Tests and Requirements: Like Ham and Eggs, Sugar and Spice, Lucy and Desi

Ken Pugh, Net Objectives

The practice of agile software development requires a clear understanding of business needs. Misunderstanding requirements causes waste, slipped schedules, and mistrust within the organization. Developers implement their perceived interpretation of requirements; testers test against their perceptions. Disagreement can arise about implementation defects, when the cause is really a disagreement about the requirement. Ken Pugh shows how acceptance tests decrease requirements misunderstandings by both developers and testers. A testable requirement provides a single source that serves as the analysis document, acceptance criteria, regression test suite, and progress tracker for any given feature. Explore the creation, evaluation, and use of testable requirements by the business and developers. Join Ken to examine how to transform requirements into stories, small units of work that have business value, small implementation effort, and easy-to-understand acceptance tests. Learn how testers and requirement elicitors can work together to create acceptance tests prior to implementation.

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