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Essentials: Exploratory testing 101


Begin your exploratory testing journey with our hands on driven introduction to all things Exploratory testing

One Day

Max 30 attendees

Classroom or Online

exploratory-testing, heuristics, testing-notes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe what software testers do
  • Debate the difference between testing and checking
  • Apply different techniques for discovering risks
  • Hypothesise different types of risks that might affect a product or project
  • Describe different templates to use when creating Test Charters
  • Construct Charters based on specific Risks
  • Carry out Exploratory testing sessions
  • Apply using heuristics and oracles to a testing situation
  • Correlate between heuristics and test ideas
  • Explain why note-taking in testing is important
  • Apply different note-taking approaches to different testing scenarios
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of note-taking approaches when testing ideas and testing products


 Do you find yourself frustrated by the lack of challenge in your testing role, managing mountains of test cases, or increasingly aware of the bugs that slip through your net? Adopting Exploratory testing can help relieve these frustrations, but how do you go about executing ET in a way that is effective for both you and your team? 

 Exploratory testing 101 offers you the opportunity to engage in discussions and exercises to learn about: 

  •  Teams who need to adopt new testing approaches to react to changing demands 
  •  Practitioners of testing who have gaps in their knowledge that they want to explore more 
  •  Individuals who want to learn more about how testing works to better work with team members or clients 

Meet the Instructors

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham


Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing OpsBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

Dan Ashby

Dan Ashby

Director of Quality Services

Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!

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