BDD Kickstart - 2 day BDD training

The next BDD Kickstart London will take place in early August. Click here for details.

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 will be led by Aslak Hellesøy, the creator of Cucumber and author of The Cucumber Book. A rare opportunity to learn about Cucumber and BDD from the creator himself. Jon Jagger, an experienced Agile coach and author will co-teach the course.

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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

Jon Jagger

Jon Jagger

Jon is a self-employed software consultant specialising in practice, process, TDD, and complex-adaptive systems-thinking. He's worked with Accenture, Aviva, Cisco, Ericsson, Friends Provident, HP, Microsoft, Ordnance Survey, RBS, Reuters, Renault F1, Schlumberger, Tandberg and many many more. He's 33 years old (hex) and loved software since 10 (decimal). Jon lives in Somerset in England and married to the beautiful Natalie and dad to Ellie, Penny and Patrick. He loves coarse fishing and salmon fishing. He's the ex ACCU conference chairman. He's had some C# books published. He's the co-author with Olve Maudal of the Deep C/C++ slide deck with over 1,000,000 views). He built to promote deliberate practice for software developers.

Jon can be found on Twitter, @JonJagger

CukenFest London - April 19th-20th

BDD Kickstart is one part of CukenFest London, our BDD and Agile conference taking place in April. Learn more about CukenFest here