November 3, 2018

MOT Boston - Matt Wynne Talks About How To Fail at BDD - Nov 1 2018

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 Matt Wynne of spoke to the Ministry of Testing - Boston while he was it town teaching his BDD Kickstarter class at SmartBear Software.

Watch the YouTube streaming video below:

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About Matt Wynne

"Matt is one of the world's leading BDD practitioners. A programmer, coach, trainer and popular international speaker, he was invited to join the Cucumber core team in 2009. Together with Aslak Helles√ły, he's co-author of The Cucumber Book, Behaviour-Driven Development for Developers and Testers and a co-founder of Cucumber Ltd". - / Team

Matt Wynne talking about Cucumber, a collaboration tool you.

About BDD (Behavior Driven Development)

"Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) is a set of practices that aim to reduce some common wasteful activities in software development:
  • "Rework caused by misunderstood or vague requirements
  • "Technical debt caused by reluctance to refactor code
  • "Slow feedback cycles caused by silos and hand-overs

"BDD aims to narrow the communication gaps between team members, foster better understanding of the customer and promote continuous communication with real world examples". - / BDD

Ten Ways To Fail at BDD

How to Fail at BDD

BDD is a collaborative process. What are some easy ways to fail?
  • Make it mandatory. Don't try to get buy in from your team. 
  • Keep the pressure on.
  • Don't budget for devops.
  • Focus on the tools, not the collaboration.
  • Keep the silos strong! Don't work together as a team.
  • Have a messy backlog. 
  • Avoid people with experience with BDD. 
  • Keep the feature files hidden. Don't share them.
  • Learn on a legacy codebase.
  • Don't iterate. Try to change everything all at once!

How to make BDD succeed? Start with a single team and a single story. 

Make quality everybody's responsibility! Not just the testers. Everyone's.

Thank you so much Matt for speaking to our group!

T.J. Maher and Matt Wynne

Matt Wynne signed my copy of The Cucumber for Java Book!
 Listen to Matt talk about the book on the TestTalks podcast.