Creation of a test charter within the explorative test? How should it be structured?



  • According to istqb foundation level, a test charter is the following:

    "An instruction of test objectives and possible test ideas on how to test. Test charters are often used in explorative testing. See also explorative testing".

    But the question I ask myself is, how should a test charter be built at all?

    Which points result from the explorative test ?

    Can the decision on the charter also take place during the test? Or should the charter only be defined before the explorative test?



  • A test charter is the basic documentation of a test session. Among others, its basic goals are to be used in during a debriefing conversation, where the tester communicates to someone his/hers discoveries and concerns, and to serve as input to future sessions.

    Considering that, the charter structure itself is not something set on stone. It's your responsibility to structure it in the best way for your reporting.

    You can find some examples that may inspire you to create a format to your context here and here.

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