Using collaboration, communication and fast feedback to build high-performance teams that deliver real value sooner.

John Ferguson Smart

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‘The flow’ is that state of mind of optimal concentration where we are fully focused and hyperproductive, where we feel and perform our best. Now imagine if you could get a whole team, even the business sponsors, into the flow. Imagine what you could achieve.

Inspires

Speaker & Author

John is a regular speaker at international conferences and internal events known for his energy, passion and humour, and the author of several best-selling books.

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Advises

Facilitator & coach

John advises and assists organisations in their journey towards more effective collaboration and software delivery practices.

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Elevates

Trainer & mentor

John runs a range of public and in-house training and mentoring programs.

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John is an international speaker, consultant, author and trainer well known in the Agile community for his many books, articles and presentations, particularly in areas such as BDD, TDD, test automation, software craftsmanship and team collaboration. John is also the author of the best-selling BDD in Action, as well as Jenkins: The Definitive Guide and Java Power Tools.

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Serenity BDD

John is the founder and technical lead of the Serenity BDD Open Source library. Serenity BDD helps you write better, more effective automated acceptance tests, and use these acceptance tests to produce world-class test reports and functional documentation.

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Serenity BDD

What John's happy clients are saying

Uplifted our development practices and culture

The results were amazing

Increased productivity and improved testing cycle time

Already proven highly valuable


I've had the pleasure of working with John as a repeat customer for almost a decade. During this time John has helped to educate and mentor our staff to become better cross functional delivery teams. John’s technical and coaching skills are highly developed. In addition, he is a thought leader and expert who has a deep and thorough knowledge of BDD, Agile development, software development, DevOps and Continuous Delivery, programming languages and build and test tools. I have not come across anyone in the world who has such a high level of expertise across so many technologies and practices.

John’s easy going coaching style and knack of teaching complex practices, tools and technologies in a way that is easy to understand, has helped me to uplift our development practices and culture to the next level, across multiple business units. I have no hesitation in recommending John’s services in the highest terms.

Trevor Vella, Delivery Practice Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia


Recently as part of Transport for New South Wales's Open Data project, where application developers can obtain multi modal journey trip planning data for presentation on mobile device applications such as Opal Travel, one of the teams that John trained was assigned a project that had taken previous teams within the organisation years with no results. We had never applied BDD to a data centric project before and the results were amazing. They were able to deliver the project in four months. They released with no defects and a living specification that describes the behaviour of the data integration in simple business terms.

The business is very happy about the team's ability to deliver quickly, with such visibility and with such high quality. I wouldn't hesitate to say that it was a world class effort.

We are now using BDD for the development of cloud automation. We plan to use it to certify servers based on enterprise hardening requirements and behavoural requirements.

Trevor Vella, Delivery Practice Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia


With John's help, adopting BDD and Serenity framework has increased productivity and improved testing cycle time by approximately 20%.

Oshri Zvi, Software Development Manager, BPay


John was instrumental in introducing BDD into Transport for New South Wales, and the results were astounding. We have just finished a data integration project, using SAP BI tools, which drives a major part of the bus realtime phone apps and in the few months, will drive all bus timetables through 131500 trip planner.

Thanks to our BDD practices, we can run full regression tests in 6 minutes, which is incredible! The best bit is the communications afforded by the "living documentation" we are now providing to the business.

This has already proven highly valuable when a mismatch in logic between the static provider (us) and the realtime bus tracking service occurred. Within a few minutes an email with all the features/scenarios allowed all parties to fully understand what our static provider code was producing.

The quality achieved, considering the complexity of some areas of the code, was very impressive.

Ian Mansell, Technical Delivery Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia

Uplifted our development practices and culture


I've had the pleasure of working with John as a repeat customer for almost a decade. During this time John has helped to educate and mentor our staff to become better cross functional delivery teams. John’s technical and coaching skills are highly developed. In addition, he is a thought leader and expert who has a deep and thorough knowledge of BDD, Agile development, software development, DevOps and Continuous Delivery, programming languages and build and test tools. I have not come across anyone in the world who has such a high level of expertise across so many technologies and practices.

John’s easy going coaching style and knack of teaching complex practices, tools and technologies in a way that is easy to understand, has helped me to uplift our development practices and culture to the next level, across multiple business units. I have no hesitation in recommending John’s services in the highest terms.

Trevor Vella, Delivery Practice Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia

The results were amazing


Recently as part of Transport for New South Wales's Open Data project, where application developers can obtain multi modal journey trip planning data for presentation on mobile device applications such as Opal Travel, one of the teams that John trained was assigned a project that had taken previous teams within the organisation years with no results. We had never applied BDD to a data centric project before and the results were amazing. They were able to deliver the project in four months. They released with no defects and a living specification that describes the behaviour of the data integration in simple business terms.

The business is very happy about the team's ability to deliver quickly, with such visibility and with such high quality. I wouldn't hesitate to say that it was a world class effort.

We are now using BDD for the development of cloud automation. We plan to use it to certify servers based on enterprise hardening requirements and behavoural requirements.

Trevor Vella, Delivery Practice Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia

Increased productivity and improved testing cycle time


With John's help, adopting BDD and Serenity framework has increased productivity and improved testing cycle time by approximately 20%.

Oshri Zvi, Software Development Manager, BPay

Already proven highly valuable


John was instrumental in introducing BDD into Transport for New South Wales, and the results were astounding. We have just finished a data integration project, using SAP BI tools, which drives a major part of the bus realtime phone apps and in the few months, will drive all bus timetables through 131500 trip planner.

Thanks to our BDD practices, we can run full regression tests in 6 minutes, which is incredible! The best bit is the communications afforded by the "living documentation" we are now providing to the business.

This has already proven highly valuable when a mismatch in logic between the static provider (us) and the realtime bus tracking service occurred. Within a few minutes an email with all the features/scenarios allowed all parties to fully understand what our static provider code was producing.

The quality achieved, considering the complexity of some areas of the code, was very impressive.

Ian Mansell, Technical Delivery Manager, Transport for NSW, Sydney Australia

John's current and upcoming books:

Team Flow

Upcoming Book: Team Flow

BDD in Action

BDD in Action

Jenkins: The Definitive Guide

Jenkins: The Definitive Guide

Java Power Tools

Java Power Tools

Some of John's clients:

Some of John's clients

John's businesses and associations

  • Test Automation
  • Wakaleo Consulting
  • Emagine
  • CloudBees
  • Learning Connexions