I recently started writing user stories and acceptance tests. My first drafts of acceptance tests were bad. There was little clarity around what I would actually be delivering to the client and a lot of ambiguity.

It’s important to make sure you and the client, whether that person is part of you own company or a company that you are consulting for, are on the same page. The last thing you would want would be to do a week’s worth of work and then have the client disagree with the deliverables.

The Given/When/Then strategy for writing user stories and acceptance tests made it significantly easier for me to think through all the features needed and estimate how long it would take to complete the features. Continue reading