Agile Dev East 2017 Concurrent Session : They Said, We Said: Bridge the Communication Gap with Behavior-Driven Development


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

They Said, We Said: Bridge the Communication Gap with Behavior-Driven Development

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Have you heard that only 36 percent of business features built into software are actually used by end users? And why do we get functionality that fails to work as expected? One of the age-old problems between IT and our clients is that we don’t speak the same language. Sheetal Patel shares her experience of how behavior-driven development (BDD) introduces the bridge of common language that both IT and non-technical, business clients can speak to build the right product. Sheetal explains how collaborating on agile teams with BDD gains a common understanding among developers, testers, and business participants. Explore example-mapping techniques to collaborate on the problem domain and produce documents that become the single source for coding and automating tests. Join Sheetal as she explains BDD—what it is (and some of its common pitfalls), how it enables continuous delivery, and how you can incorporate it into your agile teams.

Sheetal Patel
The Vanguard Group

A program manager at the Vanguard Group, Sheetal Patel leads a transformational change to modernize how they develop and test software to enable continuous delivery. Sheetal’s team is responsible for bringing contemporary software testing practices to a development staff of more than 1,000 IT professionals. Her team’s mission is to be the leaders, experts, and innovators who partner with IT teams to accelerate and enable teams to adopt, apply, and realize a shift left testing process with its benefits. Sheetal has held various IT roles of web designer, information architect, business analyst, developer, QA manager, ScrumMaster, and release coordinator.