STARWEST 2024 Tutorial: BDD for Champions!


Monday, September 23, 2024 - 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
Cycle Labs

Andrew Knight, also known as “Pandy,” is the Automation Panda. He’s a software quality champion who loves to help people build better quality software. Currently, he works as the Senior Director of Product Management at Cycle Labs, focusing on building an excellent test automation platform for enterprise systems. Previously, Pandy spent a decade as a SDET building solutions to testing problems at various tech companies. He also previously led Developer Relations and Test Automation University at Applitools. As an avid supporter of open source software, Pandy is a Playwright Ambassador as well as the lead developer for Boa Constrictor, the .NET Screenplay Pattern. On the side, he is writing a book on software testing with Manning Publications. Apart from software, Pandy spends time with his family, his French Bulldog, and his vintage Volkswagens. Check out his tech blog at, and follow him on Twitter at @AutomationPanda.

Sarah Watkins Headshot

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.