Abstract/Description

In this session Matt Wynne teaches you a simple, practical technique that you can use to break down any user story.
BDD and ATDD enthusiasts already know how useful it is to have the three amigos - tester, product owner and developer - meet to discuss a new user story before they start development. What many teams don't have is a clear structure for these conversations. Sometimes they can take a long time, or drain the group's energy by going round in circles.
Over many years of teaching hundreds of people about BDD, Matt developed a simple practical technique that will allow you to break down a story in about 25 minutes. All you need is a pack of colored index cards, some pens, and a curious attitude.

Learning Outcomes:

  • the purpose of a three amigos session
  • a practical technique for visualising what you know, and don't know about a user story
  • the difference between rules and examples

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About the Speaker(s)

Matt is one of the world's leading BDD practitioners. A programmer, coach, trainer and popular international speaker, he was as invited to join the Cucumber core team in 2009. Together with Aslak Hellesøy, the creator of Cucumber, he's co-author ofThe Cucumber Book, Behaviour-Driven Development for Developers and Testers. In 2014, they founded Cucumber Limited together with Julien Biezemans. Matt has worked with large organisations like the BBC, Amazon and Sky. He conceived, organised, and facilitated Bootstrapd, a non-profit conference for bootstrapped startups in Europe. He also runs Relishapp.com, which hosts Cucumber documentation for projects. Matt has spoken at Agile 2009, XP day London, Agile Cambridge, Scottish Ruby Conference, Gotham Ruby Conference, QCon NYC, Software Practice Advancement, Software Craftsmanship UK, and Turku Agile day.