F13-302: Early Performance Testing

Track: Performance Testing

We all know the old adage “test early, test often” and this has almost always been nearly impossible for performance testing – where the work always gets left to the end. Not any more! More and more performance testers are being asked to transform their skills into performance engineers working from DAY ONE of the project to ensure maximum performance and reliability. We need to change our tools, activities, standards and thinking to be successful with early performance testing and performance engineering. This session will seek to review those changes and give advice to performance testers and managers trying to “shift left” in the lifecycle.

Session Takeaways:

  • Learn how to shed old patterns of “late cycle” non-functional testing and move upstream in the process.
  • Learn about new ways to calculate performance improvement and value of testing early.
  • Review techniques for exploratory performance testing that help you to engage with developers and product owners.
  • Learn to adopt performance engineering practices and not just testing validation.

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Session Speaker:

Mark TomlinsonMark Tomlinson – Practitioner of Performance Testing, West Evergreen Consulting, LLC
Mark is a performance engineering and software testing consultant. His career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical transportation system, a project which captured his interest for software testing, quality assurance, and test automation. That first test project sought to prevent trains from running into each other — and Mark has metaphorically been preventing “train wrecks” for his customers for the past 20 years. He has broad experience with real-world scenario testing of large and complex systems and is regarded as a leading expert in software testing automation with a specific emphasis on performance. For the majority of Mark’s career he has worked for companies as a testing practitioner and consultant using the leading products for performance testing, profiling and measurement. He has also consistently established close ties and relationships with the major vendors who create these tools. Mark worked for six years at Microsoft Corporation as a performance consultant and engineer in the Microsoft Services Labs, in the Enterprise Engineering Center and in the SQL Server labs. His efforts to foster the success of Microsoft’s top-tier Enterprise customers was focused on their early adoption of Microsoft products as part of mission-critical operations. In 2008, as the LoadRunner Product Manager at HP Software, Mark led the team to deliver leading innovations for performance testing and engineering as part of HP”s suite of performance validation and management products. Mark now offers coaching, training and consulting to help customers adopt modern performance testing and engineering strategies, practices and behaviors for better performing technology systems.