Bridging the gap between technology and business

Agile Tech Talk Overview

Business and tech people often speak different languages, which makes sense because they have different mindsets. While this enables them to be good at their very different jobs, it also makes it harder for them to understand each other. In Agile teams, it’s essential to bridge this gap, and one of the best ways to do so is to introduce a very specific and concrete way of discussing detailed requirements. Enter Behavior Driven Development (BDD), which enables all parties to get real very quickly about the ideas that are going into the software being built. It is also a very good jumping-off point for teams practicing Test-Driven Development while building the resulting software.

BDD may sound complicated, but it’s really quite simple. It’s easy for both the business side and the technology side to learn. And it has the ability to eliminate the kinds of bugs and rework that happen when both sides walk away from a conversation thinking they are in sync about what needs to be built but actually aren’t.

BDD also has the ability to surface and resolve corner cases and wrinkles during the refinement process that would otherwise lead to costly rework if discovered during development or testing.

What you’ll learn

This Agile Tech Talk will demonstrate and give participants an opportunity to practice three common techniques used to develop BDD requirements. It will also cover how developers can bridge directly to TDD, creating a seamless flow of software development.

Who should attend

This Agile Tech Talk is suitable for developers, business analysts, and product owners who want to learn how to better communicate requirements and surface misunderstandings rapidly during the backlog refinement activities of your Agile process.

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David Hersey

David Hersey

Founder, Integral Agile

David Hersey’s Agile career began in the late 1990s when as a member of the Smalltalk developer community he began experimenting with technical practices such as test-driven development and continuous integration. He was an early advocate of XP and Scrum and has been coaching teams and organizations in Agile practices for 20+ years.

David has seen that scaling Agile frequently results in a larger process, but does not always enable organizations to tap into the power of agility at scale. Agility at scale requires an Integral Approach, focusing on processes and tools as well as individual values, culture, and the relationships within and between teams, businesses, and leadership.

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April Jefferson

April Jefferson is a coach, collaboration facilitator, experience crafter, game creator, and international speaker. She adds value to the world by guiding the journey to nourish oneself with generative engagement — enjoying harmonizing mindsets, crafting applied learning experiences, and holding space both in-person and online.

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Mark Holmes

Mark Holmes is an Agile coach and collaborator who is passionate about helping people do great work by making things visible, inspecting and adapting, and continuously improving. His expertise and skills include Agile, Lean, DevOps, Kanban and visible work, identity and directories, open source software, Linux server, and container deployment.


Agile Tech Talks

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Formerly known as deliver:Agile Live!, Agile Tech Talks are monthly virtual sessions that explore technical topics and focus on how to support Agile practitioners and grow good Agile engineering practices. We’re keeping the spirit of the deliver:Agile conference and turning it into an ongoing series of talks and workshops throughout the year. This series is FREE for Agile Alliance members.

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