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Importance of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) in Salesforce

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As a Salesforce Admin, delivering projects on time and ensuring user adoption is crucial. However, one of the biggest challenges is getting User Acceptance Testing (UAT) right. Ineffective UAT can lead to costly delays, frustrated users, and even failed deployments. By focusing on these key areas, you can create a comprehensive UAT plan that validates the application from the end-user perspective and ensures it meets business requirements before going live.

Negative Scenarios

One of the most common mistakes Admins make is not testing negative scenarios. It’s essential to include test cases where users enter incorrect data, skip required fields, or perform actions out of order. This helps identify potential issues and ensures the system can handle unexpected user inputs effectively. Some examples of negative scenarios to test:

  • Entering text in a number field
  • Leaving required fields blank when creating a new record
  • Attempting to perform actions the user doesn’t have permission for

End-to-End Business Processes

Testing complete end-to-end business processes is crucial for validating the system meets user needs. This involves simulating the typical workflows users follow, such as the lead-to-opportunity-to-quote-to-order flow. Key areas to focus on:

  • Verifying the full lifecycle of business objects like leads, opportunities, cases, etc.
  • Ensuring data accuracy and integrity as it moves through the process.
  • Testing the application’s ability to handle large volumes of data.

Integration Points

If your Salesforce org integrates with other systems like ERP, marketing tools, or external databases, testing these integration points is critical. Validate that data synchronizes accurately in both directions and the application can handle the integration load. Some integration testing scenarios:

  • Verifying data created in Salesforce appears correctly in the integrated system
  • Testing error handling when the integrated system is unavailable
  • Ensuring the application can handle large volumes of data during integration

Security and Access Control

Protecting sensitive data is a top priority, so testing security and access control is essential. Verify that users can only access and modify records based on their assigned profiles and permission sets. Examine field-level security and sharing rules to ensure they work as expected. Key security testing scenarios:

  • Validating users can only see records they have access to.
  • Ensuring users can only perform actions they have permission for.
  • Testing the application’s ability to handle security updates and patches.

Reporting and Dashboards

Salesforce’s reporting capabilities are powerful, but they need to be tested thoroughly. Ensure users can generate accurate reports and dashboards based on their data access. Verify the application provides the right level of reporting to different user roles. Some reporting test scenarios:

  • Validating report results match the underlying data
  • Testing report scheduling and subscriptions
  • Ensuring dashboards display the correct data sources

Some Common Challenges in UAT Testing for Salesforce:

  1. Performance and Scalability Testing: Salesforce testing can be challenging due to the dynamic nature of Salesforce pages, making performance and scalability testing crucial.
  2. Access and Security Control: Protecting sensitive data during third-party app integration is a top priority, requiring robust access control like Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) and continuous security configuration updates.
  3. Integration Issues: Testing is essential to identify and resolve integration issues, requiring a comprehensive test plan to validate data accuracy, error handling, and system interactions.
  4. Limitations of Traditional Testing Tools: Traditional testing tools like QTP, UFT, Provar, and Selenium WebDriver may have limitations when testing Salesforce applications, making it challenging to conduct thorough performance testing.
  5. User Adoption and Usability: Ensuring user-friendliness, intuitiveness, and overall user experience during UAT is crucial for promoting higher adoption rates and successful implementation.

By focusing on these essential UAT test scenarios, you can create a comprehensive testing plan that validates the Salesforce application from the end-user perspective. This helps ensure a smooth deployment, high user adoption, and a successful project outcome. Remember, effective UAT is not just about testing functionality – it’s about testing the application’s ability to meet real-world business needs. By involving end users in the testing process and focusing on the scenarios that matter most to them, you can deliver a Salesforce solution that exceeds expectations and drives value for the organization.

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Sanket Dudhe

Sanket Dudhe is a Technical Consultant at Perficient. He has an experience of 4+ years as SDET. He loves technology and hence is curious to learn about new emerging technologies #lovefortechnology.

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