Agile + DevOps West 2021 Concurrent Session : Stop, You’re Doing BDD Wrong

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Stop, You’re Doing BDD Wrong

Tools like Cucumber and Fitnesse have been popularizing the ‘idea’ of using Behavior Driven Development (BDD) for test automation for over a decade. While there are many benefits to using these tools, adoption of BDD practices and principles can add a lot more value than the tooling alone. BDD isn’t about testing; it’s about design, and team collaboration. Max will review the main tenets of BDD, and dive into some ideas of implementing this process. He’ll cover the benefits of doing true BDD: how it can be used to increase product quality and reduce feature churn. He will also discuss some of the pitfalls of avoiding BDD, but still using the tools. He’ll talk about some ‘best practices’, and with get into some dos and don’ts for writing feature files. Some tooling will be discussed, along with some tips on how to automate, and what to avoid.

Max Saperstone

Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Test Engineer for almost fifteen years. He is the Vice President of Testing Solutions at TestPros, where he works as a test strategist and architect. Max's focus is on Test Automation and Continuous Testing, with the goal of having organizations understand their application’s quality as rapidly as possible. He specializes in open source tools, including Selenium, Postman, JMeter, Cucumber, and Chef. He has released several open source testing frameworks in the past, and is currently working on a new one, FAST (Framework for Appium and Selenium Testing). Max can often be found speaking at meetups and conferences about testing, hanging around local brewpubs, or off lost in the woods enjoying nature.