When to do BDD or ATDD

April 24, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

There seems to be a common myth that it is important to get Scrum or SAFe going and add BDD/ATDD later. I think there are some factors driving this-some believing it's more effective, some budgeting issues and a tendency for people to follow the herd.

Here are the truths:

  • More effective to include it at beginning

It is actually easier for teams to adopt Agile when they've been give an introduction to the Given-When-Then construct. While teams still start with "as is ..." the ubiquitous challenge of being able to break down stories tells us that this is not sufficient. The other challenge many face is learning to work together as a team. BDD will help solve the 2 biggest challenges teams new to Agile face. It also helps with design and test.

  • Less expensive to include it when training is done innovatively

The trick to teaching it up front is to integrate it into Scrum/SAFe training. This requires some innovative techniques since this also requires embedded coaching. But this has been done by a few

  • Following the herd adds risk.

There are no one-size fits all solutions. But it doesn't take a lot of time to figure out which you should be doing. Use a vendor who gives you multiples choices.

 

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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