[Ask the Expert] How Much Time Should Be Allocated for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)?

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Welcome to our “Ask the Expert” video series. We’ll post periodic videos of Educe Group Consultants addressing Talent Management-related questions. Submit your question to us in the comments box below and we may address your question at a later time.

In this edition of “Ask the Expert”, Victoria Zoccali, Associate at Educe Group, will tackle the following question:

How much time should be allocated for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)?

As with a lot of answers to questions in the Consulting industry, how much time to allocate for User Acceptance Testing (UAT) depends on the client, the type of project or implementation, and the amount of data involved. For a typical mid-size enterprise learning module implementation or LMS migration, UAT should take two weeks of dedicated testing with at least one additional week to accommodate re-testing scenarios where issues were found and then resolved. The key phrase to stress in that sentence is dedicated testing. Test scenarios should be completed uninterrupted, with any issues reported promptly. A successful implementation depends on making sure all issues are caught and addressed before deploying to production and going live with the LMS.

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