28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK


Winning big with Specification by Example

27 September 2016 9:00 - 17:00

Full day workshop with Gojko Adzic


Specification by example (SBE) is a collaborative approach to defining requirements and tests for based on capturing realistic examples instead of abstract statements. It is the corner-stone of any successful requirements and testing and requirements strategy with agile and lean processes, such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Kanban.


This one day awareness seminar is aimed to motivate and inform a larger group about behaviour driven development and specification by example. As a result, the participants will have a good foundation for further research and adopt the chosen practice faster by avoiding common problems.

Specific takeaways

This seminar is based on Gojko Adzic’s books Specification by Example, Bridging the Communication Gap and Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests. The key learning objectives for the participants are:

  • key benefits that successful teams get from specification by example
  • key principles underlying successful process implementations: deriving scope from goals, specifying collaboratively, illustrating using examples, refining specifications, automating validation without changing specifications, validating frequently and evolving a living documentation system
  • key practices to support the principles, and how teams use them in different contexts, from investment banking to web development, from small collocated teams to distributed groups of teams
  • how specification by example fits into Kanban/Scrum
  • getting started – key steps to take and key things to watch out for

About Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to align software delivery with business goals, and improve the quality of their software products and processes.

Gojko specialises in are agile and lean quality improvement, in particular impact mapping, agile testing, specification by example and behaviour driven development.

Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.

Gojko is a frequent keynote speaker at leading software development conferences, and one of the authors of MindMup.


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