Leslie Brooks

Leslie has extensive experience with QA and has automated testing in more languages than he can remember. He has constantly searched for more efficient methodologies and tools for automation and has trained and led teams in new and innovative automation technologies. His favorite anecdote is about the test that he reduced from 30 minutes (automated by someone else) to 90 seconds (automated better).

In his constant drive to test better, faster, and cheaper tomorrow than today, Leslie was an early adopter of Specification by Example/BDD, and has used it to transform three different organizations. He has trained more than 300 Business Analysts, Developers, and Testers in the correct use of SBE, including using it to deliver automated tests while the developers are still writing the code. In his current job he is applying SBE to data science applications, and loving the challenge and the fast pace of learning.

Leslie currently works for a top 3 US Defense Contractor. He has a Bachelor's in Math/Computer Science, MBA and holds a couple of patents for in-circuit hardware testing. Leslie is a long-time member of AQAA, always active in the testing community, and currently serves as a board member.

My Sessions

Tue, September 21, 2021

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Save $50,000 per year, per developer

A typical development team spends 30% to 40% of its time fixing bugs; multiple examples at multiple companies demonstrate that Specification by Example/BDD can reduce that to 1% to 2%. If an average developer costs $150,000 per year (salary plus benefits), that is a savings of $50K per developer per year – not to mention the value of delivering code faster with fewer bugs.

In this session, Leslie covers how BDD/SBE makes this possible, and then best practices to implementing BDD/SBE. A typical scrum team has four developers, so maybe we should title this "how to save $200k?"