S13-Pre-3: Performance Testing Bootcamp: Planning and Conducting Tests That Yield Actionable Results

Track: Pre-Conference Workshops

Generating results that can be acted on to remediate performance bottlenecks takes much more than just mastering a load testing tool and running tests that simulate hundreds of users. While of course defining the objectives and the test requirements is the critical starting point, we’ve found that it helps knowing what the results we’re seeking should look like. Having key graphs in mind that depict scalability, capacity, throughput and bottlenecks helps us design effective tests and capture the relevant metrics.

In this class, we will start with results: what they look like, how do we derive insight from them, and where they come from. As we focus on identifying patterns in results that indicate information we are testing for, we will describe how to generate, collect, correlate, and interpret actionable information before and during performance tests. And ultimately we will understand how to plan and design effective tests.

The instructors (and volunteer workshop contributors), will share from hundreds of performance projects the context and results that will bring to life a framework for engaging in performance testing, and delivering actionable results.

Come to this tutorial to become a better performance test planner, a skillful interpreter of results, and a valued member of the delivery team – and bring your own project challenges and results so can collectively discuss them!

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Session Speaker:

Dan DowningDan Downing – Principal Consultant, Mentora Group
Dan Downing is co-founder and Principal Consultant at Mentora Group, Inc. (www.mentora.com) , a testing and managed hosting company. Dan is the author of the 5-Steps of Load Testing, which he taught at Mercury Education Centers, and of numerous presentations, white papers and articles on performance testing. He teaches load testing and over the past 13 years has led hundreds of performance projects on applications ranging from eCommerce to ERP and companies ranging from startups to global enterprises. He is a regular presenter at STAR, HP Software Universe, Software Test Professionals conferences, and is one of the organizers of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability (WOPR).