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Here are some recent articles. For a more complete list, go to the full list of articles.

Working with Answers to Open Questions

Complicated answers are harder to work with. Here's how I cope.

Question Chaining

How I chain questions together, building, refining and sometimes wrecking) a model

Question Transformation 2 - Refocus

Refocus your Questions to match your purpose

Writing Tools

My handwrting and paper filing system gets worse, and most of what I write beyond jotting now goes via a keyboard. An MX Keys [https://www.logitech.com/en-gb/products/keyboards/mx-keys-wireless-keyboard.html] , generally. Here's my current set of tools, and their purposes: OmmWriter [https://ommwriter.com] – for when I

April stuff at Workroom Productions

Stuff on exploratory testing, new exercises, offers, peer conferences, and more

Exploration without Tools is Weak and Slow

An overdue rant: The days of hand-cranked exploration are done.

Teaching Exploratory Testing with Code

Concentrate on data rather than tooling and syntax

LEWT: The London Exploratory Workshop in Testing

Rules of LEWT

Acid Test

Peer conference. Not safe. Exciting though, and full of lessons.

Making the RasterReveal Exercise

Building an exercise involves much wrangling and working around unexpected behaviours.

Teeny Tiny Test Harness

console.assert is my go-to teeny tiny test harness for JavaScript

Exploring without Requirements

Requirements are helpful rather than crucial

Testing Reveals Requirements

The closer you look, the better you see.

Exploring the BlackBox Puzzles

BlackBox Puzzles help you explore the ways that you build and test models.

Use Your Imagination (1)

Feed your imagination with notes, pictures and probes

Exploring while Unit Testing

How I use tests to learn about what I make, while helping it to behave consistently.

Exploring a page with Selectors

A handy trick to get fast and useful feedback on hard to read CSS selectors.

Fuzzy Search

How turning on search was astonishingly easy – and gave surprising results.

Keynote eXtreme

A keynote with a random title. And nobody – including the speaker – knows who speaker will be.

Debugging: Not Testing but Drowning 3

Your system is working, but it's on fire. You reckon it's down to your test config / environment, not a mistake in the code.

Videos

For a more-detailed list, go to the videos page

MoT Exploratory Testing Week 2021

I use Python to find surprises (for me) in the Python interpreter.

Wicked Problems

Testing contains several "Wicked" problems, whose resolutions are unclear until they are found.

Outlines and Abstracts

For a more-detailed list, go to the outlines page

Hands-on, Tooled-up Testing

A full day workshop on exploring systems with data

Keynote eXtreme

A keynote with a random title. And nobody – including the speaker – knows who speaker will be.

Questions, Questions

This interactive workshop will help you ask the right testing questions, of the right people, at the right time.

Teaching Exploratory Testing with Code

Concentrate on data rather than tooling and syntax

Wrangling, Debugging and Testing

Do we spend months getting our systems to a point where we can test? We do. Here's why, and what we can do about it.

Wrangling, Debugging and Testing (conference talk abstract)

It would be good to recognise that many testers spend most of their time not testing (in the sense of finding new useful info), but making their SUTs work at all.

Papers

For a more-detailed list, go to the papers page

Exploratory Testing Notes

Very rough notes from me as a younger consultant

Exercises

To see collections of exercises, go to the exercises page

Exercise: Becoming Coverage

A game to play with colleagues to understand coverage more deeply.

Exercise: Other People's Code

Consider your own code through the lens of other people's code.

Raster Reveal

Reveal pictures to see what is in them, as an exercise in exploration.

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