Perform user acceptance testing

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Today's faster development pace requires tools that enable test teams to more easily verify value based on business requirements, and the high quality software demanded by customers. This type of testing is often referred to as user acceptance testing and is available as a feature in Azure DevOps and Team Foundation Server (TFS).

Typically you create a Test Suite using a formal requirement work item type. However, today's agile teams often prefer to work from User Stories or Product Backlog items as their requirements.


To use all the features described in this topic you must have either an Enterprise, Test Professional, or MSDN Platforms subscription; or have installed the Test Manager extension for Azure Test Plans available from Visual Studio Marketplace. See Manual testing permissions and access.


Before you start

You must have already created work items and a test plan. If not, follow the steps in:

Assign and invite testers

Azure DevOps makes it easy to assign testers to individual test cases. A typical scenario for user acceptance testing is the ability to not just assign one tester to a test case (see Search for and assign testers) but assign multiple testers an entire set of tests.

This can also be accomplished by selecting the suite and choosing Assign testers to run all tests. This option also enables the sending of emails to the testers assigned to the tests.

User acceptance testing email notification

An important feature of user acceptance testing is that the testers may in fact be the business owners who created the original business requirements.

Search for and assign testers

In scenarios where you have large development teams the ability search for an individual is also important.

Choose Assign tester from the drop-down menu. In the shortcut menu, choose Assign testers to run all tests and select the testers you want to include. Set the Send email option to send all of them a notification email.

Easily track results

A key principle of good user acceptance testing practice is to minimize the effort required to determine whether a requirement has been achieved. There are two ways you can do this: you can focus on individual test runs and tests to see which failed, or you can use the chart views that make it much easier to track your test results. These views are accessible by all members of your team.

Exploring test results

Note: The dashboard display shown here is also used for other types of testing such as continuous testing.

If you don't see the data or information you expect in the dashboard charts, verify that the columns in your data have been added to the Tests view. For details see this blog post.

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