STARCANADA 2017 Concurrent Session : Jump Start Agile Testing with Acceptance Test Driven Development

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Jump Start Agile Testing with Acceptance Test Driven Development

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Does your agile team struggle to find the right level of detail prior to beginning development? You may be suffering from “chunky” user stories—those that are too large or insufficiently defined to implement or test efficiently. Acceptance test driven development (ATDD) can help you quickly slice those user stories down to a testable size and provide the necessary detail for your developers to begin coding. Join Susan Brockley as she discusses the difference between agile user stories and traditional requirements, and why both are necessary for effective testing. Through real-world examples, Susan shows you how to apply ATDD to quickly define acceptance criteria that can be coded and tested without the heavy documentation typically associated with traditional requirements. She gives tips on when to use ATDD, its relationship to test driven development, how both can enable simultaneous testing by all team members, and how you can incorporate ATDD into your company’s agile practices.
Susan Brockley
Independent Consultant

With more than twenty-six years of software engineering experience, Susan Brockley is passionate about quality assurance, testing, and requirements management. Susan spends most of her time consulting with teams about properly scoping work, completing requirements, and engaging the customer early in the development process. Although her credentials―software engineer, Certified Software Quality Analyst and Certified ScrumMaster―hang on the wall, Susan prefers to roll up her sleeves and coach teams on whatever they need for a successful software development and testing journey.