BDD Kickstart - 2 day BDD training

This training course is now sold-out. Our next European course will take place in April 2018 as a part of CukenFest London. Learn more here.

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 begin.

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 Aslak Hellesøy, the creator of Cucumber and author of The Cucumber Book and Joe Wright, an experienced BDD and agile consultant.

Discover how BDD can help your organisation by downloading our BDD Benefits PDF.


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.

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

Joe Wright

Joe Wright

Joe Wright is a tech lead who specialises in helping legacy teams with monolithic codebases. He targets the culture of teams, removing anything that they fear while improving their technical capabilities.

Joe is an ex-ThoughtWorker, organiser of the CodeCraft conference and the Nevergreen open source project.

Joe can be found on Twitter, @joe_jag

Location + Timings

We will host the training at the ustwo offices in Shoreditch, London on 62 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ, UK. The venue is a 35-45 minute journey from London's major airport. The nearest tube station is Liverpool Street and is also a few moments walk from Shoreditch High Street overground.

We will open doors at 9 AM and you'll have a chance to grab a coffee before we begin. Each day will finish around 4 PM with 45 mins - hour lunch.

Shoreditch is well catered for in terms of accommodation. On the lower-end there is a Holiday Inn near Old Street station or within a stones throw are Citizen M or the Ace Hotel.