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Performance Testing Guidance

One of the last things I worked on before leaving Microsoft was a book on Performance Testing Guidance, specifically with some of the best performance engineers that I'd known for years at Microsoft. These guys were intense about the subject and really worked the authors and reviewers like crazy to get it done.

 

This guide shows you an end-to-end approach for implementing performance testing. Whether you are new to performance testing, or looking for ways to improve your current performance testing approach, you will find insights that you can tailor for your specific scenarios.This guide covers Microsoft's recommended approach for implementing performance testing for Web applications. These provide steps for managing and conducting performance testing. For simplification and tangible results, they are broken down into activities with inputs, outputs, and steps. You can use the steps as a baseline or to help you evolve your own process.

    

Written by:  J.D. Meier, Scott Barber, Carlos Farre, Prashant Bansode, and Dennis Rea

     

Reviewed by: Alberto Savoia, Ben Simo, Cem Kaner, Chris Loosley, Corey Goldberg, Dawn Haynes, Derek Mead, Karen N. Johnson, Mike Bonar, Pradeep Soundararajan, Richard Leeke, Roland Stens, Ross Collard, Steven Woody, Alan Ridlehoover, Clint Huffman, Edmund Wong, Ken Perilman, Larry Brader, Mark Tomlinson, Paul Williams, Pete Coupland, and Rico Mariani.

 

 

 

 

The book is an excellent starting point for learning about performance testing and performance engineering practices and I can tell you it is loaded with good advice about how to "think" about load testing. It covers the concepts and perspectives that some of the best engineers in our industry apply every day, to some of the toughest performance problems.


One of those guys is Scott Barber (note: an unabashed plug for Scott's work) who was a major contributor to this book. According to Scott's own blog entry about the book: "Even though this as a Microsoft patterns&practices book, it is a tool, technology, & process agnostic book...the book should apply equally well to a LoadRunner/Eclipse/Agile project it applies to a VSTS/.NET/CMMI project."  You can read more of Scott's blog

 

Check out the book (buy it, get the PDF, or view online.)...it's a great way to get started with the performance testing discipline.

here. In retrospect, I think I failed to truly appreciate Scott's experience and contributions to the writing - in fact, I know I did. 

 

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  • I have been working in the computer software industry since 1989. I started out in customer support then software testing where I was a very early adopter of automation, first functional test automation and them performance test automation. I worked in professional services for 8 years before returning to my roots in customer support where I have been a Technical Account Manger for HP's Premier Support department for the past 4 years. I have been using HP LoadRunner since 1998 and HP Performance Center since 2004. I also have strong technical understanding of HP Application Lifecycle Management (Quality Center) and HP SiteScope.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Mukulika is Product Manager for HP Performance Center, a core part of the HP Software Performance Validation Suite, addressing the Enterprise performance testing COE market. She has 14 years experience in IT Consulting, Software development, Architecture definition and SaaS. She is responsible for driving future strategy, roadmap, optimal solution usage and best practices and serves as primary liaison for customers and the worldwide field community.
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