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So you are practising BDD; your team has a shared understanding of your user stories from the great scenarios you have written, you’ve fully automated all the scenarios to create an executable specification using your favourite test automation tool. With all that, do you really need testers on your team? Or should your testers learn to code to help with the test automation effort?
These are all popular topics of discussion for teams who have recently adopted BDD with many “manual” testers being removed from teams, but this can be a mistake. BDD is great at discovering requirements, your “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”, before development starts but complete information discovery cannot occur for all but the most trivial projects. This is where Exploratory Testing by skilled testers comes in, it continues the discovery process after development starts and structured correctly it can find issues not found by automation alone.
• How automation can give a false sense of security to teams
• What is Exploratory Testing and when to use it
• How Exploratory Testing continues BDD’s discovery process
• Incorporate Exploratory Testing into your development process using Session-Based Test Management
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Don't fire the testers
Alan is CEO and Co-founder of Hindsight Software, a start-up focused on supporting BDD in the Enterprise. Over the last 14 years Alan's passion has switched from just writing code to how we deliver high quality software systems as a team. He is a passionate believer in finding talented engineers and works with a “Do Tank” the New Engineering Foundation to influence the UK government and educational bodies on STEMs education.