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Collaboration in BDD is not a Given - Sydney Agile BA & PO Meetup - 18-11-2015

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Can we improve how we collaborate with BDD?

During this presentation, Ryan will go through a number of different techniques and workshops that teams can run in order to collaborate effectively with BDD.

These practices look at how teams can discuss scenarios collaboratively providing different options to ensure a shared understanding.

Let’s take our Givens through to Thens to the next level!

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Collaboration in BDD is not a Given - Sydney Agile BA & PO Meetup - 18-11-2015

  1. 1. Collaboration in BDD is not a Given rmckergow Ryan McKergow
  2. 2. think sharp 1. What is BDD? (Behaviour Driven Development)
  3. 3. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | What is BDD? “Behaviour-driven development is an “outside- in” methodology. It starts at the outside by identifying business outcomes, and then drills down into the feature set that will achieve those outcomes. Each feature is captured as a “story”, which defines the scope of the feature along with its acceptance criteria.” Dan North – Creator of BDD Refer to this article by @tastapod: http://bit.ly/dan-north
  4. 4. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Or… (a very simplified definition) “ BDD aims to explain the behaviour of a system in easy to understand language. This language is shared by the entire development team.” Ryan McKergow (paraphrased from another technical explanation on http://behaviourdriven.org)
  5. 5. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | What does it look like? Scenario: [Title – explains the activity] Given [some context] And [some more context] When [a single event/trigger happens] Then [an outcome happens] And [another outcome happens]
  6. 6. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | What does it look like in practice?
  7. 7. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | What does it look like in practice? Scenario: Signing up for Facebook Given Fred is signing up for Facebook And he provides the required details When he submits his request to signup Then a Facebook account is created And Fred’s email address is set as his username And a confirmation email is sent to Fred
  8. 8. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | BDD provides a shared language (also referred to as ubiquitous language)
  9. 9. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | We use our shared language for conversations “Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) practitioners use conversations about concrete examples to build up a common understanding of what features will deliver real value to the organisation.” John Ferguson Smart – BDD in Action
  10. 10. think sharp 2. Collaboration in BDD is not a Given
  11. 11. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | It’s still easier for us to work like this
  12. 12. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | It’s like we’ve forgotten about this… Individuals and interac/ons over processes and tools
  13. 13. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | We’ve focused on BDD as a tool development team
  14. 14. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | We’re focused on communicating via our BDD as written text only… Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms
  15. 15. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | We’re need to be at the other end of the spectrum Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms
  16. 16. think sharp 3. Techniques to level up collaboration with BDD
  17. 17. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 1 - Story Reviews
  18. 18. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 1 - Story Reviews The concept of reading through and reviewing you BDD scenarios within the Story with the development team. Steps to run a Story Review: 1.  Business Analyst (BA) writes BDD scenarios ahead of the Sprint 2.  Read through and review with team 3.  BA incorporates changes & feedback 4.  Team starts development when assigned to the Sprint
  19. 19. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 1 - Story Reviews
  20. 20. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 2 – Story Kickoffs
  21. 21. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 2 – Story Kickoffs The concept of visually explaining the Story and BDD scenarios to the development team when commencing development. Steps to run a Story Kickoff: •  BA writes BDD scenarios ahead of the Sprint •  Story Kickoff held when Story is ready for development within the Sprint •  BA visually explains the Story & each scenario •  BA incorporates changes & feedback during development
  22. 22. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 2 – Story Kickoffs
  23. 23. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 3 – Story Workshops
  24. 24. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 3 – Story Workshops The concept of the team collaboratively defining the Story and what BDD scenarios need to be covered. Steps to run a Story Workshop: •  BA organises Story Workshop ahead of Sprint •  Development team defines the Story & highlights what BDD scenarios need to be covered •  BA writes BDD scenarios •  Team starts development when assigned to the Sprint
  25. 25. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 3 – Story Workshops
  26. 26. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 4 – Pairing / Mob BDD
  27. 27. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 4 – Pairing / Mob BDD The concept of a few members or all members of the team defining the Story and writing the BDD scenarios together. Steps to run Pairing / Mob BDD: •  Team gets together (ahead of Sprint OR when ready for development) •  Defines the Story & writes the BDD scenarios together •  Team starts development when assigned to the Sprint OR immediately!
  28. 28. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Level 4 – Pairing / Mob BDD
  29. 29. think sharp Collabora'on in BDD can be a Given 1.  What is BDD? 2.  Collaboration in BDD is not a Given 3.  Techniques to level up collaboration with BDD §  Level 1 - Story Reviews §  Level 2 - Story Kickoffs §  Level 3- Story Workshops §  Level 4 - Pairing / Mob BDD
  30. 30. Collaboration in BDD is not a Given rmckergow Ryan McKergow ryan.mckergow@elabor8.com.au
  31. 31. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Innovation, Agile Transformation, Project Delivery? Looking for a career in We’re hiring! Visit: elabor8.com.au/careers
  32. 32. think sharprmckergowRyan McKergow | Image references 1.  Facebook, (2015). Facebook - Log In or Sign Up. [online] Available at: http://facebook.com [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015]. 2.  Schiffer, B. (2015). Bernd Schiffer on Twitter. [online] Twitter. Available at: https://twitter.com/berndschiffer/status/611773018772103168 [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015]. 3.  Agilemodeling.com, (2015). Communication on Agile Software Teams. [online] Available at: http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/communication.htm [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015]. 4.  North, D. (2007). What's in a Story?. [online] Dan North & Associates. Available at: http://dannorth.net/whats-in-a-story/ [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015]. 5.  Webweaver.nu, (2015). [online] Available at: http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/img/misc/food/fast-food/hamburger-layers.png [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015].

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