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Completing the circle: Automated web tests, ATDD and Acceptance Tests as a team communication tool

Posted by johnsmart on June 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM PDT

On June 23 in Sydney, in collaboration with Centrum Systems, I will be giving a talk on the topic of "Completing the circle: Automated web tests, ATDD and Acceptance Tests as a team communication tool". This talk will be a great follow-up to the TDD/BDD/ATDD workshop held the same week. So come and join us for drinks, socialising and a special presentation! And did I mention the free drinks?

Acceptance Test Driven Development, or ATDD, has proven to be a very effective technique, both for driving and guiding development, and for enhancing communication between developers and other project stakeholders. But why stop there? Well designed Acceptance Tests can also act as a formidable documentation source and communication tool. Indeed, when written in a narrative, BDD-type style, Acceptance Tests have the potential to document in detail how the user interacts with the application.

In this talk we will look at the role of automated Acceptance Tests not only for testing, but also as part of the whole development lifecycle, from writing the user stories right through to deploying the application. We will also look at ways to make your automated acceptance tests more expressive and how to use them more effectively as a communication, reporting and documentation tool.

Finally, we will present and demonstrate a new open source library that helps developers and testers write automated acceptance tests for web applications using WebDriver/Selenium 2. This library also produces clean, narrative-style reports illustrated with screenshots that effectively describe the application's functionality and behaviour, as well as any regressions or pending features.

You can register for this event here.

John is a well-known international consultant, trainer and speaker in open source and agile Java development and testing practices. He specializes in helping development teams improve their game with techniques such as Test-Driven Development (including BDD and ATDD), Automated Acceptance Tests, Continuous Integration, Build Automation, and Clean Coding practices. In the coming months, he will be running a full 3-day TDD/BDD/ATDD workshop in Sydney (June 20-22) and Wellington (date to be announced), and talking at the No Fluff Just Stuff ÜberConf in Denver in July.

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