Mastering Agile Collaboration and Automation with BDD and Cucumber

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Unlock the power of Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber automation in our comprehensive three-day course. In today's dynamic software development landscape, effective collaboration between Product Owners, Developers, and Testers is crucial for project success. This course takes you on a transformative journey, equipping you with the tools and knowledge to bridge the communication gap, discover hidden requirements, and implement them efficiently using the Cucumber framework.

Through hands-on exercises and examples, and an engaging scenario-based approach, you'll learn to craft expressive Gherkin scenarios, map them to user stories, and automate them using Cucumber's step definitions. Dive into advanced techniques like data-driven testing, context management, and seamless CI integration. Our expert instructors will guide you through best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and innovative ways to extend BDD beyond Cucumber. Whether you're a Product Owner, Developer, Tester, or Agile enthusiast, this course empowers you to champion collaboration, elevate software quality, and embrace the future of agile automation. Join us and master the art of BDD and Cucumber to revolutionize your development process.

ü  Understand the purpose of BDD and how it enhances team collaboration, flow, and agility.

ü  Learn the Gherkin language and how to write effective test scenarios.

ü  Explore scenario mapping as the basis of effective team communication and collaboration.

ü  Get hands-on experience with the Cucumber framework to build and run your automated acceptance tests.

ü  Learn to use data-driven testing, background steps, tags, and context to simplify and consolidate your test base.

ü  Understand how to integrate BDD into your CI/CD pipeline.

Day 1:


Module 1: Introduction to Behavior-Driven Development (BDD)

Understanding software development challenges

Evolution of development methodologies

Introduction to BDD and its principles

Benefits of BDD in requirement discovery and collaboration

Role of BDD and Agile development workflow


Module 2: Collaboration and Stakeholders

Roles and responsibilities of Product Owners, Developers, and Testers

Challenges in communication and collaboration

Bridging the communication gap with BDD

Real-world examples of collaboration success through BDD


Module 3: User Stories

Overview of user stories as a requirement format

Anatomy of a user story: format and components

Writing user stories that follow the INVEST principle

Three Amigos collaboration: Product Owners, Developers, Testers

Exercise 1: Making our Stories Ready for BDD.


Module 4: Gherkin Language

Introduction to Gherkin as a domain-specific language

Syntax and structure of Gherkin: Feature, Scenario, Given-When-Then, And, But

Writing expressive and readable scenarios using Gherkin keywords

Importance of using a shared vocabulary for communication

Exercise 2: Writing a Feature and Scenarios using Gherkin.


Module 5: BDD Scenarios and Scenario Mapping

Role of scenarios in BDD: capturing behavior

Constructing scenarios for effective communication

Scenario mapping exercise introduction

Collaboratively mapping scenarios from user stories

Exercise 3: Scenario Mapping as a three amigos team.


Day 2:


Module 6: Cucumber Framework Introduction

Overview of the Cucumber framework

Setting up a Cucumber project: dependencies and directory structure

Exercise 4: Adding our mapped scenarios to our project.


Module 7: Step Definitions

Anatomy of a step definition class

Linking Gherkin steps to code with annotations

Writing step definitions for Given, When, Then steps

Parameterization and regular expressions in step definitions

Sharing state between steps for complex scenarios

Exercise 6: Implementing our First Step Definitions.


Module 8: Data-Driven Testing and Contexts

Introducing data-driven testing for scenario variations

Using scenario outlines and examples tables

Creating context and scenario setup for realistic testing

Managing context across steps for data and state management

Exercise 7: Refactoring and Enhancing our Step Definitions


Module 9: Advanced BDD Techniques

Using background steps for common scenario setup

Managing execution order and dependencies with hooks

Sharing context between different scenarios

Incorporating tags for organization and filtering scenarios

Exercise 8: Making our Tests Cleaner with Advanced Features


Day 3:


Module 10: CI Integration

Integrating BDD tests into the CI/CD pipeline

Automating Cucumber test execution

Running tests in parallel for efficiency

Analyzing test results in the CI environment

Exercise 9: Running Our Scenarios in a CI/CD Pipeline.


Module 11: Best Practices and Pitfalls

Common mistakes in BDD implementation

Writing maintainable and readable scenarios

Strategies for updating scenarios with changing requirements

Refactoring scenarios for clarity and efficiency


Module 13: BDD Beyond Cucumber

Exploring alternative BDD frameworks and tools

Integrating BDD with other testing methodologies

Staying updated with emerging trends in BDD


Module 14: Conclusion and Next Steps

Recap of key takeaways from the course

Encouraging participants to implement BDD practices

Providing additional resources for further learning and exploration


This class focuses on using the practice of BDD to integrate all of the roles on an agile team to achieve higher productivity, efficiency, and development flow.  It is suitable for every member of an agile team, and is especially effective if taken as a team.

Coding or development experience is needed to be successful in this course.

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