F10 – 105: Slimming Down Your Performance Tests

Track: Performance Testing

Over the last 10 years as a performance testing consultant, I have noticed the overwhelming majority of my clients run into significant challenges because they are trying to include way too much in their performance tests. While it is true that the best possible performance test is one that exactly mimics both the production environment and the production load, it is also true that designing, developing, and executing a performance test with that degree of accuracy is far beyond what most teams can accomplish with the time and resources available. Luckily, as it turns out, most teams can achieve far more value, faster and more cheaply, by slimming down their performance tests – if they do it intelligently. Attend this session to learn how you can slim your performance tests down up to 80% by eliminating redundant, low risk, out of scope, and easier to performance test manually tasks. Along the way Scott Barber will show examples of how he slimmed down performance tests, streamlined scripts, reduced test execution overhead, and in some cases even reduced the volume of licenses necessary to conduct performance tests from real projects while increasing both the value and effectiveness of the performance testing project.

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Session Speaker:

Scott BarberScott Barber – President & CEO, PerfTestPlus
Scott Barber is the chief technologist of PerfTestPlus, executive director of the Association for Software Testing, co-founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability and co-author of the Microsoft patterns and practices book Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications. Scott thinks of himself as a tester and trainer of testers who has a passion for testing software system performance. In addition to performance testing, he is particularly well versed in developing customized testing methodologies, embedded systems testing, testing biometric identification and personal security systems, group facilitation and authoring instructional materials. Mr. Barber is an international keynote speaker and author of more than 100 publications on software testing. He is an advisory board member of STP Collaborative, and a member of ACM, IEEE, American MENSA, the Context-Driven School of Software Testing, and is a signatory to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.