The Types of User Acceptance Testing
The Types of User Acceptance Testing

User Acceptance Testing is the process of ensuring that the software solution developed by software development companies in UAE works for the user. This may appear to be easy but, in practice, it isn’t.

Here are five common types of User acceptance testing 

1. Alpha Testing and Beta Testing

Alpha testing normally happens during the software development phase in Dubai and is usually done by internal staff. It is done well ahead of its release to its external testers and customers.

What makes this testing significant is that it takes place in the development environment, although potential user groups might conduct Alpha tests in their own capacity.

Based on the observations-collected form the alpha testers- development teams then resolve the issues and improve the usability of the product. 

While alpha testing is done in the development environment, beta testing is done in the customer environment. Also called field testing beta testing is done by a group of customers in their own environment and involves some extensive testing. These beta testers then provide feedback, which in turn leads to improvements.

An important thing to note is that both alpha and beta testing are done before the software release.

2. Contract Acceptance Testing

Contract testing is done on a developed software. This test is done to check if the software meets certain predefined criteria and specifications agreed upon a contract.  The project team on the initiation of the project would define the relevant criteria and specifications for acceptance.  

3. Regulation Acceptance Testing

Regulation Acceptance Testing or compliance acceptance testing verifies whether the software is in compliance with the regulations. It also includes governmental and legal regulations.  

4. Operational Acceptance Testing

Operational acceptance testing known as operational readiness testing or production acceptance testing. These test cases verify that the workflows are in place to allow the software solutions or systems to be used. 

This comprises workflows for backup plans, user training and various maintenance processes and security checks.

5. Black Box Testing

Black box testing is classified as functional testing, but can, to certain extent can come under User type acceptance testing.  

Black box testing is a method of software testing in Dubai which allows the testers to analyse certain functionalities without permitting them to see or correct the internal code structure.

Black box testing shares the same principles as that of the user acceptance testing and hence can be categorised as part of user acceptance testing.

During Black Box Tests the user is usually unaware about the internal code structure but only the prerequisites the software should meet.  Testers need not possess any specific understanding about the application or any of its features. 

Many QA and development teams often resort to black box testing for their UAT efforts.