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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Neuri Limited (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955683610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955683619
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Gojko Adzic was bitten by the specification-by-example bug five years ago. He has helped numerous teams implement these practices, written two previous books on the subject and contributed to several open source projects supporting specification by example. Gojko is a frequent speaker at leading software development and testing conferences and runs the UK Agile Testing User Group.


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I bought this book after attending a seminar on testing using Fitnesse by the author.

The book is an excellent introduction to agile acceptance testing explaining the concepts, tools available and practices. The book reads very well and the author has also obviously done his research and I learnt a lot from reading it having only recently fully embraced agile methodologies.
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This book covers some all important missing pieces from many software development teams.

If the thought of developing software without the ambiguity of requirements appeals to you, this is the book to read.
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An enjoyable read that gives a satisfactory introduction into improving your software development process with the help of "specification by example" practices. The author spends plenty of time highlighting and addressing subtle and important issues that come up during typical software development life cycle for analysts, testers and developers. He explains in detail how "specification by example" (used interchangeably with "agile acceptance testing") can heighten effective levels of collaboration during a typical development iteration and lead to nipping common issues in the bud and improving the engagement of all involved.
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Gojko is a bit of a phenomenon here in London.

He makes sense in a field where relatively few people actually know what they're talking about. At the core, he understands that specification examples are about communication, with regression as a bonus, and that it takes effort and taste to get the (substantial) benefits from applying the technique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much needed book. 18 July 2009
By Bas Vodde - Published on Amazon.com
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"Bridging the communication gap" by Gojko Adzic is a much needed book on a very important topic that finally is deserving the attention it needs: Agile acceptance testing. This practice is also known as "automated acceptance testing" or as "acceptance-test-driven development." It has evolved over the last decade, but was known and used in a relative small group. Every year there would be a couple papers on the topic, Lasse Koskela covered it a bit in his "Test-Driven" but now finally Gojko takes the subject further and devotes a whole book on it.

What is it? Agile Acceptance Testing is a technique for closing the communication gap between business, developers and testers. A way to write specifications as examples which become executable. The specification are created together in a workshop and not handed over like traditional requirements.

The book is written in four parts. The first part is an introduction to the topic, describes an overview of the technique. An important part of this part (and the whole book) is the focus on communication instead of test. This is reflected in the excellent discussion about naming. Agile Acceptance Testing is perhaps one of the most poorly named practices, but... still... thats the name it became popular with (or with A-TDD). The second part is the most important parts of the book, which describes how to write specifications, why to work with examples, how to run specification workshops and what to do after these workshops. The part ends with a discussion about change in projects and how the automated acceptance test help with that.

The third part discusses implementation. It starts with how to fit this technique in an iteration and how to adopt the practice. Next is a chapter on user stories and its relationship with acceptance tests. Then the part dives in the tools by first covering the current tools and then discussing the requirements for the future tools. The last part of the book describes the impact of agile acceptance testing on the different functions: business analyst, developer and tester.

Bridging the Communication Gap is a small book (300 pages) and is easy to read. It could have been smaller, the writing is sometimes a little too wordy. It doesn't contain too much pictures, which is too bad when a book talks so much about workshops. Yet, despite these drawbacks, I think this is an excellent book and a much needed contribution to the modern software development/agile development literature. It was one of the few practices that did not have its own book yet and Gojko provided that.

I was doubting between 4 and 5 stars for this review. 4 because this book is certainly not perfect. 5 stars because it is good still. Because this is a first in a new area and because I consider this an important area, I decided to go for 5 stars. This will certainly be a book that I will be recommending to other people (and in fact, I already have). Great work Gojko!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering Value - a cultural shift 30 Jan. 2009
By Lisa Crispin - Published on Amazon.com
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Teams transitioning to agile development tend to focus on process rather than values. But you can't simply master a set of practices and be successful. Your whole team needs to understand what your business needs so you can deliver value. Your whole team needs to commit to creating a quality product.

This book not only explains how to use examples to understand requirements and create tests that drive coding, it explains the cultural shift needed for successful software development. The author explains the communication gap, why we should care about it, and how we can fix it.

Whether you're new to agile development, or are on an experienced team wondering why you keep missing or misunderstanding the business requirements, this book delivers critical value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bridging IT worlds. 21 Mar. 2013
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One of the first lessons of the book is that we in IT should pay more attention to the marketing of our methods.
Thet second big lesson that the book describes is how specifications can me made more clear by working together as a team and saving lots of time when we store the specifications in testing tools in a format that customers can read and understand.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent concept and practices to improve requirements definition 4 Jan. 2014
By Chris Crafford - Published on Amazon.com
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The concept of using real world examples that explicitly validate expected business outcomes of a product feature is both practical and very powerful. Crystalizing out the process details to do this in an Agile development cycle is what this book does, and it does it well.

Personally I find the style of writing rather dry so pushing ahead through the material takes some commitment, but it is worth it. The lessons, techniques and value of the results provide an excellent payoff.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide! 30 Sept. 2015
By CollinK - Published on Amazon.com
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This method of agile acceptance testing for specifying requirements is specific and so thoroughly helps to communicate what is being talked about and agree on it - it really is useful to all parts of the project and implementation. Gojko gives good examples and summaries of techniques and makes the process clear.
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