Agile Specifications, BDD and Testing eXchange

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Friday, 27th November at The Skills Matter eXchange, London

7 experts. will be speaking. Starts at 9:30 AM.

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 two Park Bench sessions, so expect lots of interaction with the speakers and fellow community members interested in Agile Specification, BDD and Testing! To make sure the event will provide a real opportunity to share ideas, learn and discuss, we have limited the number of delegates to 150 people only, so if you would like to join us, register soon! There is also an Early Bird Discount of nearly 75% if you book on or before August 31st...

How to sell BDD to the business -

I don't care how you do it - I just want it better, faster and cheaper and I don't want you to keep bugging me...Software delivery shouldn't be a zero sum game where you have to choose between writing quality software, showing bottom line results and having fun. In this talk, Dan shares his experiences of introducing BDD and Agile principles to senior stakeholders and business executives.

Dan North

Dan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, which is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right" and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development and how people learn.

Lessons Learned Implementing Agile - From a Testing Perspective

Many teams have tried to implement agile software practices and failed. When you read about it, it sounds so easy. What happened? Janet Gregory, co-author of the Practical Agile Testing course, will share some of the lessons she has learned when working with teams that help agile teams be successful. She will talk about what to avoid, what is critical, and some basic practices that can make the difference between success and failure. One example of a critical practice is using the whole team approach, and what happens when your team keeps your test team separate.

Janet Gregory

An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests.

Challenge requirements

In this presentation, Gojko Adzic will try to convince you that the established models of gathering requirements in software projects are bad and present an alternative model that leads to much less rework, more consistent specifications with less functional gaps and ultimately happier customers.

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.

Parkbench Panel Discussion

After lunch we'll hold a ParkBench Panel discussion, to discuss ideas, things we learned, things we would like to hear more about. Ask your questions to the speakers of the morning expert talks or join the panel to express your opinion or share your experience!

Fractal BDD

In this talk, co-authored with Eric Willeke, Liz will explore how the higher-level principles behind BDD work consistently at every scale, from analysis through to code and deployment.

Elizabeth Keogh

Liz Keogh currently works as an independent Agile Coach and trainer based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave.

Narrative Acceptance Tests - A Behaviour Driven Approach

Acceptance Tests elaborate a user story & are essentially behaviour specifications, expressing examples of how the application will actually be used. These should represent customer-intent in terms the customer understands.

Andy Palmer

high-availability systems for the mobile telecommunications industry and as a coach with a prestigious Agile consultancy. As a passionate programmer he is continuously developing his craft, writing code in Java, Perl, Ruby as well as some more obscur

Antony Marcano

Antony Marcano has spent the better part of 20 years in technology and innovation. His experience includes delivering mobile apps, streaming media, telecommunications, e-commerce, web apps and more. With nearly 15 years experience of Agile methodologies (before they were called “Agile”), Antony now spends much of his time advising, coaching, consulting and guiding organisations in innovation, agility, lean values and culture, agile product development and agile software-development practices.

Two Sides to Every Story: Understanding the duality of agile quality

When considering quality assurance in agile environments, we are faced with many important dualities. In particular, functional vs non-functional views of quality. Remembering that testing is a measurement activity, and that agile success is about making educated and conscious trade-offs concerning scope, quality and time, our focus should move from asking 'what' to 'how well' when critiquing the acceptability of a product

David Evans

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.

ParkBench Panel Discussion

After a brief serving of Pizza & Drinks, we'll hold the second ParkBench Panel discussion of the conference, to discuss ideas, things we learned, things we would like to hear more about, things to take away after the conference. Ask your questions to the speakers of the afternoon's expert talks or join the panel to express your opinion or share your experience!

The Skills Matter eXchange

Located just a five minute walk from Barbican and Old Street Stations and a 15 minute walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations, the Skills Matter eXchange provides a great selection of event spaces with all the facilities you need for a vibrant, interactive and successful Tech Event.

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