What Is Adhoc Testing In Software Testing

In this article, we learn what is adhoc testing In Software Testing, its Types, and its advantages.

What Is Adhoc Testing In Software Testing?

Adhoc testing is an informal or unstructured software testing type that aims to break the testing process in order to find possible defects or errors at the early possible stage. Adhoc testing is done randomly and it is usually an unplanned activity that does not follow any documentation and test design techniques to create test cases.

Adhoc testing does not follow any structured way of testing and it is randomly done on any part of the application. The main aim of this testing is to find defects by random checking. Adhoc testing can be achieved with the Software testing technique called Error Guessing.

Types of Adhoc Testing In Software Testing

There are different types of Adhoc testing and they are listed below:

  1. Buddy Testing
  2. Pair Testing
  3. MonkeyTesting

1. Buddy Testing

Two buddies mutually work on identifying defects in the same module. Mostly one buddy will be from the development team and another person will be from the testing team. Buddy testing helps the testers develop better test cases and the development team can also make design changes early. This testing usually happens after Unit Testing completion.

2. Pair Testing

Two testers are assigned modules, share ideas and work on the same machines to find defects. One person can execute the tests and another person can take notes on the findings. The roles of the persons can be tester and scriber during testing.

3. Monkey Testing

Randomly test the product or application without test cases with the goal to break the system.

Comparison Between Buddy Testing and Pair Testing

Buddy testing is a combination of unit and System Testing together with developers and testers but Pair testing is done only with testers with different knowledge levels (Experienced and non-experienced to share their ideas and views).

Advantages of Adhoc Testing

The advantage of Ad-hoc testing is to check for the completeness of testing and find more defects than planned testing. The defect-catching test cases are added as additional test cases to the planned test cases.

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