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The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

How Can Developers and Testers Get Along Better? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

There's something in the air this time of year. I know you see it too. People are nicer to each other. We all seem to make a little extra room in our hearts. We're more accommodating, friendlier, more tolerant. It's just what happens during the holidays. There are few better examples of what it means to truly capture the spirit of the season than Elf. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's actually #3 on Boston.com's list of all-time top holiday movies. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human who was raised by one of Santa's elves in the North Pole. He lives a gloriously innocent and... (more)

Virtual Users, Parallel Testing & More By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

This week's post is taken from a collection of stories and a Q&A session based around the experiences of Brad Stoner, an expert in testing, performance and Virtual Users. Brad is a senior performance engineer at Neotys and was the manager of the Load and Performance Team at H&R Block. In his tenure there, he managed five people and successfully improved application performance and quality for the company. In a given year, it wasn't uncommon for Brad's team to be tasked with more than fifty projects around the performance testing process. This experience led Brad to found his ow... (more)

Top Misconceptions of Load Testing in an Agile Environment | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

Fast. If you asked me to describe Agile Development in one word, that's the word I'd choose: fast. The notion of speed is embedded into the very fabric of Agile. You find it in all sorts of Agile terms and practices. Think about it: You plan everything in sprints. You measure the velocity of the team to improve efficiency. Coordination happens in a 15-minute daily standup. Even integration happens continuously. So why is it that performance testing is often saved for the end of the Agile Development process? It's like developers think they can't improve efficiency until all the c... (more)

Don’t Get Spooked! How to Plan and Execute Last Minute Performance Testing | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

It's 4:49pm on a Thursday. The phone rings. Wendy, the Performance Engineer: Hi, this is Wendy. Larry, Head of Development: Wendy, I'm so glad I caught you before you took off for the day. How are you? Wendy: Ummm, fine. Larry: Great. Listen, we were able to jam that great new feature into our latest build and want to make sure it's included in this weekend's load testing. Can you get that going for us so that we have results on Monday? Wendy: On... Monday? An owl hoots in the distance. Load tests can be super-scary if you aren't expecting them. They take a fair amount of planni... (more)