Exploratory testing at a high level

Rainforest Exploratory is a free-form approach to QA where a team of Rainforest's exploratory testers dedicated to your account finds bugs and issues that may not be covered by functional regressions. You can expand your coverage for new features and user flows with the goal of uncovering unknown issues quickly and efficiently.

When you start using Exploratory, Rainforest recruits 4 testers who will be dedicated to your account. With each successive run, these testers will gain more context and insight into your application, helping us provide more value as you use the tool more.

Exploratory run in action

When you initiate an Exploratory run, each tester in your dedicated team will perform 4 hours of testing (within the next 48 hours) based on the instructions you provide. Since there are 4 testers involved, each run consists of 16 total hours of testing.

Results from the Exploratory run are delivered in the form of Rainforest test cases at the end of this 48-hour window. Test cases generated from an exploratory run will document the step-by-step workflow of how the tester uncovered the bug. These test cases will also include the tester's comments on what they expected to happen, what they actually encountered, and a video link of the tester recreating the bug in the test internal notes.

To learn how to start a new exploratory run, visit this article.

Example of an Exploratory Use Case

Explore Account Information

  • As a new user, go into the account profile settings and add information like your address, credit card, birthday. Please feel free to make up the following information, as we are not interested in the real values, but rather our site’s ability to save and store the information.
  • Please go through the entire change password flow, to confirm that an email with a change password link is sent, and is valid.
  • Make sure that after changing your password the account information you previously entered is still recorded and presented correctly.
  • Note any values that are presented incorrectly or any forms that are too difficult to find.

Click here to find out more about navigating the Exploratory interface.

Interested in trying out Exploratory testing for your application? Reach out to us through Intercom (blue chat icon) at the bottom right or at support@rainforestqa.com if you have any questions!

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