User Acceptance Testing
Welcome back for 2014 – I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season. The SMS Project team now has its eyes firmly fixed on the go-live scheduled for Easter 2014.
We have written before about the testing programme – which is happening in stages as we identify and iron out any potential glitches.
We will soon enter the next phase of testing – User Acceptance Testing (UAT). This is when representatives from various areas within the University come in and try the system out with some common scenarios, to ensure it works how they expect it to.
The testers have all been identified and contacted – so you should know who you are! It’s an intensive exercise, so numbers are limited, and if you haven’t been invited it’s unlikely we will be able to add you or anyone else into the programme at this late stage.
The next step will be a training programme for testers who need to be introduced to the new eVision functions. This will also give us an opportunity to test our training materials.
Then we will run the UAT testing sessions. Each new area within eVision will be tested by a team of University practitioners who will run through a series of standard scenarios, checking everything works as they would expect it. Any issues identified will be considered and addressed as appropriate before go-live in late April.
User Acceptance Testing is about testing the system is working as it was specified. So we won’t be asking our testers to suggest any new additions or new processes.
Various people around the University have been considering how the April go-live will impact in their area. If you are thinking you may need to develop new processes because of eVision changes, have a chat with your Reference Group member or check who from your area has been on the relevant Working Group. They should have a good overview of what is planned, or know how to find out.
Director Academic Services
What’s been happening?
Some recent activity:
- Testing continues to be a focus as we continue to work through the various testing cycles. Any faults or flaws are being addressed as they are identified.
- Invitations for eVision training sessions have now been sent out. If you receive more than one invitation you have been targeted to be trained on more than one part of the eVision system. You can get more information from our blog about the various training courses (including the criteria for who is expected to attend, and when courses will be held). You’ll also see who to contact if you have any questions.
In early January 2014 Student Records sent an email to all departments titled “eVision results – implications on current applications”. The email outlined the file format required so spreadsheets used to submit final results at the end of each semester will work with eVision. It’s not too late to check your format and ask for confirmation.
In the next few weeks:
- User Acceptance Testing will be happening from late February through March. Invitations have been sent to all participants – for both training and testing sessions.
The SMS Project team (when not working on testing), are working on the next list of deliverables – the functionality that is required just after April 2014. You can find a ”What are we getting when V3” list of what’s being delivered when on our blog.
Need to know more?
If you have any issues or questions about using eVision please raise them in the first instance with your support person. You can find the full support process and contact details for support people explained on the Support page at Support – eVision
If you have questions about how you are using :Vision now, please get in touch on eVision@otago.ac.nz or speak to a Subject Matter Expert. You can also see Who’s on the team? in the Steering Group, Reference Group and Working Groups.