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Advanced Agile Requirements Practices Workshop

New Testing and TDD Workshop 

Deliver applications that make a difference

Learn how your team can deliver valuable features faster and more efficiently, using Advanced Agile and Lean Practices to build a better synergy between BAs, developers, and testers. The results are faster delivery, higher quality products, more accurate reporting, satisfied users and lower maintenance costs.

Help your team gain a competitive edge in this intensive one-day workshop.

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) is an approach than helps teams focus on defining and delivering features with demonstrable business value. Teams using BDD think about requirements in terms of “executable specifications", a much more precise and collaborative approach to requirements analysis than more traditional methods.

But BDD is more than just a development technique: in fact, it introduces a whole new dynamic to interactions between team members and stakeholders, a dynamic that increases communication, improves productivity and reduces waste. Through ongoing conversations between business stakeholders and team members, the team discovers and explores the business goals, capabilities and features that the stakeholders need. They then propose technical solutions to deliver these capabilities, using concrete examples and counter-examples to explore and understand these features more fully. The automated tests that validate these solutions provide accurate real-time reporting about project progress, and go on to provide "living technical documentation" about the product.

This one-day workshop is an intensive introduction to fundamental BDD practices, a vital skill for anyone involved in software development today. It is run as a public course, but can also be delivered as a tailored, on-site workshop. It is aimed at cross-functional teams from all horizons, and will be equally useful to product owners, BAs, testers and developers.

The workshop is focused on assimilating the fundamental principles behind BDD. As well as getting a solid understanding of the theory of BDD, students will be able to put this theory into practice, with students will be divided into multi-functional teams, to simulate the real-world application of these principles. The labs themselves will involve using BDD to collaboratively solve practical exercises, and require no technical or programming skills.

The topics covered during the workshop will include:

  • Principles of Agile Requirements Gathering
  • From Business Value to Features
  • Using Feature Injection to discover features and stories
  • The art of writing Executable Specifications
  • Defining good acceptance criteria
  • Principles of incremental design and agile architecture
  • Real Options and Deliberate Discovery
  • Discovering and implementing features
  • Reporting on progress and status
  • Functional Coverage - mapping acceptance tests to requirements
  • Overview of BDD tools for different technologies
  • Demonstration of real-world BDD practices and tools

To ensure an optimal learning experiences, class sizes are limited. Book early!

John Ferguson Smart is a leading international expert in the domain of behaviour driven development, automated testing and software life cycle development optimization. John is a renown speaker at international conferences and events. John is the author of BDD In Action, “Jenkins: The Definitive Guide”, and “Java Power Tools”. John is also the founder and lead developer of the Thucydides project, a new open source library that helps teams organize and implement more effective automated acceptance tests.

This workshop focuses on understanding the core concepts behind BDD, and needs no technical or programming knowledge at all. BDD automation tools will be demonstrated, but all of the exercises are paper and white-board based. The course is suitable for the whole team, including Product Owners, Project Managers, and so on:

  • Business Analysts
  • Testers
  • Project Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Developers

This is above all a practical, hands-on workshop. We believe that the best way to learn BDD and TDD is by doing. So the course contains approximately 60-70% lab work. The lab work will involve using BDD to collaboratively discover and specify the requirements for a real-world application.

The course is fully catered, with a tasty lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks.

We also frequently run this workshop as a tailored on-site session adapted to your specific environment and requirements. Many clients prefer the flexibility of these on-site sessions. For more information, please contact us.

Since 2007, over a thousand students have benefited from John's on-site and public workshops. Here is what some students have been saying about John's workshops:
  • "Best development course I have been on in a very long time. Will seriously improve our development/build/test lifecycle." - Neil, Software Developer
  • "One of the best and most useful courses I have attended. And they didn't even try to sell me anything!" - Jonathan, Developer
  • "Greatly enjoyed the course. Provided many useful insights on how to introduce improved ways of working and how to incorporate new technology with new and 'legacy' projects." - Derek, Technical Team Leader
  • "Probably the best training course I've been on...ranges from a good overview to a detailed coverage, depending on need or preference. Was an excellent course." - Peter, Analyst Programmer
If you aren’t able to make your course date the following options are available to you:

You can send one of your colleagues in your place at no charge provided you inform us up to 10 working days prior to the course date. This allows us the time to make the adequate adjustments.


You can reschedule for another class up to 10 working days from the original course date.


You may request a full refund up to 30 business days from the course date. Cancellations made within 28 days from the course date will not be eligible for a refund.

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