Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)

Discover How to Use BDD and TDD to Provide Agile Development Teams with a Clear, Shared Understanding of Requirements

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In this immersive 3-day Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATTD) course, learn how to use and integrate the Agile testing methods of Behaviour Driven Development and TDD) to create acceptance tests that transform requirements into specifications that meet market and user needs.

This public course is Java-based. Private courses can be customized to suit a .NET environment.

Ideal For:

Anyone involved in software development projects, including developers, business analysts, and quality assurance analysts.

TR – Software Development – Acceptance Test Driven Development

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Experience with Java and object-oriented development.

Learning Objectives & Approach:

Through a mix of lecture and hands-on practice, students collaborate as a team to apply concepts in incrementally more complex labs.

Course participants are given a set of requirements and work as a group to specify acceptance criteria and translate them into behaviours using Gherkin language and Cucumber. These tests are designed to fail at first, requiring students to use unit tests. This isolates the development of the system interface and all subsequent code and design until all unit tests, and executable requirements, pass.

Upon completion, students will be able to create acceptance tests that accurately transform user requirements into product specifications to improve development speed, quality, and efficiency.

Key Topics:

Defining acceptance criteria and behaviours:

  • Applying the TDD cycle
  • Balancing BDD and unit testing
  • Unit and acceptance testing limitations
  • Structuring tests

Designing effective, independent, fast tests:

  • Dummies, stubs, fakes and mocks
  • Object design and TDD
  • Detecting suspicious code

Applying techniques for refactoring code:

  • Testing legacy code
  • Tools for unit testing, code coverage, and BDD


Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)

    Courses are also offered privately to teams and organizations looking for more immersive training.

    Mentoring services are also available to reinforce or advance learned principles and practices.

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    * Cost is per participant in Canadian dollars plus GST

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