about cukenfest


Once a year we host an intimate event in London for the BDD and agile community. We open our doors to just 150 people to learn and discuss new ideas which build shared understanding.

In the last decade, we've seen more teams approach problems collaboratively, wrestle misunderstandings before they seep into the code, and use progressive technical practices to ship faster. CukenFest focuses on discovering new ways to bring business and IT closer together. Join us in London to learn and share new skills which harness the power of collaboration.

BDD Kickstart training / April 17-18

A world-class Behaviour-Driven Development training course led by a core-team member of Cucumber. 

cukenfest conference / April 19-20

A small, interactive two-day Agile and BDD conference. One day of short talks and another of unconference. 


CukenFest is brought to you by Cucumber


cukenfest Speakers





Ulrika Malmgren


Sabrina leandro

konstantin kudryashov



matt wynne

seb rose



aslak hellesøy




How to break the rules

We invest so much in technology, so why do we seem to get so little benefit in return? We introduce new processes, tools and methods, but when you stand back and squint the organisation still looks just the same.

Is technology over-hyped and oversold, as many would have us believe, or are we doing something that means we lose out on all those promised benefits? Societies work because we follow the rules, but what if those same rules are holding us back? The problem may not be in the technology, but in us failing to change our habits.

In this talk, Dan introduces some uncomfortable truths from Eliyahu Goldratt, author of “The Goal” and one of the fathers of modern management theory, that may help us to recognise and challenge this behaviour so we can start to get the real benefit from all that technology.

Speaker: Dan North


Example mapping in the wild

We all know that user stories are a placeholder for a conversation. Example mapping, developed by Matt Wynne, is a way to structure that conversation in a way that is short, focused and feels really productive.

In this session, Ceri will share how her teams have adopted the process and demonstrate with real data how it has improved planning and delivery whilst reducing the meeting overhead.

Speaker: Ceri Shaw


BDD: The Three-Headed Monster

A talk about exploration, specification, and ATDD and why the first of those is so important. 

Speaker: Liz Keogh


incremental architecture and design

Talk details coming soon. 

Speaker: Konstantin Kudryashov

People saying nice things about CukenFest.

I’ve learned lots of useful techniques at CukenFest, even though the projects I’ve been involved in have rarely involved Cucumber. It’s about the techniques, not the technology.
— Nat Pryce
We’ve only just started on the BDD journey and it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed. I came back from CukenFest feeling re-energised - listening to the talks and talking to other people in the community reinforced for me that this is a mindshift for everyone involved.
— Angela Relle, Met Office
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It was the best conference I ever went to, no doubt! Great talks and an open space with inspiring participants.
— Tim Coremans, BNP Paribas
CukeUp is a welcoming community event where you get to learn about different aspects of what makes a software product team perform and tick. This includes code, tests, collaboration and arguably most importantly - culture.
— Arti Mathanda

Sponsors + Friends

Sponsorship provides fuel for our conference engine. Without it, we won't have decent coffee,  stacks of cold beers, or any of the good stuff we love to provide. Each sponsor gets to put their brand behind a part of the conference they want to be associated with: childcare, OSS scholarships, t-shirts, coffee, lunch, party drinks, you name it. Contact us if you're interested. 

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Sponsors and Partners


Call for Proposals

Venues and timings

BDD Kickstart training (April 17th - 18th) - Venue TBC

CukenFest Day 1 - Rich Mix, Shoreditch.

CukenFest Day 2 - WallaceSpace, Spitalfields

All the venues are in or close to, Shoreditch E1. 

Each day will start at 9AM and finish at 4PM.