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Specification-by-Exa­mple: A Cucumber Implementation

  • Oct 9, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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General Agenda

6:30 - 7:30pm - Presentation

7:30 - 7:45pm - Break/Open networking/Announcements

7:50 - 8:20pm - Announcements

7:55 - 8:25pm - Cucumber Tool Talk

8:25 - 8:40pm - Q&A, Open networking (hard stop at 8:45pm)



We’ve all been there. You work incredibly hard to develop a feature and design tests based on written requirements. You build a detailed test plan that aligns the tests with the software and the documented business needs. When you put the tests to the software, it all falls apart because the requirements were updated without informing everyone. But help is at hand. Enter business-driven development and Cucumber, a tool for running automated acceptance tests. Join Mary Thorn as she explores the nuances of Cucumber and shows you how to implement specification-by-example, behavior-driven development, and agile acceptance testing. By fostering collaboration for implementing active requirements via a common language and format, Cucumber bridges the communication gap between business stakeholders and implementation teams. If you experience developers not coding to requirements, testers not getting requirements updates, or customers who feel out of the loop and don’t get what they ask for, be here!

Mary's Bio

VP of QA at Deutsche Bank Global Technologies in North Carolina, Mary Thorn has a broad testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than fifteen years of experience in healthcare, HR, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager and contributor level positions in software development organizations. She has a strong interest in agile testing methodologies and direct experience leading agile teams through Scrum adoption and beyond. Mary is a Certified ScrumMaster and an active participant in Triangle Institute of Software Quality Assurance.

Tools Talk

Once you have listened to the talk about why Cucumber is a beneficial automation tool, Tracey Ruark and Steve Gibson will demo Cucumber to the group. They will walk you through the below:
  1. How to get started on Cucumber(IE Installation, different driver options, etc)
  2. How to do a simple example
  3. Give you some basic best practices on how architect the Cucumber framework

Tracey's Bio

Tracey has over 14 years of experience in software development, employed by companies ranging from one of the largest software companies in the US to small shops of 20 employees. He started his career as a manual QA Engineer, spent several years learning test automation with big box automation tools, such as HP/Mercury QuickTest Pro, and has spent the last 5 years using open source software to produce UI test automation frameworks.

Steve's Bio

Steve's been in the QA 'business' for 16 years, 3 of which have been consumed with open source test automation. He has witnessed firsthand the power of a fully-operational UI test-automation framework. He understands the importance of automation, and how it can positively impact all layers of an organization.

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  • AgileBill K.

    Great overview with lots of technical meat!

    October 16, 2012

  • Richard A.

    knowledgeable presenters

    October 10, 2012

  • Will M.

    Thanks Mary for sharing your experience with Cucumber.

    October 10, 2012

  • Jordan B.

    Any chance to get Mary's presentation? it would be helpful to introduce cucumber to my QA team

    October 10, 2012

  • Jordan B.

    Great. Can we get Mary's presentation?

    October 10, 2012

  • satjo

    It was great with good introductory overview followed by examples and some best practices.
    The presenters did a good job

    October 9, 2012

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