BDD Kickstart - 2 day BDD training

It's been a few years since our last public course on the West Coast and we're returning to deliver our flagship Behaviour-Driven Development training, BDD Kickstart. You will gain a fundamental 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. 92% of attendees score the class 4/5 or 5/5.

If you are considering implementing Behaviour-Driven Development practices into your team, this is the ideal course for you.

Both days are led by Seb Rose, an accomplished trainer, coaching and author of The Cucumber Book for Java and Discovery. He will be joined by Sam Hatoum, an experienced Agile and BDD trainer and coach, founder of

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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


Seb Rose

Seb Rose

Seb is a software developer, trainer and coach. He specialises in working with teams adopting and refining their agile practices, with a particular focus on delivering software through the use of examples using BDD and TDD. Seb is the co-author of The Cucumber for Java Book together with Matt and Aslak. He has worked with many well-known companies, such as Amazon, IBM, NCR, HBOS, Standard Life and Aegon. Seb is a partner of Cucumber Ltd.

Seb can be found on Twitter, @sebrose

Sam Hatoum

Sam is a software delivery consultant with over 14 years of experience. He has helped organizations such as the BBC and Audi of America speed up their delivery and improve quality through culture, process and tooling changes.

He draws his methods from his experience in Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking and industry best practices, and focuses them on making the most impactful changes that an organization needs.

Sam is an active open source contributor. He is the author of Chimp.js, a modern acceptance testing framework, and is also the author of The Meteor Testing Manual.

Sam can be found on Twitter, @sam_hatoum

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