Agile Specifications, BDD and Testing eXchange

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Friday, 27th November in London

7 experts spoke.


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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.

Daniel North

Daniel North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. With over thirty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology and business conferences worldwide.

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

Janet Gregory is an Agile testing coach and practitioner as well as co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in helping Agile teams add value in areas beyond critiquing the product, such as guiding development with business-facing tests. Her courses remain highly popular due to her engaging teaching style and passion for Agile development and testing processes.

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 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.

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.

Liz Keogh

Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant 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. She specializes in helping people use examples and stories to communicate, build, test and deliver value, particularly when faced with high risk and uncertainty. Liz's work covers topics as diverse as story-writing, haiku poetry, Cynefin and complexity thinking, effective personal feedback and OO development, and she has a particular love of people, language, and choices. She has a strong technical background with over 20 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organizational transformations, and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.

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 is co-founder of RiverGlide, a coaching, consultancy and training firm helping teams and organisations innovate with agility. He has been in software development for nearly 25 years, almost 20 of which have been either working in teams or guiding them and the organisations around them, as they aspire to greater agility. Antony is as much a practitioner as he is coach, consultant and trainer in topics from writing communicative, maintainable code to User Stories & BDD to effective team models, approaching change and Kent Beck's emerging 3X framework.

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!


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