STARWEST 2023 Tutorial: BDD for Champions!


Monday, October 2, 2023 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

BDD for Champions!

Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) is a set of pragmatic practices that prioritizes our focus on the behaviors we want to develop. Why? Users get value out of good behaviors. If we focus on developing high-quality features that users want, then everything else falls into place. In the first half of this workshop, we will explore behaviors for an example product using a group activity called Example Mapping. Then, in the second half, we will refine all the scenarios for those behaviors by writing Gherkin "Given-When-Then" scenarios that follow the Arrange-Act-Assert pattern. Through these two activities, you will learn how to shift left with better collaboration. You will also recognize how behavior specs and test cases are two sides of the same coin. Although we won't cover BDD test automation directly, you will be able to define awesome behaviors/tests that can be automated using any BDD test automation framework.

Andrew Knight

Andrew Knight is the Automation Panda and a Developer Advocate at Applitools. He strives to help others in solving problems in software development, testing, and quality. Over the past decade, he has designed and built robust test automation projects from the ground up that can run thousands of tests continuously. He is the author of the upcoming book The Way To Test Software from Manning Publications, and he is also the lead developer for Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay Pattern. Read his tech blog at and follow him on Twitter.

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Sarah Watkins is a Software Engineer in Test at Q2 where she works on an automated end-to-end web UI testing solution that continuously runs thousands of tests daily. She also shares her knowledge of best practices and good coding methodologies with other teams. In addition to this, she is a maintainer for Boa Constrictor, an open-source implementation of the .NET Screenplay Pattern. Sarah is passionate about doing quality work and applying her skills to make a beneficial impact on others. She is active in pursuing her Christian faith and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.