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Specification by Example

How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software

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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.

About the Technology
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

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Table of Contents
Part 1 Getting started
Part 2 Key process patterns
Part 3 Case studies
  1. Key benefits
  2. Key process patterns
  3. Living documentation
  4. Initiating the changes
  5. Deriving scope from goals
  6. Specifying collaboratively
  7. Illustrating using examples
  8. Refining the specification
  9. Automating validation without changing specifications
  10. Validating frequently
  11. Evolving a documentation system
  12. uSwitch
  13. RainStor
  14. Iowa Student Loan
  15. Sabre Airline Solutions
  16. ePlan Services
  17. Songkick
  18. Concluding thoughts

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.