Category Archives: bdd

Capabilities and Learning Outcomes

When I started training, I taught topics. Lots of topics! Nowadays, thanks to some help from Marian Willeke and her incredible understanding of how adults learn, I get to teach capabilities instead. It’s much more fun. This is how I … Continue reading

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Negative Scenarios in BDD

One problem I hear repeatedly from people is that they can’t find a good place to start talking about scenarios. An easy trick is to find the person who fought to get the budget for the project (the primary stakeholder) … Continue reading

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What is BDD?

At #CukeUp today, there’s going to be a panel on defining BDD, again. BDD is hard to define, for good reason. First, because to do so would be to say “This is BDD” and “This is not BDD”. When you’ve … Continue reading

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A Little Tense

Following on from my last blog post about deriving Gherkin from conversations, I wanted to share some tips on tenses. This is beginner stuff, but it turns out there are a lot of beginners out there! It also isn’t gospel, … Continue reading

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Deriving Gherkin from Real Conversations

The “Given, When, Then” format was originally developed by Dan North and Chris Matts, way back in 2004. It was originally intended as a way of describing class behaviour using something that didn’t involve testing. It was a way of … Continue reading

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A dev walks into a bar…

…and says to the barman, “I’m in the bar. I’m thirsty. I have £10.23 in my wallet.” “Great,” says the barman. “What can I get you?” The dev looks around. “When you take that glass and put it in front … Continue reading

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Using BDD as a Sensemaking Technique

A while back, I wrote about Cynefin, a framework for making sense of the world, and for approaching different situations and problems depending on how much certainty or uncertainty they have. As a quick summary, Cynefin has five domains: Simple … Continue reading

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