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Increase Collaboration and Drive Agility With Behavior-Driven Development

Published: 23 November 2015

ID: G00290543

Analyst(s): Bill Holz


Behavior-driven development enables agile development teams to produce more valuable software with fewer defects by improving business and IT collaboration. BDD processes and practices help teams to effect more value and increase delivery speed while reducing development and maintenance costs.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Behavior-Driven Development?
    • Conversations Are the Key to BDD
    • Comparison of BDD With TDD and ATDD
  • Benefits of BDD
    • Creating a Common Understanding of Requirements
    • Maintaining the Fidelity of System Specifications With Living Documentation
    • Managing Traceability With Executable Specifications
    • Ensuring the Definition of "Done"
    • Increasing Quality and Speed of Delivery
  • Getting Started With BDD
    • Conducting a Discovery Workshop
    • Creating BDD Features
    • Executable Specifications
    • Adding BDD to the Implementation Process
  • The BDD Toolbox
    • BDD Testing Tools
    • ADLM Tools
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Determine If Your Organization Is Ready to Adopt BDD
  • Assess Your Training Needs
  • Implement Acceptance Test Automation
  • Explore Using BDD With Legacy Systems

The Details

  • The Feature Definition Section of Feature Files
  • The Scenario Definition Section of Feature Files
  • How BDD Tools Execute the Test Scenarios

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