Begin at the beginning: Acceptance tests

Today I discovered my current clients (who are using Fit to write acceptance tests) are implementing the Fit test support as the last task before completing the story. This is backwards. There are several good reasons why getting the acceptance test(s) running first is better.

Stories should be test-driven

Begin at the beginning

For years I’ve been talking about “working from beginning to end”. It’s a common pattern in systems I see that developers begin to code functionality from somewhere other than the entry point to a system (e.g. the GUI). This approach increases integration difficulties. If the programmers keep saying things are done when they don’t actually work, this may be what’s going wrong.

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