After investing a great deal of time and resources into your software development effort, user acceptance testing (UAT) is your last line of defense before releasing it to your customers with the confidence that it fulfills the requirements.
It goes without saying that UAT is essential. But is it also worth automating? And can UAT be automated effectively?
Those in the software development industry know these are difficult questions because there are pros and cons to user acceptance testing automation.
In this post, we lay out the benefits of both automated and manual UAT to help you make the best decision for your software testing.
What Is User Acceptance Testing Automation?
Automated UAT is when you and your quality assurance (QA) team use scripted tests that run automatically within an automated testing tool.
By running an automated test, your team will receive a binary result that answers whether or not the actual performance of the software meets the expected results. It can be as simple as a “yes” or “no” response.
One of the greatest benefits of automated UAT is that it can mimic repetitive tasks regularly, quickly, and with high levels of precision. In other words, you do not have to worry about a computer running an automated test getting “bored” or experiencing test fatigue.
At TestMonitor, we believe you shouldn't just pick one approach—manual versus automated testing—but rather use the strengths of both to enhance the delivery of your software application.
In fact, we believe that manual and automated testing can nicely complement one another. For example, tests can be organized so that simple, repetitive tests are performed automatically, whereas complex and nuanced tests are run manually.