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Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration (Net Objectives Lean-Agile Series) Paperback – January 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0321714084 ISBN-10: 0321714083 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Net Objectives Lean-Agile Series
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321714083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321714084
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development


Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development tells a tale about three fictive project stakeholders as they use agile techniques to plan and execute their project. The format works well for the book; this book is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to apply.”

–Johannes Brodwall, Chief Scientist, Steria Norway


“Agile development, some say, is all about pairing, and, yes, I’m a believer in the power of pairing. After reading this book, however, I became a fan of the ‘triad’–the customer or business analyst + the developer + the tester, who work collaboratively on acceptance tests to drive software development. I’ve written some patterns for customer interaction and some patterns for testing and I like what Ken Pugh has chosen to share with his readers in this down-to-earth, easy-to-read book. It’s a book full of stories, real case studies, and his own good experience. Wisdom worth reading!”

–Linda Rising, Coauthor of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas


“The Agile Manifesto, Extreme Programming, User Stories, and Test-Driven Development have enabled tremendous gains in software development; however, they’re not enough. The question now becomes ‘How can I ensure clear requirements, correct implementation, complete test coverage, and more importantly, customer satisfaction and acceptance?’ The missing link is acceptance as defined by the customer in their own domain language. Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development is the answer.”

–Bob Bogetti, Lead Systems Designer, Baxter Healthcare


“Ken Pugh’s Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development shows you how to integrate essential requirements thinking, user acceptance tests and sounds, and lean-agile practices, so you can deliver product requirements correctly and efficiently. Ken’s book shows you how table-driven specification, intertwined with requirements modeling, drives out acceptance criteria. Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development is an essential guide for lean-agile team members to define clear, unambiguous requirements while also validating needs with acceptance tests.”

–Ellen Gottesdiener, EBG Consulting,, Author of Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger


“If you are serious about giving Agile Testing a chance and only have time to read one book, read this one.”

–David Vydra,


“This book provides clear, straightforward guidance on how to use business-facing tests to drive software development. I’m excited about the excellent information in this book. It’s a great combination of the author’s experiences, references to other experts and research, and an example project that covers

many angles of ATDD. A wide range of readers will learn a lot that they can put to use, whether they work on projects that call themselves lean or agile or simply want to deliver the best possible software product.”

–Lisa Crispin, Agile Tester, ePlan Services, Inc., Author of Agile Testing

About the Author

Kenneth Pugh has over two-fifths of a century of software experience. Previously a principal at Pugh-Killeen Associates, he is now a fellow consultant for Net Objectives. He has developed software applications ranging from radar tracking to financial analysis. Responsibilities have included everything from gathering requirements to testing. After the start of the new millennium, he has worked with teams to create software more effectively with lean and agile processes. He has spoken at numerous national conferences; consulted and taught all over the world; and testified on technology topics. This is his seventh book. In 2006, his book Prefactoring won the Jolt Award [DrDobbs01]. In his spare time, he snowboards, windsurfs, and backpacks. Between 1997 and 2003, he completed the Appalachian Trail. The cover photograph of Mount Katahdin, the northern end of the trail, was taken by the author from Abol Bridge in Maine.

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Acceptance tests are defined in this book as the test created by the customer in collaboration with the developer and the tester prior to implementation. They are not the traditional user acceptance tests performed after implementation. Although acceptance tests can be used at different development stages, Ken Pugh proposes mainly in this book an approach where all project stakeholders will collaborate to create tests that validate business requirements.

The book is clearly written and easy to read. At the end of each chapter, a summary proposes the main points discussed. The author proposes a lot of practical examples and case studies that help to apply the concepts discussed to real cases. Some chapters are only focused on the "how to" aspect of ATDD and an appendix shows how to implement it with different tools like Fit or Cucumber.

As the book insists about the collaboration between the users, developers and testers, I can recommend it to all project team members that want to improve their communication with end users and achieve a better understanding of requirements.
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By Rico on January 16, 2013
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I found this book easy to follow because of the single example project which is followed through each chapter, to it's conclusion. There is more specific detail, even tool specific, than any other book I looked at on this topic. I am new to Agile and was worried about how to incorporate requirements and testing until I read this book. Acceptance Testing satisfied my concerns and I learned enough to be taken seriously in the Agile discussions. Thanks Ken.
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