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The Cucumber Book, 2nd Edition by Steve Tooke, Aslak Hellesoy, Matt Wynne

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Managing Your Work in Progress (WIP)

Having a lot of pending or half-implemented features and scenarios is something you should try to avoid. It makes it hard to stay focused, and it also has a negative effect on the lead time—the time from starting to releasing—of each feature.[52] A common term for started but unfinished work is work in progress, often called just WIP. If the team keeps a low number of WIP, the lead time of each feature will also be lower.

Cucumber can help you manage your WIP with the help of tags and the --wip option. Try to make it a habit to tag each scenario that is being worked on with @wip and remove the tag when it passes. Let’s say your team has agreed to always keep the WIP at or below three scenarios. To enforce ...

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