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Michelle Lauer: "From User Personas to Testing: A Project Manager's Journey towards Behat"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

DrupalCon Austin

Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701

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With a strong desire to reduce our technical & product debt, or at the very least stop adding more, our team explored options to optimize our QA process. We have landed at the beginning of a new journey starting with user personas and ending with automated testing.; behavior driven development (BDD) focuses on the users' experience as the primary deliverable.

"Behat is a tool that makes behavior driven development (BDD) possible. With BDD, you write human-readable stories that describe the behavior of your application. These stories can then be auto-tested against your application. And yes, it’s as cool as it sounds!"

The Process

  • Create personas. Understand "who" is your user base.
  • Write user stories. Figure out what they need/want.
  • Write Behat tests. Make the desired outcome testable.
  • Develop features. Match your specifications.
  • Run Behat test suites. Confirm you didn't break any existing functionality.

In addition to giving detailed examples, showing snippets of "human-readable" code, and running tests live, I'll share approaches to reach optimal code coverage. I am pleased to share this collaboration framework that allows stake holders, developers and everyone in between to finally speak the same language. Easily defined and agreed upon goals, written by both the planning and development teams means a target that can be reached. I will share all of the resources needed to start a Behat initiative in your organization.

Michelle Lauer

Michelle Lauer is a developer, themer, and trainer working as a Technical Project Manager for BioRAFT. With 8 years of Drupal experience and an innate attention to detail, Michelle guides the developmental team through planning, code review and testing.

Michelle is a frequent presenter at DrupalCons and DrupallCamps. Not only is Michelle a contributing author for the highly acclaimed book, The Definitive Guide to Drupal, but she organizes Drupal Nights and coordinates the Manchester, NH Meetup as well. Her dedication to the Drupal community awarded her a scholarship to DrupalCon Copenhagen.

When Michelle isn’t fulfilling her passion as a Drupal developer and community advocate, she is an aspiring archer and outdoor enthusiast.