Ad Hoc Testing

By Ray Claridge
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So we all know how to plan, define and execute tests, but what about ad hoc testing? Can it be as good? Is it effective?

As a tester in my previous life, I've found the answer to this is no. You might disagree with this statement but I've always found that you end up getting side tracked and going round in circles. You might think that ad hoc testing is part and parcel of testing agile, but think again.

Ok, let me back track slightly and tell you how to be as effective as possible when ad hoc testing to the point where it's not ad hoc.


For example - let's say you've asked to test some functionality you've never seen before, there's no spec and the only other info is maybe a design. You've got limited time and the software is going live ASAP.

In this situration, before you aimlessly click around, think about what's been delivered. Is it common functionality? Can you use a checklist? If so - great! The next thing to do is to spent the next 15 minutes to create a mini test plan and before you know it you're not ad hoc testing anymore.

Use my guides and checklist to assist you in the process
http://www.testertroubles.com/2010/08/simple-testing-add-edit-delete.html
http://www.testertroubles.com/2009/11/exploratory-testing-agile-approach.html
http://www.testertroubles.com/2009/06/testing-checklist.html

Ray - testertroubles

4 comments »

  • Ted Stone said:  

    Clicking around without an agenda ends up being a waste of time, so to create a mini plan is a great idea. Tell me Ray - do you ever guest speak at some agile meet-ups? Would be good to pick your brains.

  • Cathy said:  

    Being a tester I also find ad hoc testing to become complicated more and more as we proceed with Software quality testing. I also agree with your post.

  • Software Testing said:  

    Nice information related to Ad-hoc testing

  • Software Testing said:  

    Thank you a lot for such really valuable information found in the your blog. You can get info on Software Testing as well with some guidelines with different way of thinking.