User acceptance testing not only reduces costs but also captures indispensable feedback

The most cost effective way to do anything is to do it right the first time. It’s also the fastest way to add value to any digital project. But, software testing is a complex endeavour that requires multiple inputs from many different people, not all of whom will always get everything right. This is where user acceptance testing comes in. It not only reduces cost, it also opens the door to indispensable feedback that can add considerable value to any application.
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User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is a process which helps to ensure the different elements of the application actually work for the user. And, as the user is the individual who will be using the application on a daily basis, this adds considerable value. Yes, it seems like a no brainer, but it’s very easy to get lost in things like Function Testing and System Testing and forget about the user.

The basic point of UAT is to determine how useful the software actually is. This goes beyond simple questions like, “Does the software crash?” to encompass such items as ease of input, load time and resource consumption. Identifying the importance of the software to the user, how useful it will be to them and whether it matches what the user has asked for are all roles of user acceptance testing. Additionally, the process will help identify how easy the software is to use and whether it provides correct and coherent information.

This is why UAT, sometimes known as Beta or End-User Testing, is the final testing protocol. It is there to determine if the application can do what is required in the real world. User Acceptance Testing is less concerned with coding and more concerned with functionality and does it meet the business objectives. This is why it is the crucial and final procedure in testing heuristics.

UAT is the last process before release, so it should include every end user and stakeholder group. When done right, thorough and careful User Acceptance Testing removes the last unknown elements and adds immeasurably to the value, profitability and consumer acceptance of the final product.

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