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A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing
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A (Brief) Introduction to Story Testing

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So you’ve probably heard how agile people like to burn documentation. They may declare “WORKING SOFTWARE don’t need no stinkin’ documentation.” …

So you’ve probably heard how agile people like to burn documentation. They may declare “WORKING SOFTWARE don’t need no stinkin’ documentation.”

But here’s a secret: They love testing. (Or at least they say they do ;). As a software tester you need to know about story testing (a.k.a acceptance test driven development). When done well, story testing empowers a team to increase collaboration between business, testing, design, and developers. Oh, and it creates valuable, living documentation. We all know communicating what ought be built is one of the hardest parts of making great software. Story tests give you:
* An artifact for collaboration about what should be built
* Feedback on how close to done your software is
* Safety to know when a change breaks existing functionality


In this workshop, you’ll discover:
* What story testing is
* How to write story tests that provide maximum communicative power with minimum brittleness
* How to break user stories and minimum marketable features into story tests

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  • 1. A Brief Introduction to Story Testing By Zee Spencer LeanDog AN AGILE SOFTWARE STUDIO By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 2. What The Heck Is Story Testing?! By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 3. Story Tests Are • Formal Scenarios • That are Collaboratively Generated • Which Focus On A Specific Aspect Of an Interaction By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 4. Formal Scenarios • For a specific interaction • Formats: • Given/When/Then • Permutation Tables By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 5. Given/When/Then • Scenario: Buy 1 get 1 free • Given a coupon which offers buy 1 get 1 free for a product • When I buy 2 of that product • Then I am only charged for 1 product By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 6. Given/When/Then • Scenario: Incompatible Coupons • Given two coupons which can’t be used together • When I try to use them both • Then no discounts are applied to my cart By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 7. Given/When/Then • Scenario: Using coupons together • Given two coupons which can be used together • When I try to use them both • Then both discounts are applied to my cart By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 8. Given/When/Then • Scenario: Fulfilling a coupon • Given a coupon which requires you to buy a drink with your meal • When I just buy a meal • Then I cannot use the coupon By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 9. Permutation Tables Scenario: Applying Percentage Discounts Background Item Price Coupon Discount Item Apple $0.50 50%off 50% Any Pear $0.25 10%off 10% Any Tests Cart Coupon Price 3xApple, 2xPear 10%off $1.80 5xApple, 10xPear 50%off $2.50 By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 10. Collaboratively Generated User Activity Product Team User Tasks Whole Team User Test By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 11. Why? • A Multitude of Perspectives Drives Out Uncertainty • Collaboratively Determining Acceptance Criteria Shares Knowledge Faster Than a Handoff By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 12. Specifically General • Write scenarios for the happy path • Write scenarios for edge cases and error conditions • Write scenarios for performance cases By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 13. Let’s Practice! • Go to the story map nearest to you • Start breaking the user tasks closest to the top down into scenarios • Hint: There are no bad scenarios! Write collaboratively! • In 15 minutes, we’ll reconvene and share By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 14. Better Scenarios • Keep them to 1 Given, 1 When, and 1 Then • Write at a user goal abstraction • Don’t use “click/type/etc” You’re writing for a person! not a computer! • Use your personas! • More Scenarios the merrier! Survival of the Fittest! By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 15. Let’s Practice! (Again!) • Go back to the story map nearest to you • Write some more scenarios with your knew knowledge and feedback • WRITE A BUNCH OF EM! • In 15 minutes, we’ll reconvene. By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 16. Some Final Secrets • Awesome developers can automate these story tests so that they slowly turn on as development continues. • When written well, scenarios can be used as living reference documentation for your application • Iterate and Adapt! By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11
  • 17. Some Giants Whose Shoulders I Stand On Patrick Wilson Welsh Lanette Creamer Lisa Crispin Jeff “Chzy” Morgan Adam Goucher Robert C Martin Aslak Hellesøy Matt Heusser Mel Bugai Angela Harms By @zspencer from @leandog. Download materials at http://spkr8.com/t/8568Tuesday, October 11, 11

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