Not fixing scope too far in the future is one of the cornerstones of agile delivery, but it is at the same time the thing that enterprise stakeholders fear the most. Ironically, being able to change decisions after delivery starts is one of the biggest benefits that companies can get from agile delivery, so it's necessary to stop worrying and embrace flexible scope to get the full benefits of an iterative process.
Christian started his IT career in 1990 as a freelance programmer. In 1997 he joined TechTalk as a managing partner, which grew over the years to a 60+ people boutique consultancy, specializing on agile coaching and delivery.
Gojko is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP. He is the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko's book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the Best Book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best outline publication in 2010. Gojko is a frequent speaker at software development conferences, including NDC, Agile Days, Oredev, and YOW!, and is one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js.
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
- what makes Testers tick?
- how Testers use their skills to help deliver
- Implicit knowledge of the Tester.
We will help each other question ourselves (and others) to help realise how much value we can bring, what that value is, and how we do it.
Adrian is a QA Analyst for the award-winning LMAX Exchange, the revolutionary venue for FX trading. Based in London, LMAX Exchange is authorised and regulated by the FSA in the UK. LMAX Exchange operates an MTF* (Multilateral Trading Facility), with
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.
User Stories are a widely adopted technique for agile teams. But opinion is divided on the value and usefulness of Stories. Are they a godsend for quality? A convenient and precise shorthand? Waterfall requirements in agile clothes? A necessary evil? A pernicious cancer infecting team creativity and product owner freedom?
Are stories really the key ingredient that allows an agile team to get valuable stuff done and tested faster, or are they just a placebo, providing reassurance that at least we "sound agile"?
Should we stick to the standard template? How do we ensure we don't lose sight of the big picture? Is it OK to have technical stories? Should we use cards or a system?
Brindusa is a passionate agile consultant and coach. She works with ambitious companies across Europe to facilitate the kind of organizational change that has great impact on the individuals and the bottom line.
David Evans is an independent agile consultant, coach and trainer. He is an evangelist on agile testing, TDD, BDD and Specification by Example, and is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars.
BDD was designed to improve communication between the people specifying the business requirement and those implementing it. But does it solve the problem of what to build? Does it make the upstream process of specification easier or harder?
TThis program came about as a result of some late night conversations at #Agile2013 in Nashville. This on-line discussion will be another part in that ongoing conversation involving some of the original participants. These are
Chris Matts (@papachrismatts) will act as moderator as he will be located in London. He has been a business analyst for twenty years, an agilist for ten years and an author (www.commitment-thebook.com) for a year. He wrote all the bios and promises to be a fair and generous moderator.
Chris Matts has over 10 years of experience in investment banking including strategy work as a practitioner rather than as a consultant. His specialist areas are real options, IT risk management, business value and agile analysis. He has been working in exotic credit derivatives for the past few years.
The talk will explore how using lean principles with a laser focus on maximising opportunities for feedback (MOFF) rather than on a minimal viable product (MVP) a team can accelerate delivery and respond quickly to constantly changing market pressures.
Jenny, Chris & Pete will talk through how the business was placed at the heart of the project through the use of techniques such as Impact Mapping and Specification by Example and how they were able to maximise business input by placing a strong focus on the objectives and value demonstrated during the showcase (feedback opportunity)
With aspirations of high value, business facing, executable specifications the team also explored some options to integrate their living documentation system (confluence) with cucumber more comprehensively than current offerings and would like to share the outcome with you.
Chris Priest has been working in & around .NET for the last 15 years in a career that has spanned financial institutions, small startups, and worldwide e-commerce platforms. On a day-to-day basis, he is a hands-on Technical Lead / Architect at cloud consultancy Amido.
Jenny is an independent trainer, facilitator and coach in collaborative software development techniques and team development, specialising in leadership, accelerated Agile delivery and public speaking.
Pete is CTO at Railsbank - enabling fintech companies to access global banking with 5 lines of code, and driving the costs out of finance infrastructure so finance can be more inclusive and less abusive.
We're interested in what the appropriate level of testing is, so we'll definitely be visiting the testing pyramid. We also have some ideas about the importance of readability, which has been the subject of some of our recent blog posts, so I expect we'll also tackle the testing iceberg. Along the way we might talk about second hand cars, recruitment consultants and/or Scrum certification. Trust us - it'll be fun.
