F11-902: 5 Ways to Do More Performance Testing in Less Time

Track: Performance Testing

Performance testing often bears the brunt of budget and schedule pressures. It can be particularly challenging when managers do not understand the discipline and dismiss performance as a non-functional requirement.

This session provides five strategies for addressing the challenges test teams face: leveraging work developers and functional testers are already doing to help you get performance testing started earlier; do more testing in less time; increasing software performance quality under tight budgets and schedule constraints.

We will discuss the following strategies, and then share how they were successfully implemented in a multi-billion dollar enterprise application.

  • Performance is a requirement – require it
  • Measure twice, test once – leveraging development and integration test cases to find performance defects
  • Accountability is king – getting developers to buy into performance
  • Functional testing is another opportunity for performance smoke testing
  • Don’t forget about your data – why test data integrity may be the single most important aspect of performance testing

You will learn the five techniques. You’ll hear tips for getting buy-in from the developers, testers, and the management team, so you can implement these strategies in your organization.

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Session Speakers:

Steve SturtevantSteve Sturtevant – Senior Software & Performance Engineer, OC Systems, Inc.
Steve Sturtevant is a consultant working on the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program at U.S. Customs & Border Protection where his focus has been providing performance engineering and testing services across the software lifecycle. He is employed as a Senior Software & Performance Engineer by OC Systems, as well as Product Manager for the OC Systems RTI product which delivers software performance diagnostics for J2EE systems. Prior to ACE, Steve worked as a performance engineer for several large DoD programs as well as a developer working on real-time systems.

James PulleyJames Pulley – CTO, Newcoe Performance Engineering
James Pulley is the CTO for Newcoe Performance Engineering, as well as Newcoe’s sister organizations, The ScriptFarm and LoadRunner By The Hour. Previously, James managed the professional services delivery for PowerTest, founded iTest Solutions and worked for Mercury Interactive’s PSO & Sales organizations, Gigalabs, NetIQ, Banyan Systems and Microsoft. His background includes roles in both sales and professional services delivery, with technical concentrations on OS and application architectures, network and application infrastructure performance. He is a moderator for several professional forums related to performance testing and tuning (with respect to Mercury/HP tools) and the cloud-computing forum on SQAForums.