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CQAA February 2014 Speaker Program: Model-Based Testing: Taking BDD/ATDD to the Next Level

  • 25 Feb 2014
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • TEKsystems 111 N Canal Street Chicago, Il 60606 9th Floor


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Model-Based Testing: Taking BDD/ATDD to the Next Level
Bob Binder

*If you previously signed up for this program in January, you do not need to register again. If you cannot attend this program on the rescheduled date, please send an email to to cancel your registration.

About the Topic

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) are well-established Agile practices that rely on the knowledge and intuition of testers, product owners, and developers to identify and then translate statements into test suites. But the resulting test suites often cover only a small slice of happy-path behavior. And, as a BDD specification and its associated test code base grows over time, work to maintain it either crowds out new development and testing or, typically, is simply ignored. Either is high-risk. That’s how Agile teams get eaten by the testing BackBlob.

Model Based Testing (MBT) is a tool-based approach to automate the creation of test cases. This presentation will outline the techniques and benefits of MBT, and show how model-based testing can address both problems. A detailed demo of Spec Explorer, a free model-based testing tool, will follow, to show an example of how a model is constructed and used to create and maintain a test suite.

Key Learning Objectives

  • A description of ATDD and examples using SpecFlow
  • Some possible pitfalls in ATDD
  • A description of MBT techniques and benefits
  • Coding and using a model in Spec Explorer
About the Speaker

Bob Binder is a high-assurance thought leader, serial entrepreneur, and software technologist with extensive systems engineering experience. He has developed hundreds of application systems and advanced automated testing solutions, including two projects released as open source. He was awarded a US patent for model-based testing of mobile systems. As test process architect for Microsoft’s Open Protocol Initiative, he led the application of model-based testing to all of Microsoft’s server-side APIs.

Bob is internationally recognized as the author of the definitive Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Models, Patterns, and Tools and two other books. His 58 articles in leading publications and peer-reviewed journals have been cited over 2,200 times. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Software Testing, Verification, and Review and served as member of Agitar Software’s advisory board. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.S. and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is an IEEE Senior member and holds the CSDP.

Host and Location

111 N Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
9th Floor


1:30-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
2:00-2:15 Announcements
2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 3:00)



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