Matt is the author of The Cucumber Book, and in 2013 he cofounded Cucumber Limited with Aslak Hellesøy and Julien Biezemans. Their company was acquired by SmartBear in 2019 and he now works as a BDD Advocate with a mission to maximise the adoption of BDD practices in the software industry.
Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst and developer for over 30 years.
Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from Architecture to Support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a partner in Cucumber Limited, who help teams adopt and refine their agile practices, with a particular focus on collaboration and automated testing.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Flexible Scope
Featuring Gojko Adzic and Christian Hassa
Join Christian Hassa and Gojko Adzic to discuss how to convince people to embrace flexible scope, not only for startup environments but for big enterprise projects as well.agile bdd delivery iterative bddx #bddx
Whose truth is it anyway.
Featuring Matt Wynne and Seb Rose
Matt and Seb will talk about trust between participants in the game we call software development - why it's important, how hard it is to build and how easy it is to lose. Without trust how can the team agree on the truth of what we're setting out to build?bdd readability bddx
What do Testers do?
Featuring Tony Bruce and Adrian Rapan
In this session we will 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!bdd agile bddx tester testing
Two Sides of the Story
Featuring David Evans and Brindusa Axon
In this talk, David and Bri will debate the pros and cons of using stories and discuss practices and techniques for improving them. We are going to tackle concerns that trouble many agile teams, such as: What is the right level of detail for specifying user stories?bdd waterfall user-stories agile bddx
BDD & The Business Analysts
Featuring Chris Matts
The Agile Alliance recently created a program that explores the role of business analysis and product management within Agile; this on-line discussion will be another part in that ongoing conversation involving some of the original participants.bdd product-management bddx agile
Successful Collaboration and MOFF - Applied
Featuring Chris Priest, Jenny Martin and Pete Buckney
In this talk Jenny Martin, Chris Priest and Pete Buckney (The Sparkle Team) share their experience on a government-funded R&D retail project with Sparkle CS and their application of BDD and agile testing techniques.bdd bddx mapping cucumber
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2017
Two days in London
Do you want to know what the future holds for Agile Testing, or how BDD can help you to improve the build quality of your delivery teams from the start? Are you looking to meet up with the best in BDD and the experts of agile methodologies as well as like-minded individuals with a passion in...agile bdd bddx testing qa
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2016
Two days in London
Do you want to know what the future holds for Agile Testing, or how BDD can help you to improve the build quality of your delivery teams from the start? Are you looking to meet up with the best in BDD and the experts of agile methodologies as well as like-minded individuals with a passion in...agile bddx agile-testing bdd agility portfolio test-automation atdd tdd quality testing qa
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2015
Two days in London
Do you want to know what the future holds for Agile Testing, or how BDD can help you to improve the build quality of your delivery teams from the start? Are you looking to meet up with the best in BDD and the architects of agile methodologies as well as like-minded individuals with a passion in...agile bddx agile-testing bdd agility portfolio test-automation
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2014
Two days in London
Do you want your systems to be the best they can be? Want to know how BDD helps delivery teams build quality in right from the start? Interested in meeting leading experts like Jeff Patton to learn about their latest ideas and their vision for the future?bdd tdd agile testing acceptance-testing agile-testing
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange NYC 2013
One day in New York City
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...agile testing bdd atdd tdd acceptance-testing bddxnyc
Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2012
One day in London
Join us for the next Agile Testing & BDD eXchange on November 23 2012. Be part of an intensive day of deep technical insight and friendly discussion to learn, adopt and share new innovative ideas, tools and practices for enterprise software development.
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Agile Testing & BDD eXchange 2011
One day in London
Join us for 2011's Agile Testing & BDD eXchange and be part of an informal day of deep technical insight and friendly discussion to learn, adopt and share new innovative ideas, tools and practices for enterprise software development.agile bdd testing
Agile Specifications, BDD and Testing eXchange
One day in London
Following the enthusiastic response to our Agile Testing and BDD community events and courses during the last 10 months, Skills Matter is proud to organise the first, annual Agile Specification, BDD and Testing eXchange.
We are currently working on the programme, which will consist of 6 talks and...bdd testing