An Exploratory Tester’s
I’m Michael Bolton
Not the singer.
Not the guy
in Office Space.
Who I Am
(not the singer, not the guy in Office Space)
DevelopSense, Toronto, Canada
+1 (416) 992-8378
I help solve testing problems
that other people can’t solve.
• James Bach
• some material in this presentation is taken from
our Rapid Software Testing course
• Cem Kaner
• Jon Bach
• who introduced me to the Moleskine notebook
and who, with James, created and documented
session-based test management—and provides
exemplary session notes
This Presentation Is Under
• For updated notes AND a more
formal paper on notebooks:
The First Law of Documentation
“That should be documented.”
“That should be documented
if and when and how it serves our purposes.”
Who will read it? Will they understand it?
Is there a better way to communicate that information?
What does documentation cost you?
Documentation: Product or Tool?
Notebooks: A Personal View
• Over the last I’ve been keeping a set of
• This is an experience report on how one
exploratory tester and consultant (me) has
• This is a context-driven talk; this is not a
My Introduction to the Moleskine
I’ve kept documents (mostly for school or work) all my life
• ASCII text files
• Word documents
In January 2004, I noticed Jon Bach’s Moleskine notebook
• In January 2005, James Bach suggested I get one. I did.
It turns out there’s a something of a cult…
So What’s the Big Deal?
• Several form factors
• smaller notebook (pocket size)
• reporter style