Don't call it exploratory testing (if it's not exploratory testing)

Well, this is a bit of a rant - but seriously.

I don’t like people calling an activity exploratory testing when it’s actually ad hoc testing.

Get it right.

I think using the term “exploratory testing” loosely - takes away from the value that actual exploratory testing can add to a project.

Below are a few questions to ask yourself, to see if you are actually doing exploratory testing (or if it’s in fact ad hoc testing)

Updated: I have updated this blog post to help explain the difference between ad hoc testing and exploratory testing by posing a few questions