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.

Both days are led by Hamish Tedeschi, an accomplished BDD practitoner and coach and CEO of Mechancial Rock. 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


Hamish Tedeschi

Hamish Tedeschi

Hamish Tedschi is an accomplished BDD practitoner, coach and CEO of Mechanical Rock. He can be found on Twitter

Training Location + Times

Each day will start at 9 AM and finish at 4 PM.

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