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Talent Management

How Much Time Should Be Allocated for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)?

A headshot of Victoria Zoccali.

Victoria Zoccali

Victoria (Vicky) Zoccali is a Manager at Educe working in the Software practice and is the Product Owner for…

Welcome to our “Ask the Expert” video series. We’ll post periodic videos of Educe Consultants addressing Talent Management-related questions.

In this edition, Victoria Zoccali, Associate at Educe, 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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