There are many myths when it comes to Exploratory testing. Let us debunk some of the common myths related to Exploratory testing.
1. Exploratory Testing Is Same As Ad-Hoc Testing
Exploratory testing is a more formal type of testing while ad-hoc testing goes more on a random side. Ad-hoc is more requirements based while exploratory is workflow based testing technique. The difference between Exploratory testing and ad-hoc testing is discussed in detail in the upcoming section.
2. Exploratory Testing Cannot Be Quantified
Just because the test plans are not documented, it does not mean that Exploratory testing does not have any documentation and cannot be quantified. In reality, it focuses more on the test execution and the defects explored are well documented. Hence, Exploratory testing is efficiently quantified, unlike the myth.
3. Exploratory Testing Is Not Planned At All
It’s just that the test planning is not given much time and importance in exploratory testing but at the same time, scenarios and strategies are planned before execution of exploratory testing. Since they are much documented unlike the other scripting techniques doesn’t at all mean that Exploratory testing is not planned at all.
4. Exploratory Testing Is More Time Consuming Than Scripted Testing
A common myth regarding Exploratory testing is that it is more time consuming than Scripted Testing, but in reality, Exploratory testing requires lesser time as the entire time spent on test planning and scripting is saved in Exploratory testing. Due to its less consuming nature, Exploratory testing is used in Agile methodologies where time duration between sprints is limited to a few weeks.
5. Exploratory Testing Is Only For Small-Scale Teams
Exploratory testing is often considered to be limited only for small-scale teams, but this is a misconception. Exploratory testing is efficiently carried in bigger teams too, where they collaborate with other testing methodologies for Agile Software Development.
6. Exploratory Testing Is Only For Agile Teams
Although most of the Agile teams use Exploratory testing technique along with Automation testing, this clearly does not mean that Exploratory testing is limited only to Agile teams. In fact, any software development team which is looking for a quick testing session with the agenda to explore and learn simultaneously about the website/application can efficiently use Exploratory testing. Due to this reason, Exploratory testing is often very popular among startups.