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Performance testing involves measuring the processing time, response time, and throughput of a system or component while carrying out its designated functions within given resource constraints.
Recently, we worked on a high-risk, high-visibility system where performance testing ("Let's just make sure it handles the load") was the last item on the agenda. As luck would have it, the system didn't handle the load, and very long days and nights ensued. Why it does have to be this way... Read this article about Risk Mitigation to ensure this doesn’t happen to you.
Recently, we worked on a high-risk, high-visibility system where performance testing (“Let’s just make sure it handles the load”) was the last item on the agenda. As luck would have it, the system didn’t handle the load, and very long days and nights ensued. Delivery was late, several serious disasters were narrowly averted, and large costs were incurred.
The Testing performed by our Test Group is Black Box Testing. This paper will discuss the following areas of our test effort in more detail:
This is an excerpt from my book, Expert Test Manager, written with James Rommens and Leo van der Aalst. I hope it helps you think more clearly about the test strategies you use.
A test policy contains the mission and objectives of testing along with metrics and goals associated with the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which we achieve those objectives. In short, the policy defines why we test. While it might also include some high-level description of the fundamental test process, in general the test policy does not talk about how we test.
The document that describes how we test is the test strategy. In the test strategy, the test group explains how the test policy will be implemented. This document should be a general description that spans multiple projects. While the test strategy can describe how testing is done for all projects, organizations might choose to have separate documents for various types of projects. For example, an organization might have a sequential lifecycle test strategy, an Agile test strategy, and a maintenance test strategy.
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The Advanced Test Automation Engineer Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of a number of International Software Testing Qualifications Board syllabi, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints.
The ISTQB Foundation Level Performance Tester hands-on course provides anyone involved in software testing a chance to broaden their knowledge of performance testing. If someone has a desire to start a specialist career in performance testing, this course will help them understand the fundamentals and theories behind performance testing, and to prepare for the certification exam. The course was co-created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and Jamie Mitchell, who brings over 38 years of testing experience, both hardware and software. Jamie is a pioneer in the test automation field, having been creating automated testing since 1991. Both Rex and Jamie are co-authors of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Advanced Syllabus.
Need to prepare for the ISTQB Foundation Level Performance Tester exam exam quickly, but don't have time or money for a live course? This Boot Camp provides a two day virtual classroom immersion in the Performance Tester syllabus.