EuroSTAR – Star – Alex Schladebeck

This is a short series leading up to Christmas where I feature a tester that was at EuroSTAR 2014, who I personally believe you, my readers, will benefit from knowing.

Next up is Alex Schladebeck.

Alex Schladebeck at EuroSTAR 2014
Alex Schladebeck at EuroSTAR 2014

I’ve known Alex for a while now after meeting her at Agile Testing Days about 5 years ago. It’s always great to meet up with Alex as she’s hilarious and incredibly passionate about testing.

I didn’t get a chance to see Alex’s talk at EuroSTAR this year but I heard it was excellent, and of course there were biscuits.

Alex very kindly answered some questions I was originally going to include in this series (but have since chosen to drop the questions in this series as I didn’t have time). I’ll include here though Alex’s version of BDD. No, not behaviour driven development but biscuit driven development.

What is BDD?

“BDD is Biscuit Driven Development! It’s based on the idea that people react well to praise, feedback and rewards and that food is a natural gel for conversation. I will offer biscuits as an exchange for assistance, I like to have biscuits in my office to encourage people to come and chat, and I use good tasty sweet food as a way of calming tough situations. It works well as a way of encouraging communication but it can’t be the only motivator. It’s just another tool in your box.”


You can find Alex blogging on her company’s website – here is one about her trip to EuroSTAR 2014

You can find Alex on twitter here –