David Evans

Partner at Neuri Consulting at Neuri Consulting


Specification by Example
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
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Specification by Example (SBE) is the corner-stone of a successful software quality strategy in agile and lean processes. In this workshop we explore the process patterns that successful teams use to implement SBE, and give you practical experience of how to apply the technique to bridge the communication gap between stakeholders and implementation teams. You will be learning the tips and tricks that successful teams use to build quality into software from the start, as well as collaborative techniques to help design, develop and deliver systems fit for business purpose.

The workshop is aimed at product owners, testers, developers and business analysts. Through a series of facilitated exercises and group discussion, you will learn:

  • How to overcome problems of incomplete, unclear or ambiguous requirements
  • How to illustrate specifications with concrete examples to create a single source of truth for testing and development
  • Tips for how to run specification workshops to maximise collaboration and efficiency
  • Identifying the characteristics of good specifications and examples
  • How to create a living documentation system to add value to your process long-term

This is a hands-on tutorial, using group exercises and collaborative learning techniques to help you go beyond the theory, and give you insights into the subtleties for success and traps to avoid when creating agile specifications and testable examples of acceptance criteria. The secret for success with SBE is to be able to apply the concepts in practice – you will learn from an experienced coach the techniques for succeeding when using SBE in your own domain.

The course material is based on Gojko Adzic’s best-selling books Specification by Example and Bridging the Communication Gap, as well as Gojko and David’s new book 50 Quick Ideas to Improve your Tests.


David Evans is an experienced agile consultant, coach and trainer with over 25 years of IT experience. A thought-leader in the field of agile quality, he has provided training and consultancy for clients worldwide. A regular speaker at events and conferences across Europe, David was voted Best Keynote Speaker at Agile Testing Days 2013. He is co-author of the best-selling books 50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories and 50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests, and has also had several papers published in international IT journals. David is a partner in Neuri Consulting LLP.

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