ScrumOntoBDD: Agile software development based on scrum, ontologies and behaviour-driven development

Pedro Lopes de Souza*, Wanderley Lopes de Souza, Luís Ferreira Pires

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When developing a Learning Management System (LMS) using Scrum, we noticed that it was quite often necessary to redefine some system behaviour scenarios, due to ambiguities in the requirement specifications, or due to misinterpretations of stories reported by the Product Owners (POs). The definition of test suites was also cumbersome, resulting in test suites that were incomplete or did not at all comply with the system requirements. Based on this experience and to deal with these problems, in this paper, we propose the ScrumOntoBDD approach to agile software development, which combines Scrum, ontologies and Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD). This approach is centred on the concepts and techniques of Scrum and BDD and focuses on the planning and analysis phases of the software life cycle, since the BDD tools currently provide little support to these phases, while most of the problems during the LMS development were found exactly there. We claim that our approach improves the software development practices in this respect. Furthermore, ScrumOntoBDD employs ontologies in order to reduce ambiguities intrinsic to the use of a natural language as a BDD ubiquitous language. In this paper, we illustrate and systematically evaluate our approach, showing that it is beneficial since it improves the communication between members of an agile development team.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
JournalJournal of the Brazilian Computer Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Active Learning Methodologies
  • Agile Software Development
  • BDD
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Medical Education
  • Ontologies
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Scrum


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