Behavior-Driven Development: Real-World Mind Reading

Kim Tatum

Imagine this scenario: Business users are excited to finally get their hands on an implementation delivery that is on schedule, (mostly) on budget, and passed rigorous testing with flying colors. Unfortunately, when working with the new app or feature, the users realize that the way they described their needs didn’t translate into what they actually needed. Sound familiar? While she may not be able to offer telekinetic mind-reading tools, Kim Tatum is convinced that leveraging a behavior-driven development (BDD) approach helps bridge the gap between domain experts and technical teams. Join Kim to discuss how natural, human-readable language ultimately creates shared accountability and reduces misunderstandings. Review how this framework is implemented on a variety of delivery projects and walk through an implementation approach and leading practices. At the end of the session, you’ll be armed with a BDD approach that ensures that you build the right solution—instead of what you thought the user wanted based on requirements.

About the Presenter

An experienced software quality professional, Kim Tatum has eighteen years of information technology and full project lifecycle experience, focused on enterprise testing and quality assurance within agile environments to maximize the efficiency and quality of software delivery. Kim has held various quality roles across healthcare, technology, and telecom industries, and state and federal government sectors. She has a technical background in systems development and a strong knowledge-base in continuous integration testing. A certified Project Management Professional, Kim continues to focus on employing lean test philosophies to reduce risk and improve efficiencies throughout the development lifecycle.

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