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Insights into Exploratory Testing (London Summer 2018)

James Lyndsay, Workroom Productions

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 09:00 - Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 17:30 (BST)

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Insights into Exploratory Testing

An interactive, hands-on two day workshop to try out and share a variety of exploratory approaches to software testing.



Exploring will help us build models of the systems under test. We will use those models to dig into unexpected behaviours and to judge the problems we find. 

  • We will use systematic exploration to parse the delivered system, to model meaning and surmise intent, and to diagnose field reports. 
  • We will contrast the ways that we check expectations with how we chase surprises, and we’ll explore possible exploitations for the flaws that we find. 
  • Attacks and exploitations will help us uncover surprises, and we will talk about potential risks in technologies familiar to the group. 
  • We will design collections of tests that together show a range of triggered behaviours, and visualise their output to allow swift judgement and adjustment.

Exercises use custom built software to allow a positive exploration experience in a relatively abstract, game-like context. Other exercises use real-world software with live bugs. Some exercises will let us replay and scrutinise our interactions with the system under test.

The workshop gives us an opportunity to share and contrast testing approaches, and to illustrate our processes with the actions we took and the data we used. We’ll develop our insights by following each exercise with a conversation structured to help us recognise useful frameworks and to put those disciplines to use in the real world.

Participants are encouraged to record their methods, conclusions and insights, and to review their workbooks after the end of the workshop.

Who should attend

This tutorial will be of greatest use to test analysts and lead testers, but will also be immediately relevant to coders, especially those looking to enhance their skills in test design and problem diagnosis. People with one or more year’s hands-on experience of testing or building software will get most from this course.

Technical note

We will test software, and participants should bring their laptops to use and share. We use custom-built exercises that can be run without installing executables or library files, and laptops will need at a current browser with JavaScript enabled, and an up-to-date version of the flash player. 



James Lyndsay is an independent Test Strategist, based in London. He started testing in 1986, and has been the principal consultant at Workroom Productions since its formation in 1994. As a consultant, he's worked in a variety of businesses and project styles; banking, telecoms, retail, hand-helds and critical national infrastructure, from rapidly-evolving internet start-ups to more traditional large-scale enterprise. He's worked to technical requirements for companies that make and sell software, and to commercial requirements for companies that buy and use software. James has a keen interest in adaptive methods for software testing which motivate team members and tighten their alignment with business needs.


James has delivered in-house workshops at Nokia, Adobe, Google, Oracle and many more. He’s regularly invited to speak at international test conferences, delivering invited keynote talks or tutorials at STAREast, STARWest, AsiaSTAR, EuroSTAR, CAST, Let’s Test and others. He received "Best Paper" at STARWest 2002 and at EuroSTAR 2002 for "Adventures in Session-Based Testing" and at STAREast 2009 for “The Irrational Tester”. An active participant in the testing community, James spent five years as an internal irritant to the ISEB exam process and has taken part in peer workshops including WOPR, LAWST, WHET, WTST, ExTRS and AA-FTT. He is the convenor and facilitator of LEWT, the London Exploratory Workshop in Testing, and kicked off the regular conference interactive event “The TestLab”. James received the 2015 European Testing Excellence Award.

Do you have questions about Insights into Exploratory Testing (London Summer 2018)? Contact James Lyndsay, Workroom Productions

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EC1 London
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 09:00 - Thursday, 14 June 2018 at 17:30 (BST)

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James Lyndsay, Workroom Productions

James is the principal consultant at Workroom Productions, a small consultancy that helps people decide how to get the best out of their software testing work. James is based in London.

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