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On specifications

Track: Coding and Development | Skill level: Intermediate
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Although this is a talk about Behavior-Driven Development, it is not about regression testing. In fact, I will not show you a single line of code because regression testing is actually only a small part of BDD. It is a framework that holds project processes together.

Deliverables composed of beautifully written code mean a little, or can even be toxic if they don't help organisations meet the business goals. In order to build a truly valuable solution, the organisation's requirements must be captured correctly, then specifications for the deliverables must be defined clearly and concisely. BDD empowers you to achieve this.

In the world of Drupal, when we hear the word 'Behavior-Driven Development' (or BDD), we may immediately think of Behat. But BDD is about client-developer collaboration. BDD is about writing better specifications. BDD gives us living documentation.

In this talk, I will explain how BDD can help deliver and maintain software application successfully by improving the way we write specifications, improving our ability to produce better estimates, streamlining acceptance tests, as well as maintaining a living documentation.

Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of ContribKanban.com, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on dev.acquia.com. This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves

Sponsors

Diamond

CxO Day

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