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CQAA February 2020 Speaker Program: How to Implement ATDD from Scratch in Large Scale Agile Projects

  • 19 Feb 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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How to Implement ATDD from Scratch in Large Scale Agile Projects

Raj Subramanian, ChaiLatte Consulting

About the Topic

Collaboration is one of the core values of Agile. While I was working on a large project I noticed lack of collaboration between developers, QA's and business folks, lack of clarity in requirements, frequent scope creep into requirements, team having no visibility on the testing being done and finding defects late in the project lifecycle. Most importantly no one had any idea about our automation framework and all the automation tests were written after the features were deployed to QA. Based on these findings I started doing research on how people tackle these problems. As a result, I found ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development) as one of the approaches to mitigate some of these problems. It is often been used synonymously with BDD (Behavior Driven Development) and TDD (Test Driven Development).
The main distinction of ATDD compared to other approaches is, its focus on making developer, testers, business, product owners and other stakeholders collaborate and come up with a clear understanding of what needs to be implemented. It also focuses on how automation can be leveraged early in the SDLC. Come join me in this session, where I discuss the problems my team had before implementing ATDD and how I trained the entire team of 25 people on different practices to encourage collaboration, learning and re-instating the mindset of One Team, One Goal. I also discuss the process changes that happened due to ATDD, how my team could leverage test automation throughout this process and finally share the lessons learned from the implementation. This session is based on my real life experiences of how one single tester can make a HUGE impact in the team if they care about the testing craft and recognize collaboration is the KEY to successful delivery of products.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Discuss problems the team had before ATDD
  • Process changes we made with the implementation of ATDD
  • How we could leverage test automation in ATDD
  • Lessons Learned from the implementation

About the Speaker

Raj Subramanian is a speaker, writer and tech career coach at ChaiLatte Consulting. He helps developer tools and/or services companies build awareness, increase organic website traffic, and generate leads through content creation and social influencer marketing. He also provides tech career coaching to help professionals reach the next phase in their career paths and is a speaker for various events. He actively contributes thought leadership and enrichment to the software community through conference talks, contributed articles, blogs and YouTube videos, where he shares development, testing, leadership and productivity experiences gained through various life experiences. You can read Raj’s expertise on his personal website He can be reached at, or follow him on twitter - @epsilon11.


Hosted by Morningstar
22 W Washington St, Chicago
7th Floor Training Room


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Sign-in & Networking
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Announcements

2:15 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


Please register by February 17, 2020, at If you have any questions, please contact CQAA Program Director at

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