location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 26th 02:25 - 02:45 PM place Grand Ballroom 1

We all know the importance of validating a feature before committing to getting it built. Validating assumptions help in avoiding the most frustrating and common problem – building something that nobody wants. However, validation is easier said than done. Building the right feature before we think of building the feature right is the key.

Being Agile, we always try to leverage the quick feedback loop and adapt based on the end-user feedback. That’s good but it should not be used to validate the assumptions and that too after implementing a feature based on that assumption. It’s very expensive smile

A more powerful and productive technique is to leverage Specification-by-example in defining and discovering requirements collaboratively with end-user, even before start working on the feature.

This talk will focus on highlighting key aspects of effectively adopting SBE technique based on my own experience leveraging it successfully over and over again. It not only helps in grooming the feature requirement to tell a clear , simple and compelling story but it also helps in removing what is not needed.


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

  • Quick introduction about myself (1 min)
  • Why we need Specification-By-Example (5 mins)
    • Validating usability of feature by end users
    • Defining and discovering requirements
    • Defining functional specification
    • Conversation with users/SME to collaboratively specify requirements
    • Defining ubiquitous language used across all the parties that are involved
    • Defining acceptance criteria for the successful development of the feature
    • Eliminating communication gap
  • What is it really? (5 mins)
    • Defining requirements in domain specific language
    • Walk-thru of different phases of defining SBE
    • Automatic validation of requirement and that too continuously
  • How to effectively create it? (5 mins)
    • When to create it?
    • Who all should participate in it?
    • What is “3 Amigos” meeting or grooming session?
    • What level of granularity to be captured?
    • How many examples are good enough?
    • Who should author the examples?
    • How to ensure that everyone in the team is on the same page about the understanding?
    • Who should verify it?
    • How to ensure that the developed feature fulfills the acceptance criteria?
    • How to ensure it’s always verified with new features getting build over it?
  • Where does it fit in Agile? (2 mins)
    • Crafted while grooming stories
    • Definition-of-Ready (DOR)
    • Automated funcational tests
    • ATDD/BDD
  • Q&A (2 mins)

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding about Specification-by-Example
  • How to effectively leverage it in building the right feature

Target Audience

Developers, Testers, Product Owners, Business Analyst, Scrum Masters

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