How is Exploratory Testing Used? : A State-of-the-Practice Survey

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dc.contributor.author Pfahl, Dietmar
dc.contributor.author Yin, Huishi
dc.contributor.author Mäntylä, Mika V.
dc.contributor.author Münch, Jürgen
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-13T12:04:00Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-13T12:04:00Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Pfahl , D , Yin , H , Mäntylä , M V & Münch , J 2014 , How is Exploratory Testing Used? A State-of-the-Practice Survey . in ESEM '14 Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement . , 5 , ACM , New York , International symposium on empirical software engineering and measurement , Torino , Italy , 18/09/2014 . https://doi.org/10.1145/2652524.2652531
dc.identifier.citation conference
dc.identifier.other PURE: 45963788
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: f27a4f26-ddbc-49eb-97b7-b2fcdfecc610
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84907855928
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153363
dc.description Jufo_ID: 59031 ; lyhenne ESEM.
dc.description.abstract Context: Exploratory Testing has experienced a rise in popularity in the industry with the emergence of agile development practices, yet it remains unclear, in which domains and how it is used in practice. Goal: To study how software engineers understand and apply the principles of exploratory testing, as well as the specific advantages and difficulties they experience. Method: We conducted an online survey in the period June to August 2013 among Estonian and Finnish software developers and testers. Results: Our main findings are that the majority of testers, developers, and test managers using ET, (1) apply ET to usability- critical, performance-critical, security-critical and safety-critical software to a high degree; (2) use ET very flexibly in all types of test levels, activities, and phases; (3) perceive ET as an approach that supports creativity during testing and that is effective and efficient; and (4) find that ET is not easy to use and has little tool support. Conclusions: The high degree of application of ET in critical domains is particularly interesting and indicates a need for future research to obtain a better understanding of the effects of ET in these domains. In addition, our findings suggest that more support to ET users should be given (guidance and tools). en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher ACM
dc.relation.ispartof ESEM '14 Proceedings of the 8th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
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dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences
dc.title How is Exploratory Testing Used? : A State-of-the-Practice Survey en
dc.type Conference contribution
dc.contributor.organization Department of Computer Science
dc.contributor.organization Software Systems Engineering research group / Jürgen Münch
dc.contributor.organization Empirical Software Engineering research group / Tomi Männistö
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dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1145/2652524.2652531
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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dc.identifier.url http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2652531

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