Specification by Example Workshop: From User Stories to Acceptance Tests

Specification by Example Workshop: From User Stories to Acceptance Tests

Bridging the communication gap between stakeholders and implementation teams

Specification by example is a collaborative approach to defining requirements and tests based on capturing realistic examples instead of abstract statements.It is the cornerstone of any successful requirements and testing strategy with Agile and Lean processes, such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Kanban.

This workshop with Gojko Adzic will teach you how to apply specification by example to bridge the communication gap between stakeholders and implementation teams, build quality into software from the start, design, develop and deliver systems fit for purpose.

Target audience

The workshop is aimed at delivery team members (programmers, testers, business analysts and product owners) mostly working in iterative delivery, such as Scrum or Kanban.
Prior experience in delivering software iteratively is useful when attending this workshop, but not required.


This workshop is based on Gojko Adzic’s books Specification by Example and Bridging the Communication Gap. Through facilitated exercises and discussion, you will learn:

  • Facilitating specification workshops
  • Getting the right examples, quickly
  • Avoiding the most common mistakes in product backlog refinement
  • Why/when to do specification by example, and when not to do it
  • What do teams that do this really well do differently from those that just waste time.

Day 2

  • What are the most popular tools/how they differ
  • What makes a good specification/test for this context
  • How to clean up legacy specifications/tests
  • How this fits into Scrum/Kanban/…
  • How to start changing the process in your company.

Learning Objectives

  • How to extend specifications with examples to create a single source of truth for testing and development
  • How to avoid functional gaps and inconsistencies in specifications and tests
  • How to run specification workshops to facilitate collaboration
  • Good practices for designing specifications with examples and acceptance tests for agile teams
  • How to create a living documentation system to facilitate change and improve your process long-term
  • How other teams, from small web startups to large distributed teams in investment banks, apply specification by example in their contexts.


Do I need to know something beforehand in order to participate in this workshop?

Prior experience in delivering software iteratively is useful when attending this workshop, but not required.

Do I need my laptop to attend this workshop?

No, you don’t need a laptop to join this workshop.


This workshop will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants. We’ll send an official confirmation to all registered attendees 10-15 days prior to the workshop dates.

Last chance! The last date to buy a ticket for this workshop is Monday 19th February 2024. If we don’t reach the desired minimum number by then, the workshop will not be confirmed and it will be postponed… don’t wait until the day before to buy the tickets!
The sooner we reach the minimum numbers, the sooner the workshop gets confirmed.

About the workshop

Language: The workshop will be held in English.
Time: from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
Venue: Copernico Isola for S32, Via Sassetti, 32, 20124, Milan.
Laptop: Check out the F.A.Q. section.
Dress code: Informal. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the majority of the activities will involve walking around and standing up most of the time.
Included in the price: coffee breaks and lunch with the trainer and the other attendees are also included in this ticket… because networking matters.

How to get to Milan?

You can get to Milano Centrale by flying into one of these three airports: Linate, Malpensa, and Bergamo Orio al Serio.

Check out the Copernico Isola for S32 Page and get it sorted! With plenty of handy information on accommodation, travel options, where to find the training venue, and much more!

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Good conversations are key for understanding a domain; good tools are key to drive conversations toward actionable decisions.Mauro Bartolomeoli

Gojko is a fantastic trainer; product teams in companies of any size can get applicable knowledge.
He gives you the tools to improve facilitation techniques to help product teams clarify business needs, and then have a single source of truth that acts as living documentation.Learner who joined the December 2022 edition

Specification By Example is a hands-on workshop that will give you some techniques to use when defining requirements for a new or existing project, focusing on real examples.Cosimo Matteini

Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP. He is the winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award.
Author of: Impact MappingFifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your User StoriesHumans vs Computers.

Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.

Learn more


Small Talk: an informal chat with Gojko on Impact Mapping.

Facilitating Impact Mapping sessions: the video of our remote meetup with Gojko Adzic.

How serverless apps will impact the future of software architecture: meetup with Gojko Adzic.

Interviews (from our blog)

Is Serverless the future of Cloud Computing?: Luciano Mammino interviews Gojko Adzic.

The Kingdom of Software: our interview with Gojko Adzic.

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