Seb Rose

Seb Rose

BDD Advocate, SmartBear


Consultant, coach, trainer, analyst, and developer for over 30 years.

Seb has been involved in the full development lifecycle with experience that ranges from architecture to support, from BASIC to Ruby. He’s a BDD advocate with SmartBear, helping people integrate all three practices of BDD into their development process and ensuring that appropriate tool support is available.

Regular speaker at conferences and occasional contributor to software journals. Co-author of the BDD Books series “Discovery” and “Formulation” (Leanpub), lead author of “The Cucumber for Java Book” (Pragmatic Programmers), and contributing author to “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know” (O’Reilly).

He blogs at and tweets as @sebrose.

Keynote: Contrasting Test Automation and BDD: an “Interactions Over Tools” Perspective
Test automation and BDD are related, but they are not the same. To get the most out of each of them, we need to understand the separate challenges that they address before getting engrossed in the tools that have been created to facilitate their adoption. And those challenges are rooted in the interactions between the different disciplines involved in software specification and delivery.

In this session we’ll explore what test automation and BDD are – and how they separately contribute to successful inter-disciplinary agile delivery. We’ll also spend some time describing how they’re different, and look at several typical examples of what can go wrong when BDD and test automation get confused.