Making Testable Requirements a Reality: Challenges Faced by an Agile Team and How we Overcame Them

For a team new to Agile practices, writing clear, concise requirements and acceptance criteria can be daunting. Add to that the additional challenge of automatically testing those criteria. Does your team struggle to manage bugs? As a business analyst or product owner, do you find yourself clarifying user stories and acceptance criteria for the team?

 

Working software is only as good as the requirements are at identifying the end customer’s needs and having code that executes against those requirements.

 

This talk will be a case study of the challenges faced by a team new to Agile writing testable requirements and how we overcame them. Attendees will leave with strategies to improve their requirements and acceptance criteria for automated testing.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Identify common problems realized by agile development teams
  • Introduce our approach to using Gherkin acceptance criteria
  • Exercise to demonstrate how one can use Gherkin acceptance criteria
  • Challenges faced by a real team and the pros and cons of our approach
  • Wrap up

Learning Outcome

Attendees will have a better understanding of how acceptance criteria improves quality, reduces bugs, and increases speed to delivery.

Target Audience

Product Owners, Business Analysts, Stakeholders, ScrumMaster, Testers

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi, Stephanie,

    In reviewing your session proposal, I find I can't envision what it will be like. Perhaps you could tell me your approach to Gherkin? Also, what sort of exercise do you have in mind?

    George

    • Stephanie Vineyard
      By Stephanie Vineyard  ~  3 years ago
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      Thanks for your comment, George.

      For approach to Gherkin, I will discuss how one team used the Given When Then format to create testable acceptance criteria for both completing user stories and developing regression tests. Because this is the "getting started" section, I will explain how someone new to Agile, new to user stories, or unfamiliar with the Gherkin format can get started with this approach.

       

      For the exercise, it will be a group exercise (depending on how the tables are set) to right some acceptance criteria using the Gherkin Given When Then format.  These criteria will be unrelated to software development (example: how to enter a room) to drive home the value of using this format to keep the team on the same page.


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