Exploration has four activities: enquiring, modelling, predicting and challenging. Testing has six activities: informing, applying, interpreting, logging, reporting and refining.
Separating out these ten activities clarifies what we need to think about as testers. It identifies the capabilities and skills that both developers and tester need to acquire, to practice and excel in.
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Paul Gerrard is a consultant, teacher, author, webmaster, programmer, tester, conference speaker, rowing coach and publisher. He has conducted consulting assignments in all aspects of software testing and quality assurance, specialising in test assurance. He has presented keynote talks and tutorials at testing conferences across Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and occasionally won awards for them.