Justifying TDD: A Conversation with Scott Bain

August 8, 2016 — Posted by Jim Trott

Justifying TDD: A Conversation with Scott Bain

Scott Bain and Jim Trott talk about overcoming the challenges people often have to adopting Test-Driven Development in their organization. A big part of doing TDD effectively is coming to an agreement as to what it is, why we want to do it, and how to do it.

We cover quesions such as:
  • The return on the investment in TDD... for everyone
  • Developers already have a full-time job.  Why should we give them another one?
  • Won’t TDD slow down the development process?
  • If the developers write tests, won’t they simply be doing the same work as testers, and if so isn’t this wasteful?
  • How does TDD help distributed teams?
  • As the test suite grows in size, won’t this become a massive burden?
  • What are situations where TDD does not work?
 
In addition, Scott points us to helpful resources such as his excellent website, www.sustainabletdd.com.

This show is part of an ongoing series of conversations with Net Objectives consultants and thought-leaders on a variety of topics. We call this series, "The Doctor Is In!"

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Music used in this podcast:

  • “And So It Begins” and “Easy Lemon” by Kevin MacLeod © Incompetech Inc.
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Introduction

In this show, Scott Bain and I talk about overcoming the challenges people often have to adopting test driven development in their organization. A big part of doing TDD effectively, is coming to an agreement as to what it is, why we want to do it, and how to do it.

 

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About the author | Jim Trott

Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams.



        

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