Save the (Performance Test) Environment!

Performance testing is more important than ever. As we increasingly expose our IT systems to our customers we intertwine the performance of those systems with our brand reputation, our customer experience, and ultimately our revenue. Good performance testing is only part of the equation. Where we run our tests dictates whether our results provide any... Continue Reading →

Enabling a Performance Testing Team

In my previous post on building an internal performance testing team we talked about how to find the right people to build a great performance testing capability. In this second instalment we cover some of the ways you can get the best out of that team. The value of knowledge Every time we work on an... Continue Reading →

Building an Internal Performance Testing Team

So your company has or wants to build a performance testing team. In this first of a two part series I'll talk about finding the right people to allow your team to succeed. Specialists versus generalists Performance testing is a highly specialised field. It takes years of dedicated practice to gain the confidence and competence to... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk About Averages

Perhaps the most important part of our job is making sense of data, primarily numbers. Typically, we look at numbers provided by load testing tools, server and application monitors, log files, or database queries. The goal is always to understand the behaviour of our system, but sometimes the tools we use provide us misleading information. Raw... Continue Reading →

Becoming a Performance Tester

In this short blog I explore some of the skills required to be a great performance tester, and some considerations when looking for a job. This is the second part in my two part series covering the content of my talk on "Unmasking Performance Testing" at WeTest Auckland. You can find the first part here.... Continue Reading →

Unmasking Performance Testing

My goal in this blog post is to de-mystify what performance testing is and why it matters. I'm going to keep this informal, this is a high level introduction only. For those of you who work as performance testers (or know a lot about it) you've probably heard this all before. What is performance? Performance... Continue Reading →

The Myth of Continuous Performance Testing

Software development is speeding up. We build it in smaller chunks and release more often. In the software testing space this necessitates the need for testing to keep up, which has largely driven the growth of functional test automation. But, what about performance testing? Wherever I look online I see mention of 'continuous performance testing'.... Continue Reading →

Performance, Risk, and Adele

This was originally posted on LinkedIn on November 24th 2016 My wife forwarded me a news story yesterday about a possible performance testing lead. Adele is coming to New Zealand to perform three concerts, and the tickets sold out in less than two hours. The huge burst of interest brought Ticketmaster's website to a crawl... Continue Reading →

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