How to kick off an Exploratory run

Kicking off an Exploratory run:

To begin an Exploratory run, click the blue "New Exploratory Run" button in the top right of the Exploratory history page above the run history table. You will be brought to a form where you will enter your instructions for your Exploratory run.

Inputting Exploratory instructions

Step 1: Give your run a title

  • Giving your runs a run will help you keep track what areas of your application you have previously run Exploratory against

Step 2: Choose the primary objective for the run

  • The default objective of an Exploratory run will be bug-finding
  • An Exploratory run cannot be triggered if the user doesn't select one of these two goals
  • To use Exploratory for test-creation, please reach to your Rainforest CSM for details.

Step 3: Define a start URL

  • This is the URL at which our testers will begin testing from
  • You may provide multiple urls here to direct testers to the specific locations in your application where you want them to test

Step 4: Provide Authentication and Log-in credentials

  • If your testing site is gated, we require that you provide authentication credentials to allow testers to access the site to perform their testing
  • If you site is restricted by IP address, please let your Rainforest CSM know before hand so that we can collect the IP addresses of your tester team
  • If you would like our testers to log into your site as an end user, we ask that you provide a minimum of 4 test accounts for our testers to use for testing

Step 5: Specify Areas of Focus and run-specific instructions

  • In this field you will enter all instructions that are necessary to give testers context while testing
  • Instructions can be as high or low leveled as you want but should contain an appropriate amount of detail for the round.
  • Check out our Exploratory best practices for tips and tricks on how to dial in and focus your Exploratory testing instructions

Step 6: Specify Areas to Ignore

  • The last field in the Exploratory instruction form is meant to allow you to point out to testers areas of your app that should be avoided during this round
  • If there aren't areas you want the testers to explore, just say "No".

In the end, you should end up with a filled out form that looks something like this:

When you're ready, just click "Start Exploratory Run" at the button of the form and watch your results roll in.

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