in testing, there's a lot of confusion around the concept. For years, exploratory testing was dismissed by some as "ad hoc", "undocumented", "unstructured", "experience-based". Others talk of exploratory testing in terms of chartered, time-boxed sessions. Still others wonder how exploratory testing fits with Agile, Scrum, and DevOps. Is exploratory testing is manual testing? How can you use it to test an API, or software as a service?

In this talk, Michael Bolton will offer the Rapid Software Testing perspective on exploratory testing. He'll trace some of the history of ideas about ET, dispel some common misunderstandings about it, and show how exploratory work is woven through all of your testing.