What is BDD and how can it affect you?
Test and Monitor | Posted November 07, 2018

If you work in software development, there’s a high chance that you have heard of the term Behavior-driven development (BDD) before. But what is BDD? Is it an elusive term that teams are truly implementing or is it a pipe dream that teams wish they can achieve?

BDD is a software development process for teams to create simple scenarios on how an application should behave from the end user's perspective. The goal of implementing BDD testing is to improve collaboration between stakeholders, such as developers, testers, product managers, and business analysts. The BDD testing framework promises to address the need for automation that many agile development shops have, through free and open source frameworks like RSPEC, Cucumber, and Specflow.

Why should teams implement a BDD process?

If teams are already working in an agile environment, think of BDD as an additional tool to be more agile. BDD reimagines the approach to unit testing and acceptance testing by having teams work in shorter sprints to get the job done.

Why teams implement BDD can be boiled down into three factors:

  1. Collaboration: This process involves multiple stakeholders and their understanding of the project. Having all the stakeholders involved from the beginning and throughout the process fosters strong communication and engage in the product development cycle.
  2. Focus on End Users: BDD puts the customer’s vision in mind first. BDD focuses on the user’s view on how the application should behave. By focusing on the user’s view, this take out the “what-if’s” from all the different stakeholders to deliver the product in a shorter software development life cycle.
  3. Business Values: Implementing BDD automates redundant processes and creates structured scenarios by writing test scenarios in an easily-decipherable language – Gherkin. Eliminating lag time in between processes means that businesses can focus on client priorities and deliver results faster.

What do I need to implement a BDD process?

First, you need to analyze your team. What is the makeup of your team and do they have the right tools to get the job done? For example, if there is a team of software developers and QA testers working together using the same tool – that might not be the most efficient use of their skills. Developers are highly technical, and they are often comfortable in their own environment. In this case, Developers want to stay in their own coding environment like Visual Studios instead of jumping from one tool to the next.

This is where TestLeft comes into play. Testleft is an Automated UI Testing Tool that allows users to test code in the comforts of their own IDE. Key features of TestLeft include:

  1. Test speed creation - Automatically generate your application models and pages in “two clicks” with Our UI Object Spy. By doing this in two clicks, this saves you so much time with regards to test creation, but also test maintenance.
  2. Readability and collaboration - Anyone across the SDLC can understand the use requirement and collaborate for faster time to resolution to help create a more robust CI/CD pipeline for your DevOps ecosystem.
  3. Test Reusability - By building feature stories in BDD frameworks, you are creating modular test cases to easily be reused over again

Learn more about TestLeft and how it can help you here, and if you want to shift left now, download the free 30-day trial.


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