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We've been developing and teaching this training course for more than 5 years, incorporating our experiences as practitioners, coaches, and trainers. Attend our public training course to learn the fundamentals of Behaviour-Driven Development so you can deliver higher-quality software.

You will be taught by the creator of Cucumber, Aslak Hellesøy. Aslak is also the author of The Cucumber Book and co-founder of Cucumber Ltd. Aslak will be joined by Ed Snodgrass, an experienced software developer and coach.

BDD Kickstart - 2 day BDD training

By the end of our BDD Kickstart training you will have a strong understanding of the techniques and tools associated with BDD and be able to explain the benefits to your colleagues.

This course is based on proven and practical techniques, which we've taught to hundreds of ambitious teams around the world. If you are considering implementing Behaviour-Driven Development practices into your team, this is the ideal course for you.

Download our BDD Benefits PDF to learn more about how BDD can impact your business.


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 Behaviour-Driven Development, 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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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 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.

Learning outcomes

  • 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


Aslak Hellesøy

Aslak Hellesøy

Aslak is the creator of Cucumber. He co-wrote The Cucumber Book, Behaviour-Driven Development for Developers and Testers with Matt Wynne. During his career Aslak has worked with both small and large organisations in several industries such as telecom, trading, banking, retail, insurance, car manufacturing, education and government. Aslak is a co-founder of Cucumber Ltd, the company behind Cucumber.

Aslak can be found on Twitter, @aslak_hellesoy

Ed Snodgrass

Ed Snodgrass

Ed is a Senior Software Engineer at Proxibid, Inc. During his 13 years of experience he has built applications in the DoD space as well as in the public sector. Ed is an advocate of professional development, Agile principles, and XP practices. He recently has become excited about BDD and enjoys bridging the gaps between product folks, testers, and developers.

Training Location + Times

Both days will be held in the 8th Light offices on 25 E Washington St #509, Chicago, IL 60602.

Each day will start at 9 AM and finish at 4.30 PM.

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