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#99 - Better Software With Acceptance Test-Driven Development - Kenneth Pugh

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“Acceptance test is any test that a system must pass in order to be accepted. If you can’t ship a system without passing a test, then it is an acceptance test."

Kenneth Pugh is an acclaimed author and thought leader in acceptance-test driven development (ATDD) and behavior-driven development (BDD). His works include the 2006 Jolt award winner “Prefactoring” followed by “Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development”. In this episode, Ken explained in-depth the concept of acceptance tests and ATDD. He first described what an acceptance test is, why it is beneficial to deliver better software, and why we should invest our effort to automate it. Ken also touched on a few other important concepts, such as the testing triad, test pyramid, user acceptance test, and table-driven specifications. Towards the end, Ken shared some advice on how we can start implementing ATDD.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:16]
  • Acceptance Test - [00:09:30]
  • Acceptance Test Benefits - [00:13:39]
  • When to Write Acceptance Test - [00:16:18]
  • The Triad - [00:20:55]
  • Is Doing ATDD Expensive? - [00:26:31]
  • Acceptance Test & Test Pyramid - [00:28:56]
  • UAT & Reporting - [00:33:22]
  • Automating Acceptance Test - [00:36:21]
  • Table-Driven vs Text Format - [00:39:09]
  • ATDD - [00:42:46]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:44:49]


Kenneth Pugh’s Bio
Ken Pugh helps companies develop software effectively by applying lean-agile principles and practices. He concentrates on delivering business value quickly by removing waste and delays in value streams; building in quality with Acceptance Test-Driven Development / Behaviour Driven Development; creating a collaborative environment; and evaluating return-on-investment. He has written several software development books including the 2006 Jolt Award winner Prefactoring: Extreme Abstraction, Extreme Separation, Extreme Readability and his latest: Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration. He is the co-creator of the SAFe® Agile Software Engineering course.

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