Exploratory Testing Week - Challenge 1 - Shifting Left

Challenge 1: Shifting Left

This challenge is one of the Exploratory testing week challenges that get you thinking about and practising Exploratory testing. Our challenges offer activities for you to learn new skills and knowledge as well as practise Exploratory testing. Whether you are just starting out in Exploratory testing or looking to try out something new. We have the challenge for you.


This challenge is called ‘Shift Left’ but what does that actually mean? From a practical perspective, it means we can expand our testing beyond just the product, and get involved with testing ideas, requirements, diagrams and discussions prior to the product being built. We can also use critical thinking to help catch issues early in development, dispelling assumptions and helping our team develop a shared understanding and improving the quality of the product. This activity is all about getting into that shift left mindset by using our exploratory testing skills to explore ideas and requirements.


This challenge gets you using exploratory testing skills on more abstract artefacts. Such as requirements, diagrams and ideas.


For this challenge we would like you to:

  1. Download one of the attached User stories for this challenge
  2. Read through the User story and support information
  3. Write down a list of different questions you would ask to learn more about the User story

Some tips:

  1. Consider using techniques like 5 W’s and an H to come up with questions
  2. Pick a note taking tool that you like using to capture your questions
  3. Help one another out by sharing questioning techniques and tools in this Club thread

User stories:
Exploratory Testing Week - User Story 2.pdf (55.3 KB)
Exploratory Testing Week - User Story 1.pdf (55.4 KB)

Share your experience report

Did you manage to complete the challenge? Share your journey to solving the challenge and what you’ve learnt in an experience report session during Exploratory Testing Week.

What we need from you?

All we need is up to 30 minutes of your time for a demo of your solution and a chat with our host, answering questions on what you learnt. Not only will you help your peers within the community, but we’ll pay you £100 for your time! We will be focusing on this challenge on Monday, the 26th of April, from 5:00 pm (UK Time), so you will need to be available around this time.

Deadline to submit

If you want to get involved all you need to do is complete our form sharing which challenge you took and what you would like to share. The deadline for submitting an experience report is 16th April.

Submit here


Could you please indicate from where to download the User Stories?


Oops forgot to add them. You can now find the PDFs on the original post.


Hi all,

I decided to create my own diagram in metro retro which I used to explore the requirements and identify what I know and don’t know. I was inspired by the ‘tip of the iceberg’ analogy, there is often much more that we don’t understand than do understand.

I’d like to invite people to check out my diagram, and add your own ideas and questions after reviewing the user stories. You’re also free to comment on existing post-its.

The post-its that new users add to the board are often hidden by default. If you do add any notes, please remember to share them (there is a button at the bottom of the page that allows you to hide and show the post-its you’ve added).

Metro Link


I’ve not used metro retro before, when I click on this after I’ve created an account I don’t see your notes. Again new to Metro Retro

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So sorry about that. For some reason, when the link is formatted it is changed to the standard metro retro page. I’ve updated it, and it should work now. Can’t wait to see your ideas.

Thanks, Good example and way to consider asking these questions. Thanks for the help. You’ve done this before :slight_smile:

Interesting exercise. I chose User story 1. Done with submission!

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