Why ATDD/BDD should be done before your planning event

June 21, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
This is especially true if the ART doing the planning is <75 people or your entire technology group is less than 400 people & comprised mostly of independent teams with some dependencies.
 
In these cases, planning 3 mo's out defeats a lot of the value of Agile. Agile is about the ability to release & pivot quickly. Organizations of the type above only need to plan 2-4 sprints out.
 
Doing this requires the following:
  1. focus the planning event on collaboration & dependency management so it can be adapted as needed over time
  2. use MBIs (or equivalent) to align around focused value to be delivered
  3. learn Acceptance Test Driven Development w/ BDD's Given When Then so as to get clear requirements with well defined scope
 
The cost of doing in time is less than the time saved by being able to do shorter planning events. That is, you don't need to spend as much time decomposing epics to features to stories (much of which is wasted anyway). The long term benefit, however, is enormous-clear scope & requirements with small stories.
 
Just doing Essential SAFe won't get this for you because it leaves out the focus of MBIs & still suggests quarterly planning.
 
I invite you to consider a lighter approach that is more comprehensive.
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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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