Specification by Example: How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software

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Specification by Example is an emerging practice for creating software based on realistic examples, bridging the communication gap between business stakeholders and the dev teams building the software. In this book, author Gojko Adzic distills interviews with successful teams worldwide, sharing how they specify, develop, and deliver software, without defects, in short iterative delivery cycles.

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Overview

Summary

Specification by Example is an emerging practice for creating software based on realistic examples, bridging the communication gap between business stakeholders and the dev teams building the software. In this book, author Gojko Adzic distills interviews with successful teams worldwide, sharing how they specify, develop, and deliver software, without defects, in short iterative delivery cycles.

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Specification by Example is a collaborative method for specifying requirements and tests. Seven patterns, fully explored in this book, are key to making the method effective. The method has four main benefits: it produces living, reliable documentation; it defines expectations clearly and makes validation efficient; it reduces rework; and, above all, it assures delivery teams and business stakeholders that the software that's built is right for its purpose.

About the Book

This book distills from the experience of leading teams worldwide effective ways to specify, test, and deliver software in short, iterative delivery cycles. Case studies in this book range from small web startups to large financial institutions, working in many processes including XP, Scrum, and Kanban.

This book is written for developers, testers, analysts, and business people working together to build great software.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.

What's Inside

  • Common process patterns
  • How to avoid bad practices
  • Fitting SBE in your process
  • 50+ case studies

For additional resources go to specificationbyexample.com.

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Table of Contents

  1. Part 1 Getting started
  2. Key benefits
  3. Key process patterns
  4. Living documentation
  5. Initiating the changes

  6. Part 2 Key process patterns
  7. Deriving scope from goals
  8. Specifying collaboratively
  9. Illustrating using examples
  10. Refining the specification
  11. Automating validation without changing specifications
  12. Validating frequently
  13. Evolving a documentation system

  14. Part 3 Case studies
  15. uSwitch
  16. RainStor
  17. Iowa Student Loan
  18. Sabre Airline Solutions
  19. ePlan Services
  20. Songkick
  21. Concluding thoughts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617290084
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 324,746
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A UK based consultant, Gojko Adzic helps teams worldwide implement specification by example and agile testing practices. He has written two previous books on the subject and contributed to several open source projects supporting specification by example. Gojko is a frequent speaker at leading software development and testing conferences and runs the UK Agile Testing User Group.

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