Quality assurance testing and user acceptance testing have obvious similarities, yet each has unique objectives. Ideally, QA and UAT are performed by different teams at different intervals in the project timeline. QA analysts are the SMEs in defect detection, removal, and testing process governance, while the UAT team are the functional SMEs in their respective business area but could benefit from QA’s guidance to make their testing a success as well as a well-defined repeatable process. This presentation will show how QA can effectively engage with the UAT team and project stakeholders before and during the UAT test event to maximize the effectiveness and efficiencies of both teams. Join Elizabeth to learn about setting expectations and avoiding assumptions, engaging UAT participants to define a repeatable process, and creating effective metrics and reporting to help the UAT team determine if their testing was a success.
Speaker: Elizabeth Wisdom, Ulta Beauty, Inc.
Elizabeth Wisdom has over 25 years of experience in software development. Her projects have covered several industries including telecom, retail, financial, manufacturing, and insurance. During this time, Elizabeth has held a variety of roles from software tools and build engineering to developer and project manager. Since 1997, Elizabeth has managed QA teams, both onshore and offshore. She has built teams from the ground up, and inherited teams that did not have any formal test background. She has worked in organizations that were CMMI level 5 and organizations that had no formal processes in place at all. Elizabeth has a BS and MS in computer science and math, both from the University of Illinois.