performance testing

Conference Presentations

Rapid Performance Testing: No Load Generation Required
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Load testing is just one—but the most frequently discussed—aspect of performance testing. Luckily, much of performance testing does not demand the same expensive tools, special skills, environments, or time as load testing does. Scott Barber developed the...

Scott Barber, PerfTestPlus Inc.
Automated Performance Profiling with Continuous Integration
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Historically, performance tests are run long after the code has been checked in, making performance issues time consuming to resolve and thus not a good fit in the agile process. Ivan Kreslin presents a solution that he’s implemented to address this problem. Learn how Ivan integrates...

Ivan Kreslin, Mitchell International
The Four Dimensions of Performance Improvement
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a team dealt with unrealistic deadlines, impossible stakeholders, and demotivated testers, who had  no time to do things smarter and faster, just hammering away on the project “hamster wheel.” Then one day, as if heaven sent, a magical, but...

Marisa Müller, Micro to Mainframe (Pty) Ltd.
An Interview with Jim McCarthy: ADC-BSW 2013 Interview Series
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Committed to covering the latest trends and approaches for anyone investigating or implementing agile development practices, processes, technologies, and leadership principles, Agile Development & Better Software Conference West offers their 2013 interview series. 

Jim McCarthy, McCarthy Technologies Inc.
Build Your Own Performance Test Lab in the Cloud
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Many cloud-based performance and load testing tools claim to offer “cost-effective, flexible, pay-as-you-go pricing.” However, the reality is often neither cost-effective nor flexible. With many vendors, you will be charged whether or not you use the time (not cost effective), and...

Leslie Segal, Testware Associates Inc.
Leveraging Core Values for Healthier, More Productive Teams
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Although all teams require a healthy level of interaction, high-performing teams' interactions are all based on trust, respect, and shared goals. Such teams find ways to overcome the fear of conflict, and quickly identify and resolve issues that are getting in the way. Scott Ross shares how, when the Omnyx software R&D department determined their culture was hindering performance, they crafted a core values statement that has served them well for the past three years. Scott describes the ways they proactively and intentionally use their value statement to drive the culture they seek and discusses the results they have achieved. Take back the list of resources that Scott uses daily to help himself and others see how their actions add to and take away from their core values.

Scott Ross, Omnyx
Database Load Testing and Performance Analysis: New Approaches for Fast Results

Ever wonder exactly how a database becomes the bottleneck for an entire application? Ever think about replaying real production load to see if your application can stand the pressure? Ron Warshawsky presents novel methods for performing load testing at the database level to quickly identify database performance problems. Ron shares the best ways to load test the database side of applications and to analyze the performance of databases. To identify the root causes of database performance bottlenecks, Ron demonstrates how you can correlate load test data with database performance analysis results. Although Oracle is used as a case study database, the same methods are applicable to other databases including DB2, SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Ron Warshawsky, Enteros, Inc.
Performance Testing in the Agile World

Like agile development, performance testing is an iterative process in which new problems and risks are identified, and appropriate steps are taken to fix issues or mitigate risks. Experience tells us that in an agile environment, performance testing must be built into the development process, owned by the entire team, and coordinated by the performance analyst. Agile programs spanning multiple scrums running in parallel and sharing a common infrastructure present a unique set of problems that can challenge any performance analyst. Sai Subramanian shares his experience in the evolution of performance testing within agile teams. Sai discusses the strengths and challenges posed by the different levels of collaboration between the performance analysts and other project stakeholders.

Sai Subramanian, Cognizant Technology Solutions
Patterns of "Big" Scrum

Software development organizations adopting Scrum have struggled to apply it to big projects with multiple teams. Dan Rawsthorne is frequently asked, “What does ‘big’ Scrum look like?” Because no two organizations are alike, this simple question does not have a simple answer. However, Dan has discovered patterns that are common in organizations that successfully implement “big” scrum. The first pattern he explores-Product Owner Team-allows the organization to handle agility up and down the hierarchy. Dan also discusses the Cross-cutting Teams pattern that handles issues-architecture, usability, integration, performance, and evaluation-that the formal hierarchy can’t resolve. Finally, Dan discusses the BuddyUp pattern to describe the best way to work with subject matter experts from dispersed parts of the organization.

Dan Rawsthorne, Consultant
Is Open Source Too Open? Tips for Implementing a Governance Program

By next year, 90 percent of large enterprises will include open-source software as business critical elements of their IT portfolios. However, most software development organizations have limited capability to govern the process of selecting, managing, and distributing open-source components-leaving them exposed to unforeseen technical and compliance risks. Larry Roshfeld examines how open-source components-and their dependencies-may expose your company to unforeseen and unnecessary vulnerabilities. He outlines the significant threats to software quality, stability, performance, security, and intellectual property that have occurred using such components. Then, Larry shares an action plan for balancing the risk/reward trade-offs of open-source software in the enterprise. Find out how to ensure that your organization uses only the highest quality open-source components and avoids the common vulnerabilities.

Larry Roshfeld, Sonatype

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