Two Days Behavior Driven Development (BDD) Workshop

Over the past decade, eXtreme Programming practices like User Stories, Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Developer (BDD), Refactoring, Continuous Integration and Automation have fundamentally changed software development processes and inherently how engineers work.

BDD is practice for efficiently evolving useful code. While its name implies that it's mostly about development, BDD is primarily about collaboration and delivering business value: it keeps programmers focused on exactly what they need to build and helps them avoid over-engineering.

This workshop offers a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to behavior driven development via interactive discussions, multimedia content, hands-on exercises and quizzes. We'll demonstrate the BDD Rhythm. Also explore the foundations of BDD with the help of various patterns, strategies and your programming language specific BDD tools & techniques. Participants will understand how BDD simplifies evolving lean, valuable, useful, fully specified software.

We'll give a small live demo of BDD and then Participants will get their hands dirty by using these techniques on different problems using their language specific BDD tools. We'll conclude by highlighting the key benefits, common challenges and different styles of BDD.

Acceptance Test Driven Development

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how the whole team collaborates around scenarios to support development
  • Learn to drive the development (design and implementation) of a User Story using BDD.
  • Collaboratively define scenarios that refine and clarify user stories.
  • Discover improved confidence & increase in development speed by writing behavior first.
  • Learn various techniques and strategies to write acceptance criteria for your user stories.
  • Practice key techniques to collaborate between business and tech to flush out scenarios, which helps your team deliver business value faster.

Course Outline

  • Discovering User Stories
    • Quick introduction to User Story Mapping
    • Crafting INVESTable User Stories
    • Defining SMART Acceptance Criteria
  • Specifying Scenarios
    • Importance of Scenarios (The Power of Examples)
    • Effective Collaboration techniques to flush out valid Scenario
    • Documenting Scenarios with Gherkin
    • Patterns for Writing meaningful Scenarios
    • Demo of using Gherkin to document an entire Application
  • Automating Scenarios
    • What Will We Automate & How?
    • Automation Tools
    • Your First Automated Scenario
    • Automating Scenarios: Getting Beyond the Basics
    • Dealing with Obstacles: Randomness, External Systems, etc.
  • Implementing Behaviour-Driven Development
    • Driving Implementation and Design from Scenarios
    • Creating an Application from Scratch using Scenarios
    • Automation Hazards
    • Safe Automation Practices

Strongly Recommended

  • 1 or 2 Days of Mentoring via Pair Programming with Developers on your code base
    • To get your team kick-started with the learning from the workshop, we recommend, that our trainer spends a day or two, working with your team on your code base.
    • Each day will be reserved for 4 pair programming sessions. During these sessions, the workshop participants will take specific examples from their projects, where they are finding it difficult to apply any of the practices learned in the workshop. The trainer will then pair with an individual to show how to resolve those challenges.
    • At the end of the day, the 4 volunteers will summarize their learning by showing before and after code from their respective pairing session to the rest of the group.
  • Pre-Post Programming Assessment
    • The goal of these programming assessments is to identify real and quantifiable measures for the learning achieved through our workshop.
    • Objective:
      • Get a quick understanding of your knowledge and skill level with respect to Designing & Programming
      • Establish a baseline against which the effectiveness of the workshop may be measured
      • Customize our workshop based on specific areas identified in this assessment
    • Pre-Assessment: Before the workshop, we'll send a problem description, your developers will spend max 4 hours and solve the problem and send us the code. We'll evaluate the code and send you detailed feedback about the code, including areas for improvement. We can send different types of problems (fresh development, cleaning up existing code and so on.)
    • Post-Assessment: 2 week after the workshop, we send another problem and evaluate the solution code. A comparison between the Pre and Post Assessment should be able to clearly quantify per-participant level improvement.
    • Click on the image to download the sample report...

Programming Assessment Sample Report

Method of Instruction

  • Interactive Dialogues, Programming Exercises, Demos, and Instructional Games

Transfer %

  • Knowledge: 50%, Skill-Building: 50%

Target Audience

  • Primary: Product Owners, Business Analysts, Sr. Programmers, Architects, Testers
  • Secondary: Technical Managers, Technical Writers, User Experience Designers

Course Level

  • Beginner to Intermediate

Course Prerequisites

  • Required: solid hands-on understanding of the life-cycle of software projects
  • Highly Recommended: some understanding of OO concepts and an OO language

General Requirements

To ensure a successful class, we require the following facilities:

  • VGA projector (1024x768 minimum) & Projector screen
  • 1 White board & Dry erase markers
  • Cluster seating with 5-6 people on each table
  • 1 Flip chart with the stand and marker pens for each table
  • Notepad and Pen for each participant
  • Ample room for students in terms of room size and set up
  • For Dev trainings: at least one powerful workstation between two programmers

Development Tools

Java C# JavaScript C/C++ Ruby PHP Flex


"Inversion of Software Development", that's what Naresh gave me through his 5 days workshop at Amazon. He is one of the best mentors I encountered in my career.

The way he tries to explain TDD and Design principles with practical approaches, always challenging the concepts which we used to think were industry standards. Learning through his workshop, now coding is like blogging, drop dead simple, and you don't look back.

I hope we had more dojos like Naresh mentoring people in Indian Software Industries to let them know what real clean software development is all about. To sum up he instilled the idea - "Perfection isn't the goal, it's the baseline." about software development in me.

-- Rajat Talwar, Software Engineer II, Amazon

I recently met Naresh Jain during Test Driven Development(TDD) training at my current organisation. He is very knowledgeable and also very effective as a trainer. His enthusiasm and confidence is a game-changer when it comes to motivating the workshop participants.

I've really benefited from his training and by applying TDD in my day-to-day work . It was a great experience and I wish, I could get a chance to work with him on a real project.

-- Lokesh Gaur, Technical Lead,Samsung Research

It's been 3 weeks since I had the opportunity to attend a 3-Day TDD workshop followed by a 3-Day Design Patterns workshop by Naresh Jain. Post the workshops; I was able to fully test drive a feature that is already in production.

I had many take-away from his workshops, but the most important ones were - 1. It gave me the confidence that with TDD you can come up with good designs, 2. Learnt refactoring techniques and IDE tricks, 3. Got a deeper understanding of design values, principles and patterns. 4. Identifying code smells (the codes that I was proud of, now all I see there is code smells :P). But thanks to Naresh I know how to make it right.

-- Chandan Kumar, Software Development Engineer, Amazon

Rarely have I met a trainer who was truly hands-on. The depth of knowledge and on-field experience of Naresh Jain is truly inspiring. His proficiency in agile techniques and TDD is bleeding edge.

We have benefited immensely in barely three days of TDD training with him. We wish he was on our team here in EMC2.

-- Vimal Kumar, Principal Software Engineer, EMC2

Recently I attended Naresh's workshop on Test Driven Development (TDD) at Amazon, Hyderabad. It was a great learning experience and an eye-opener in few cases.

He is very involved with the Agile community and has worked with a lot of industry experts. That's the best part of getting trained by him. He is up-to-date with the latest trends and his skills are very relevant.

Naresh's in-depth knowledge and great attitude, fueled by his passion for technology makes him a great techie to work with. I had a great experience and would highly recommend him for training/coaching or even just to have good discussions.

-- Akshay Johri, Software Development Engineer, Amazon

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