Write Right Agile User Story Acceptance Tests Right

Robin F. Goldsmith, JD, President of Go Pro Management, Inc.

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Many QA/testing professionals find themselves squeezed out of Agile projects, or mainly just writing user story acceptance tests, which often may be their major role even when still part of the Agile project team. Continued involvement makes it important to do it well. Frankly, though, many Agile project participants report great difficulty writing user stories and especially their acceptance tests.

Learn what use story acceptance tests need to demonstrate and why much of conventional wisdom about them is misleading or distracting. Practice key techniques for testing the right things and applying proven QA/testing concepts.

  • Why so many user story acceptance tests fail as tests.
  • Write acceptance tests to truly demonstrate their user stories have been met.
  • Go beyond the superficial Given-When-Then format to address key content.

About the Speaker:

Robin F. Goldsmith, JD is President of Go Pro Management and Vice President of SQGNE, and author of “Discovering REAL Business Requirements for Software Project Success” and the forthcoming “Cut Creep—Write Right Agile User Stories and Acceptance Tests Right.”

Robin is one of the few with legitimate credentials in both requirements/business analysis and QA/testing, as well as project and process management/measurement/improvement. Uniquely positioned to help you get right REAL value results right, he works directly with project teams assisting, coaching, and training business, systems, and project professionals on risk-based Proactive Software Quality Assurance™ and Proactive Testing™, REAL requirements, project management and leadership, REAL ROI™, metrics, outsourcing, and process improvement. Reach him at or

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