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Session: Alternatives to Acceptance Testing

Thursday, 11:20 - 12:10
Track: Realizing business ideas

Acceptance-Test Driven Development, or ATDD, is all the rage. It seems simple and obvious: Take the successful concept of test-driven development, add user acceptance tests, and profit! But James Shore thinks differently. James was an early adopter of ATDD and project coordinator for Fit, the first tool for ATDD. From those experiences, he learned that automated acceptance tests often result in high maintenance costs over time without yielding the expected benefits. In this session, James will discuss his experiences with ATDD and share a set of alternative practices that achieve the same value for lower cost.


Familiarity with agile development a plus.


Overview of programming, QA, and team techniques to eliminate defects with a minimum of acceptance testing.

James Shore

James Shore is a thought leader in the Agile software development community. He consults with development teams worldwide to help them achieve high throughput, market focus, productivity, and quality. James is the co-author of The Art Of Agile Development (O'Reilly, 2007). You can find more of his writing on his "Art of Agile" blog at

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