Pair testing : comparing Windows Exploratory Testing in pairs with testing alone Public Deposited

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  • Windows Exploratory Testing (WET) is examined to determine whether testers working in pairs produce higher quality results, are more productive, or exhibit greater confidence and job satisfaction than testers working alone. WET is a form of application testing where a tester (or testers) explores an unknown application to determine the application's purpose and main user, produce a list of functions (categorized as primary and contributing), write a test case outline, and capture a list of instabilities. The result of performing WET is a report that includes the above with a list of issues and questions raised by the tester. The experiment measured and compared the quality of these reports. Pair testing is a new field of study, one suggested by the success of pair programming, especially in the use of Extreme Programming (XP). In pair programming, two programmers work at a single workstation, with a single keyboard and mouse, performing a single programming task. Experimental and anecdotal evidence shows that programs written by pairs are of higher quality than programs written solo. This success suggests that pair testing might yield positive results. As a result of the experiment, we conclude that pair testing does not produce significantly higher quality results than solo testing. Nor are pairs more productive. Nonetheless, some areas are noted as deserving further study.
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