Where are all the Exploratory Testers?
I'm a department head at an app dev. company in the UK, and I'm specifically looking for testers who list 'Exploratory Testing' in their resume/ CV. Despite the fact that this is also listed in the job description, all the CV's I've seen so far list pretty much everything *but* Exploratory.
Is Exploratory Testing going out of fashion or something, or is it simply that people regard Exploratory as a 'weak' technique and therefore don't list it on their CV?
Head over to the Software Testing Club (Software Testing Club - An Online Software Testing Community) or to the Ministry of Testing (https://www.ministryoftesting.com/).
They're sort of related, both UK-based and often host events and meetups, and occasionally host Rapid Software Testing courses with James Bach or Michael Bolton. They also have freelancing 'Test Ninjas' and have job boards where you can post openings (and they'll tweet them on if you ask nicely!).
(Note for mods: I have no connection with either, apart from being a member on their forums and attending the odd meetup).
Re exploratory testing, I wouldn't say that it's going out of fashion or that it's a weak technique. There's a thriving community online but it can get swamped in the real world by the sheer numbers of testers that stick to formal test case/script design.
This is just my thought.
Some of the formalization around Exploratory testing like those promoted by the Bach brothers are not yet mainstream in knowledge. In terms of manual testing, most of what people look at in a resume are 1) years of experience, and 2) How many technical skills like SQL, REST, scripting, and 3) Qualitative like attention to details, leader, etc...
If I were writing resume as a manual tester, I'd probably focus a lot on those 3 areas, since explaining why exploratory test theory matters to the recruiter would be a waste of space on my resume.
I have found more defects and suggestions from exploratory testing than anything else. it is not an open ended "free-for-all". I write down an area and try to stay in those bounds. When I go out of the area, I write down new places to explore. To me it is the most effective way to work.
I'm specifically looking for testers who list 'Exploratory Testing' in their resume/ CV
Are you looking for people to perform Exploratory Testing in you shop, and believe that you need to find someone who specifically defines themselves as an expert Exploratory Tester?
Originally Posted by Joe Strazzere
I am looking for people with good Exploratory testing skills (doesn't have to be a self-proclaimed 'expert', just somebody with experience using ET) to compliment the Functional testing we do.
But in my experience, everyone defines "Exploratory Testing" differently. Thus, there's little value in writing Exploratory Testing on a resume.
Instead, look for whatever would encompass "good Exploratory testing skills" in your shop, rather than just looking for the particular phrase.
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