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"Acceptance Testing: Just Say No" by James Shore

  • Nov 2, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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Shopzilla is hosting a Meetup event with James Shore the author of "The Art of Agile Development."

"Acceptance Testing: Just Say No"


"Just one test," they said. "C'mon, man, everyone's doing it. You'll like it." And so I plunged in. Acceptance-test driven development. It was bliss, at first. I could write code confident in what my users wanted. But then I noticed the cracks forming. My customers complained that I wasn't really listening to them--that I cared more about the tests than about their needs. My build started breaking. Just a little bit, at first, and then all the time. Then my dog left me. That had nothing to do with ATDD, really, but it was my wake-up call.
I learned the hard way that acceptance testing costs more than it's worth. It seems so easy when you start, and so effective. It sucks you in. I've since learned how to get the same results without the dangerous addiction. And now I'm on a crusade. Come see what I've learned. - James Shore

Also the first 50 people to arrive at the event will receive a free signed copy of "The Art of Agile Development."

Parking and attendance are both free. See you there!

James Shore is a thought leader in the Agile software development community. He combines deep technical expertise with whole-system thinking to help development teams worldwide achieve high throughput, market focus, productivity, and quality. His work helps teams generate opportunities, reduce costs, and respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions.

James was an early adopter of Agile development and he continues to lead, teach, write and consult on Agile development processes. In 2001, he was one of the first ten people to sign the newly-released Agile Manifesto and in 2005 he was an inaugural recipient of the prestigious Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice. James is a popular lecturer on software development process and his work is frequently referenced in software trade publications. He is the co-author of The Art Of Agile Development (O'Reilly, 2007).

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  • dutch

    James provided a solid and entertaining case on why Acceptance Testing is a waste of time and Test Driven Development is the way to go. Some of the technical details of FIT where hard to imagine without previous FIT experience or visual examples.

    November 3, 2010

  • Michelle J.

    Excellent - and thank you for the book; looking forward to sharing it w/ our Eng team.

    November 3, 2010

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