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Engage! Bringing teams together to deliver software that makes a difference

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John delivers a Keynote at the IMWorld 2017 conference in Romania on the topic of bringing teams together to deliver software that makes a difference:

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Intent-Driven Development – the hidden key to BDD

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Intent-Driven Development. It’s not a new agile fad – it’s just articulating an approach that works well for a lot of experienced practitioners. Whether they know it or not. When I train and coach development teams, I like to talk about Intent-Driven Development. Don’t worry – Intent-Driven Development is not the latest agile trend. Rather,…

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Persona Step Libraries in Serenity BDD

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Serenity 1.6.3 comes with a new step library feature called Persona Step Libraries. Persona Step Libraries help you make your test code more intuitive and more readable. You can check out the full release announcement on our new Rocket Chat forum. Serenity has always tried to make it easy to organise your test code into appropriate…

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All you need to know about Serenity BDD Step Libraries

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In Serenity 1.6.0, we have refactored how step libraries are managed, to make them more intuitive and easier to understand. Basic step libraries In Serenity, we use step libraries to better organise our test logic into reusable components. Step libraries are often used to represent actors or persona who interact with the application. For example,…

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Exponential Learning – the key to effective Lean/Agile practices

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In lean/agile software development, learning is not a byproduct; learning is the most valuable output. To up our game, we don’t just need to learn how to build and deliver better software. We need to learn how to learn better. And one of the keys to learning better and faster is measuring how well we…

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How not to prepare test data in JBehave and Cucumber

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Preparing test data is hard, avoiding duplication and unnecessary setup time are common issues in all test automation. But it is especially important when we automate acceptance criteria using BDD tools such as JBehave and Cucumber. Duplicating setup logic in each scenario can lead to cluttered and hard-to-read scenarios. And having to inject the same…

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Announcing the Serenity Dojo’s “BDD with Cucumber and Serenity” online course

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Great news! We have launched our brand new BDD with Cucumber and Serenity course! Two modules (about 45 minutes of video) are currently online, with 9 more modules planned for the coming months, with the first one free to try out. Those of you who have enrolled in the The Serenity BDD Combo Package will…

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Running Cucumber with Serenity feature files directly from IntelliJ

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IntelliJ provides excellent integrated support for Cucumber feature files. You can even run features simply by right-clicking on the feature file. But this won’t work when you are using Cucumber with Serenity, as Serenity needs to instrument the feature file before execution. Fortunately, this is easy to fix. Here’s how: Click on the feature file you…

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Sharing state between steps in Serenity BDD

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Whether you are using Cucumber, JBehave or just JUnit, Serenity BDD encourages a layered, structured approach to automation. The reason for this is simply that it makes the tests easier to understand and maintain, and faster to write in the medium term. But people often wonder what is the best approach to share information between…

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The Art of Building Autonomous Teams

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If you are a large organisation trying to become “agile”, autonomous teams seem to be the Holy Grail. Spotify-style squads are where we want to be. We all want our teams to be lean, mean, agile machines, delivering business value wherever they go. But agile transformation is hard. It isn’t something you can turn on…

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