A world-class BDD training for devs, testers, and the business.
BDD Kickstart is a two-day training in the fundamentals of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber. Thousands of agile teams are benefiting from clearer understanding and greater collaboration between business and IT that BDD brings.
By the end of this course you will acquire the fundamental technical and non-technical skills required to confidently practise BDD.
This course is based on proven and practical techniques, which we've taught to hundreds of ambitious teams around the world.
Both days are led by Ed Snodgrass and Matt Wynne. Ed is an experienced software developer and coach, specializing in helping teams effectively collaborate. Matt is an accomplished trainer, coach and co-author of The Cucumber Book and co-founder of Cucumber Ltd.
Day 1 - BDD Fundamentals
The first day is applicable to "the whole team". (BAs, product owners, domain experts, UX designers, developers, testers, and any other important stakeholders).
Day 1 will give a thorough introduction to BDD, which is the process that Cucumber supports. There is no automation on this day; the focus is on analysis and collaboration techniques.
We’ll teach you Example Mapping - a powerful technique we have developed to help business, IT and QA break requirements down into concrete examples. This exposes misunderstandings early and will help you write better executable specifications and automated tests later.
The fundamental principles and practices of BDD
The importance of Rules and Examples
Translating examples into Gherkin - Cucumber’s format for executable specifications
Conversation patterns for discovering edge cases
The importance of a ubiquitous language for problems and solutions
Using Example Mapping and Discovery Workshops to achieve a shared understanding
Roles and responsibilities on a BDD team
Day 2 - BDD with Cucumber
This day is a solid introduction to test-driven development (TDD) with Cucumber. You will learn to write executable specifications with Gherkin - Cucumber’s plain-text format for automated tests. You will also learn how to use Cucumber to drive the development of a system, and see the design of the system gradually emerge. You’ll end up with a system that does the right thing, and is easy to test.
This day is designed for developers and testers, non-technical people are welcome, but they may find things start to get beyond their comfort zone.
Installing Cucumber and setting up your development environment
The TDD / BDD cycle
Writing your first scenario
Writing step definitions
Using parameters in step definitions
Techniques to keep your test code clean
Backgrounds, Tags, Tables, Scenario Outlines and other Gherkin tricks
Domain modelling by Example
Costs & benefits of working test-first
Delegates will benefit from
Increased confidence, due to extensive practical exercises
Deeper understanding, through guided discussions
Smoother collaboration, by building an understanding of how BDD practices can best be incorporated into their own development process
Improved productivity, from experiencing and overcoming common obstacles before returning to the workplace
Training Location and Times
Both days will be held in the SmartBear offices on 450 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145.
The training facility is a 15-minute drive from Logan Airport or downtown Boston and is easily accessible on public transport.
Full directions and car parking can be found here.
Supporting more than six million software professionals and over 22,000 companies in 194 countries, SmartBear is the leader in software quality tools for teams. The company’s products help deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible while helping teams ship code at nearly impossible velocities. With products for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, SmartBear equips every development, testing and operations team member with the tools to ensure quality at every stage of the software cycle. For more information, visit: smartbear.com, or for the SmartBear community, go to LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
Each day will start at 9 AM and finish at 4.30 PM. There will be a happy hour at the end of the first day.