John Ferguson Smart

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About John Ferguson Smart

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 helps organisations and teams around the world deliver better software sooner through more effective collaboration and communication techniques, and through better technical practices.

John is the author of the best-selling BDD in Action, as well as Jenkins: The Definitive Guide and Java Power Tools.

Very active in the Open Source community, John also leads development on the innovative Serenity BDD test automation library, described as the "best opensource selenium webdriver framework".

About John's team

John could not do everything he does without help. John manages a team of developers who help maintain and support Serenity BDD for the open source community and for Enterprise clients. John also works with a number of world-class consultants and specialised consultancies on larger projects, which allows him to provide a comprehensive consulting service.

John is also supported by a dedicated administration team who help John focus on creating and delivering value for his clients.

Some of John's clients:

Some of John's clients

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

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