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Automated UAT

Posted in Acceptance testing,Automated testing,Software testing by testing in London on May 30, 2009

From IBS Publishing

Schroders underwent three months of automated testing before it brought in end-users to check if the tool had identified the majority of issues. It ran a two day UAT testing session with a number of users to gauge their reaction to the system and identify any further fixes required. ‘They came back with very few issues, much less than in other releases and that was the first test they were involved in,’ says Fischer. ‘They were not able to identify more than a dozen issues.’

This is not to say that an automated tool can completely replace the UAT process. As stated above, the manual testing still identified problems with the upgraded system that needed fixing despite three months of automated checking. There are certainly limitations to what the system is able to look for. One example from the bank is that ‘you cannot test the reaction of the system in case of a wrong input, because it will only capture successful transactions’.

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