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User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn

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Chapter 6. Acceptance Testing User Stories

One reason for writing acceptance tests is to express many of the details that result from the conversations between customers and developers. Rather than writing lengthy lists of “The system shall…” style requirements statements, tests are used to fill in the details of a user story.

Testing is best viewed as a two-step process: First, notes about future tests are jotted on the back of story cards. This can be done any time someone thinks of a new test. Second, the test notes are turned into full-fledged tests that are used to demonstrate that the story has been been correctly and fully coded.

As an example of test reminders you may write on the back of a card, the story “A company can pay for a job ...

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