Specification By Example: From User Stories to Acceptance Tests

Specification By Example: 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 teaches 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.


Day 1

  • 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 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 and Kanban
  • How to start changing the process in your company.

What you will learn

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:

  • 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.

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.


Tools & Laptop: Do I need my laptop?
No, you won’t need your laptop to attend this workshop.

Entry requirements: Is there anything I need to do before the workshop?

Teaching language: What language will this workshop be in?
This course will be taught in English.

Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic, partner di Neuri Consulting LLP, ha vinto il premio European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement nel 2016, e il premio come Most Influential Agile Testing Professional nel 2011.
Uno dei libri di Gojko, Specification by Example, ha vinto il Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, e il suo blog ha vinto il premio UK Agile Award per la miglior pubblicazione online nel 2010.


Leggi la nostra intervista a Gojko Adzic The Kingdom of Software!

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