Acceptance Test Driven Planning

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Abstract

The experience of XP planning for many is not a successful one. We have found that by making acceptance tests not only central to the definition of a story but central to our process itself, they can be used to drive the entire development. This paper describes an adaptation, or evolution to XP style planning based around acceptance testing which takes the existing planning practices (with some additions) and organises them in a way that we believe can lead to better planning and more predictable results.