The PDF file linked here is a transcript of a conversation over Skype, New Year’s Eve (December 31), 2010.
The conversation was prompted by a Twitter exchange on exploratory testing (ET) started by Andy Glover, who observed that “When developing scripts you need to explore. But this tends to be exploring with out the s/w so I would say it’s not ET.: I disagree; developing scripts is test design, and test design is certainly part of testing. Since the process of developing test scripts is an exploratory (unscripted) process, I would contend that script development is both exploratory and testing, and therefore exploratory testing. To get around Twitter’s limitations, I proposed an impromptu online chat. Anna Baik, Ajay Balamurugudas, Tony Bruce, Anne-Marie Charrett, Albert Gareev, Mohinder Kholsa, Michel Kraaij, and Erkan Yilmaz joined the conversation. Alas, Andy had other commitments and couldn’t be with us.