Acceptance testing is that final rung in the testing process, where the end user/customer is given the chance to interact with the software and ensure that it meets their needs and expectations. When you start to involve the end user in the testing process, it is easy to forget that you need to maintain some kind of structure and quality. However, just as with each of the stages that lead up to acceptance testing having poor quality tests will provide very little benefit and will often end up leading to issues further down the line.

As with most things relating to software, an efficient way to ensure quality in your tests is to follow best practice guidelines. So should you find yourself seeking quality, have a look at these testing guidelines, and you should find that by making a few simple changes to how you work you should begin to see an improvement.

Involve The End User

The whole point of running a User Acceptance test is to ensure that the software you have developed fulfils the needs and expectations of the end user. Software can be completely functional as far as the technical aspects are concerned, only to fail as a result of overlooking the needs of the user. Therefore, if you don’t include end users in your testing process, is there any point in running the test at all?

Get Users Involved In Acceptance Testing

Including the end-user doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it necessarily need to be left till the very last minute. A prime example of a simple method of collecting user feedback is prototyping. By allowing users to interact with multiple versions of your solution, you gain a clear insight into their preferences as well as reassurance that you have addressed every requirement. Having access to such detailed feedback provides you with the opportunity to finely tune your solution so that it will give your users a little extra value.

Try To Use Target Hardware

Try To Use Target Hardware

Sometimes during a software development project, for one reason or another, it simply isn’t possible to have access to the actual hardware that your solution will run on after release. In these cases, software will have to be developed and run on completely different hardware, generally referred to as a development environment.

In an ideal world when it comes to testing the functionality of the system as a whole, the software should be run on the same hardware that it will be used on after release. By doing this you will reassure your customer that even after making a significant change in terms of hardware, there will be no ill effects on your software.

Trace Back To The Requirements

If done well, the requirements of a system should detail exactly what the client expects from their software. This is why when you develop software you should regularly be referring back to your requirements specifications. In terms of testing, by referring back to the requirements you can assure both yourself and the client that the software meets the specified requirements.

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