I’m pretty sure you have heard things about Exploratory Testing, you have most probably heard about how awesome it is. (Yes! This is the secret weapon!) And you may think you know it ALL. You are doing it, your team is doing it, so all should be good, according to the big book of plans you are all covered.
When you say or hear that someone was finding bugs by “just clicking around and found these issues, I did some exploratory testing“, then you can be as certain as death and taxes that it was not exploratory testing.
When you hear from the scrum master/whoever that “let’s do some exploratory testing before the live release just to make sure that everything is fine“, then you can be certain that they have no idea what they are talking about.
So what’s the point of Exploratory Testing? WHY is it great?
There is a psychological background. Let me explain.