Paul Gerrard's blog

New Tutorial: Test Strategy in a Day

This tutorial suggests that rather than being a document, test strategy is a thought process. The outcome of the thinking might be a short or a long document, but most importantly, the strategy must address the needs of the participants inside the project as well as the customers of the product to be built. It needs to be appropriate to a short agile project or to a 1000 man-year development. It has to have the buy-in of stakeholders but most importantly, it must have value and be communicated.

Live Specifications: From Requirements to Automated Tests and Back

Many thanks to the Eurostar folk allowing me to present the webinar, "Live Specifications: From Requirements to Automated Tests and Back". This talk describes how we think companies can implement continuous delivery and live specifications using the Behaviour-Driven Development approach and redistributed testing.

Business Story Method and Platform Awareness

The Business Story Method and the Business Story Manager Platform provide an approach to software development that is powerful, effective and a natural way to work.

We are running free half day briefing sessions in central London on 9th and 16th January and we'd be delighted if you can join us.

Business Story Manager Tutorial: Analysis Module Part I

This video tutorial for the Business Story Manager product is in two parts.

The first few minutes shows a short presentation of the approach to managing business roles, personas, requirements and stories. The remainder of the video demonstrates the Business Story Manager facilities that support the core Business Story method.

Specification by Example is not Enough

A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk that included a couple of slides that focused on the idea of Specification by Example and how it cannot be relied upon to fully define the functionality of a software solution. I thought I'd summarise it here while the thought was fresh in my mind and also because Martin Fowler recently re-posted a blog originally published some time ago.

How BDD can fit the corporate culture

Last Friday, I was happy to present to the Skillsmatter Agile Testing and BDD Exchange at 'The Crypt'. Thanks to Gojko Adzic for inviting me and chairing the day.

You can see the video of my talk here. Afraid Skillsmatter don't allow embedding the video.

Future of Testing

In London, on 18 May I presented a keynote to the Testing and Finance conference. I've been asked for the slides of that talk, so I have uploaded them here. The talk was mostly based on two articles that I originally wrote for Atlassian, and you can find the text of those articles in the blog here:

Requirements-Driven Story Development and Requirements Validation

In this approach, the technique involves taking a requirement and identifying the feature(s) it describes. For each feature, a story summary and a series of scenarios are created and these are used to feedback examples to stakeholders. In a very crude way, you could regard the walkthrough of scenarios and examples as a ‘paper-based’ unit or component test of each feature.