Agile Testing & BDD eXchange NYC 2013

Topics covered at #BDDXNYC

Friday, 20th September at DUMBO Loft, New York City

7 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 4:00 AM.

Would you like to spend a day learning the latest ideas, tools, and best practices in Agile Testing, Behaviour Driven Development, and Test Driven Development? Like to learn how to have meaningful conversations with stakeholders and get useful feedback that will help you write better, more powerful software that deliver what the business needs, when it needs it?

The Agile Testing & BDD eXchange NYC 2014 is now scheduled!

If you'd like to join us and 200+ other developers passionate about Agile and BDD, get your ticket today for just $75! Agile Testing & BDD eXchange NYC 2013

Join the world's top experts on Agile Testing, Specification by example and Behavior-Driven Development for a day or learning how these practices can bridge the communication gap between stakeholders and delivery, improve productivity, drastically reduce time to market of business critical features and have lots more fun in the process!

Agile specifications and testing put collaboration and discussion in the centre, and that's what we're doing with this conference as well. Indeed, Behavior-driven development (BDD) is all about having meaningful conversations and feedback, so we've created lots of opportunities to do just that, with a 15 minute break after each talk and, at the end of the day, you'll be asked to participate in a facilitated discussion with some of the world's thought leaders on this subject.

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Bond Villain Guide to Software Testing

Would you like to learn how to make your software testing practices more effective? And how to use your testing strategy to better capture and reflect customer requirements? Gojko Adzic takes a critical look at the effectiveness of current software testing practices and proposes strategies to make it much more effective.

Gojko an gives his keynote talk at , the annual conference for passionate product owners, architects, developers and testers who want to learn agile techniques to capture, deliver and test business requirements for the systems they engineer.

Gojko Adzic

Gojko has helped numerous teams implement best specification-by-example practices, written two books on the subject and contributed to several open source projects. He frequently speaks at leading industry conferences.

What do Testers do?

Join Tony Bruce as we question ourselves (and others) to help realise how much value we can bring, what that value is, and how we do it.The idea is to help people realise testing is certainly not breaking stuff - or at least, it shouldn't be. Maybe it is! Come find out!

This is an interactive session, with the room directing what topics we discuss. Some areas we could cover include:

  • Psychology of the Tester
  • Interactions with peers
  • Value brought to the business
  • Tools
  • Skills
  • What makes Testers tick
  • How Testers use their skills to help deliver
  • Implicit knowledge of the Tester.
Tony Bruce

Tony Bruce is a professional, experienced, constantly learning, coaching and teaching agile team member who specialises in Testing. He has worked in various industries with organisations such as Channel 4, Ernst & Young, LMAX and The Children’s Society.

Six impossible things before breakfast

Would you like to learn how Bank of America transformed its organization from a culture of command and control, to one where empowerment and learning rules? How a group of former managers reinvented their roles to servants, rather than masters? How other managers were compelled to move out their corner offices to join delivery teams?

Recently I’ve been seeing lots of things that don’t happen in real life. A Managing Director at Bank of America abandoning decades of organizational “best practices” and recreating his organization by letting people organize their own teams, and, if that weren’t unusual enough, the teams choose their own coach. This is, of course, impossible.

A group of former managers reinventing their role as servants rather than masters. This too, is impossible.

Other managers who had been working at the bank for over twenty years abandoning their lofty titles and moving out of their corner offices to join software delivery teams. This clearly is impossible.

The final straw was seeing a Java developer happily learning COBOL from a mainframe programmer. This, at the very least, is rather improbable. Come and hear what else has been happening before breakfast. It's all mad as a hatter.

This is a talk on how to transform an organization from a culture of command and control, to one where empowerment and learning rules.

Gordon Weir

Gordon is an expert in large scale agile and lean organizational change, currently heading up a technology department at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York.

Tarantino of BDD

Want to learn how to avoid unmaintainable code, brittle tests (and frustration)? Like to understand how to capture conversations with stakeholders without the tools you use interfering with this goal? And learn about a pattern that could enable looser coupling between steps, cleaner step definition code, happiness and much more? Read on!

There are many patterns on the internet about how to implement feature files. There are even many blog posts that teach us how to improve the style of our scenarios by raising the level of abstraction. Even when following those practices, we often end up with unmaintainable code, brittle tests and frustration. We are going to explore another step towards a state where the tool doesn't interfere with capturing the conversations by constraining the language we use. We'll learn about a pattern that could enable looser coupling between steps, cleaner step definition code, happiness and many more.

Marton Meszaros

Software development professional with over 11 years of experience in web development and extensive knowledge of code design/testing patterns, agile programming/project management methodologies.

Why unit test, and where?! - Getting the Testing Balance right

Getting the Testing Balance right, It sounds like a no-brainer, right? Everyone has unit testing nailed, umm, right…? In this talk, Russ Miles of Simplicity Itself takes things back to basics to examine why many still do not unit test and, even worse, use unit testing in extremely unproductive ways.

Diving through a brief litany of woe around his experiences in unit testing, Russ will then share the tools, techniques and hard-earned lessons he applies to write, communicate and organise his unit tests to make them as useful as possible to the future of the application.

Russ Miles

"An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler; through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore” – Edward de Bono, “Simplicity”, 1998

Using ATDD to Build Customers That Care

In this engaging experience report, we will present 3 different views – Developer, Tester, Business Analyst – of implementing Acceptance Test Driven Development in a complex, data-driven domain.

Hear how we used ATDD for building a ubiquitous language across the entire team, promoting faster feedback, and cultivating a culture where product owners were deeply invested in the quality of both every deliverable and the system as a whole

Jeffrey Davidson

Jeffrey is at the forefront of change with a career spanning more than 2 decades helping organizations hone their business processes by improving their business analysis and product management practices.

Lav Pathak & Sam Hotop

Lav Pathak is a passionate software developer with experience delivering high quality applications. A technologist with an appetite for destruction, Sam has made a career of seeking out and eliminating weaknesses in software.

#bddxnyc Park bench Panel Discussion

Whilst enjoying some pizza & drinks, we'll hold the #BDDxNYC ParkBench Panel discussion, which will focus on any topic you like to discuss. You will be able to ask your questions to all #BDDxNYC speakers, and are also actively encouraged to join the panel and express your opinion or share your experience.

Park Bench Panel Discussion – The concept

A Park Bench Panel discussion has in common with a normal panel discussion that it provides a good way for experts to spend some time answering direct questions from the audience. The audience gets to know the experts in a way that is only possible in person and the expert gets a little more exposure to the questions among the audience.

A Park Bench Panel discussion provides something more.

During a Park Bench Panel Discussion, everyone in the audience can join the panel.

Four chairs are provided for each Park Bench Panel Discussion. At the start of the discussion, three chairs are taken by the three expert speakers of the last few hours. One chair is left open. The Park Bench Panel Discussion Leader will introduce some basic rules for the session. The first rule is that anyone in the audience can join the panel, taking the empty chair available. As soon as the empty chair is taken by someone in the audience, one of the current complement of panelists will have to vacate their chair so that there is always exactly one empty chair.

You can ask questions, whilst remaining seated in the audience, but anyone who wishes to express an opinion, will have to stand up, join the panel, by taking the empty chair. The Park Bench Panel Discussion Leader will ensure people adopt the method and that no one on the panel overstays their due time. Anyone is welcome to rejoin the panel should they find renewed interest in the conversation.

Gojko Adzic

Gojko has helped numerous teams implement best specification-by-example practices, written two books on the subject and contributed to several open source projects. He frequently speaks at leading industry conferences.


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