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Broken Agile: Stories from the Trenches, Second Edition by Tim Brizard

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CHAPTER 15

Specifications and Testing

Having good User Stories, acceptance criteria, and functional tests are all critical to being successful in Agile software development. The value of good acceptance criteria and using BDD to drive your design is something that Agile teams need to understand. The importance of investing in automated functional tests is also something that needs to be understood and invested in. Often teams waste a lot of time on writing documents in multiple places and keeping them synchronized. Quickly these get outdated and very rarely reflect what the software is actually doing. I think a better approach is to have what Gojko Adzic calls “living documentation.”

Real-Life Stories

Story 1: Missing Good Acceptance Criteria ...

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