BDD Kickstart - 2 day BDD training

BDD Kickstart is a two-day training in the fundamentals of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Cucumber. Thousands of agile teams are benefiting from clearer understanding and greater collaboration between business and IT that BDD brings.

By the end of this course you will acquire the fundamental technical and non-technical skills required to confidently practise BDD.

This course is based on proven and practical techniques, which we've taught to hundreds of ambitious teams around the world.

Both days are led by Ryan Marsh, an accomplished trainer, coach and associate of Cucumber Ltd.

Download our BDD Benefits PDF to learn more about how BDD can impact your business.


Day 1 - BDD Fundamentals

The first day is applicable to "the whole team". (BAs, product owners, domain experts, UX designers, developers, testers, and any other important stakeholders).

Day 1 will give a thorough introduction to BDD, which is the process that Cucumber supports. There is no automation on this day; the focus is on analysis and collaboration techniques.

We’ll teach you Example Mapping - a powerful technique we have developed to help business, IT and QA break requirements down into concrete examples. This exposes misunderstandings early and will help you write better executable specifications and automated tests later.

Learning outcomes

  • The fundamental principles and practices of BDD
  • The importance of Rules and Examples
  • Translating examples into Gherkin - Cucumber’s format for executable specifications
  • Conversation patterns for discovering edge cases
  • The importance of a ubiquitous language for problems and solutions
  • Using Example Mapping and Discovery Workshops to achieve shared understanding
  • Roles and responsibilities on a BDD team

Day 2 - BDD with Cucumber

This day is a solid introduction to test-driven development (TDD) with Cucumber. You will learn to write executable specifications with Gherkin - Cucumber’s plain-text format for automated tests. You will also learn how to use Cucumber to drive the development of a system, and see the design of the system gradually emerge. You’ll end up with a system that does the right thing, and is easy to test.

This day is designed for developers and testers, non-technical people are welcome, but they may find things start to get beyond their comfort zone.

Learning outcomes

  • Installing Cucumber and setting up your development environment
  • The TDD / BDD cycle
  • Writing your first scenario
  • Writing step definitions
  • Using parameters in step definitions
  • Techniques to keep your test code clean
  • Backgrounds, Tags, Tables, Scenario Outlines and other Gherkin tricks
  • Domain modelling by Example
  • Costs & benefits of working test-first

Delegates will benefit from

  • Increased confidence, due to extensive practical exercises
  • Deeper understanding, through guided discussions
  • Smoother collaboration, by building an understanding of how BDD practices can best be incorporated into their own development process
  • Improved productivity, from experiencing and overcoming common obstacles before returning to the workplace


Ryan Marsh

Ryan Marsh

Ryan Marsh is an agile coach, trainer, and hacker who works with enterprise software development teams to help them be their very best. Ryan believes enterprise software development can be fun, rewarding, and move at high speed no matter the industry. Ryan has helped technology teams supercharge their development at some of America’s most well-known companies. Ryan is a self taught hacker with a varied background in technology. He is also US Army veteran. Ryan leverages this unique perspective to help teams reach their full potential.

Ryan can be found on Twitter, @ryan_marsh

Training Location + Times

The training will take place at the ESO Solutions offices in The Domain.

Both days will be held in the ESO Solutions offices in The Domain at 11500 Alterra Pkwy #100, Austin, TX 78758.

The training location is a 30-minute drive from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport or a 20-minute drive from downtown Austin.

Each day will start at 9.30 AM and finish at 4.30 PM.

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