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SDD 2017 Schedule

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Wednesday 17 May 2017



Track 8

Frobisher 6

Test automation is dead. Long live test automation!

Coding Level 1
Advanced Level 3

For Continuous Delivery to work well we need more test automation (or to be precise, we need to do less manual testing) but each initiative seems to deliver another pile of incomprehensible, brittle, unmaintainable scripts that suck resources and deliver questionable returns. The more we chase test automation, the further away it seems to get. Meanwhile, a growing band of organizations have found that wielding the power of examples in workshops (where the business, the developers and the testers collaborate) is helping promote early discovery of assumptions, risks and missing requirements. What’s more, these examples are powering the creation of a ubiquitous language, helping prevent future misunderstandings. And, if that isn’t enough already, these examples can then be automated, using tools like Cucumber, to become an executable specification.In this session, Seb asks: is this the test automation you were looking for?

Seb Rose

Seb Rose


Seb has been a software consultant, coach, designer, analyst and developer for over 30 years. He has been involved in the full development lifecycle, with experience that ranges from architecture to support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a partner in Cucumber Ltd, who help teams adopt and refine their Agile practices, with a particular focus on collaboration and automated testing. He's a regular speaker at conferences and occasional contributor to software journals, and a contributing author to '97 Things Every Programmer Should Know' (O’Reilly) and lead author of 'The Cucumber for Java Book' (Pragmatic Programmers). http://cucumber.io  @sebrose

Other presentations by Seb Rose

Wed 17 May 2017 at 14:00

Track 7

Lies, damned lies and estimates

Thu 18 May 2017 at 9:30

Track 3

Recycling TDD

Fri 19 May 2017 at 9:30

Post-Conference Workshop

Testable architecture

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