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Nate Oster

CodeSquads, LLC

An agile player-coach and founder of CodeSquads, Nate Oster helps clients adopt lean and agile methods. Nate builds high-performance teams that adapt to change, embrace a pragmatic philosophy of continuous improvement, measure progress with new features, and deliver high-quality software that delights customers. As a coach, he inspires adopters with hands-on mentoring and simulations like The Kanban Racing Challenge, which provide a safe learning environment for new ideas. He promotes testing as a serious technical discipline. Though he’s a frequent speaker at software development conferences, Nate spends most of his time as a hands-on advisor to software product teams from startups to multinationals. He is easily defeated at all card games. Contact him at [email protected].

Speaker Presentations
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Mastering Agile Testing SOLD OUT

On agile teams, testers can struggle to keep pace with development if they continue employing a waterfall-based verification process—finding bugs after development. Nate Oster challenges you to question waterfall assumptions and replace this legacy verification testing with acceptance test-driven development (ATDD). With ATDD, you “test first” by writing executable specifications for a new feature before development begins. Learn to switch from tests as verification to tests as specification, and to guide development with acceptance tests written in the language of your business. Start by joining a team for a simulation and experience how ATDD helps build quality in instead of trying to test defects out. Then progress to increasingly more realistic scenarios and practice the art of specifying intent with plain-language and table-based formats. This isn’t a tools session. These are tabletop, paper-based simulations that give you meaningful practice with how executable specifications change the way you think about tests and collaborate as a team. Leave empowered with a kit of exercises to advocate ATDD with your own teams.