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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Neuri Limited (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955683610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955683619
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. He specialises in agile and lean quality improvement, in particular agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development.

Gojko's book Specification by Example was awarded the #2 spot on the top 100 agile books for 2012 and won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK agile award for the best online publication in 2010.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Crispin on January 30, 2009
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Teams transitioning to agile development tend to focus on process rather than values. But you can't simply master a set of practices and be successful. Your whole team needs to understand what your business needs so you can deliver value. Your whole team needs to commit to creating a quality product.

This book not only explains how to use examples to understand requirements and create tests that drive coding, it explains the cultural shift needed for successful software development. The author explains the communication gap, why we should care about it, and how we can fix it.

Whether you're new to agile development, or are on an experienced team wondering why you keep missing or misunderstanding the business requirements, this book delivers critical value.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bas Vodde on July 18, 2009
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"Bridging the communication gap" by Gojko Adzic is a much needed book on a very important topic that finally is deserving the attention it needs: Agile acceptance testing. This practice is also known as "automated acceptance testing" or as "acceptance-test-driven development." It has evolved over the last decade, but was known and used in a relative small group. Every year there would be a couple papers on the topic, Lasse Koskela covered it a bit in his "Test-Driven" but now finally Gojko takes the subject further and devotes a whole book on it.

What is it? Agile Acceptance Testing is a technique for closing the communication gap between business, developers and testers. A way to write specifications as examples which become executable. The specification are created together in a workshop and not handed over like traditional requirements.

The book is written in four parts. The first part is an introduction to the topic, describes an overview of the technique. An important part of this part (and the whole book) is the focus on communication instead of test. This is reflected in the excellent discussion about naming. Agile Acceptance Testing is perhaps one of the most poorly named practices, but... still... thats the name it became popular with (or with A-TDD). The second part is the most important parts of the book, which describes how to write specifications, why to work with examples, how to run specification workshops and what to do after these workshops. The part ends with a discussion about change in projects and how the automated acceptance test help with that.

The third part discusses implementation. It starts with how to fit this technique in an iteration and how to adopt the practice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre de Kruijf on March 21, 2013
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One of the first lessons of the book is that we in IT should pay more attention to the marketing of our methods.
Thet second big lesson that the book describes is how specifications can me made more clear by working together as a team and saving lots of time when we store the specifications in testing tools in a format that customers can read and understand.
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The concept of using real world examples that explicitly validate expected business outcomes of a product feature is both practical and very powerful. Crystalizing out the process details to do this in an Agile development cycle is what this book does, and it does it well.

Personally I find the style of writing rather dry so pushing ahead through the material takes some commitment, but it is worth it. The lessons, techniques and value of the results provide an excellent payoff.
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Clear, concise. I wish i read it years ago. Timeless pieces of information that will help you and your teams in understanding good communications and collaboration.
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