The Six Thinking Hats of Exploratory Testing

In this era of increased speed-to-market, where the focus is more on Lean and Agile, exploratory testing has become more significant than ever.  Testers frequently face the challenge of delivering results without having enough time to plan and design their tests.

Applying Edward de Bono’s lateral thinking technique of six thinking hats to exploratory testing, can work wonders and empower the testers by inspiring confidence in them with better test coverage.  The 6 Thinking Hats principle consists of 6 differently colored hats.  The associated idea of “parallel thinking”, is a great way for groups and individuals to plan the thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way.  When this is done, the ability to think together becomes more effective. It’s easy to learn, applicable to many situations, and can make you more productive, focused, and mindfully involved.