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equation on chalkboard Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation

To cover your bases when testing performance, you may try writing a "performance equation" so you can check each factor. But the individual pieces do not always equal the whole picture. It can be easy to overlook performance-affecting components. Testing is much more about the discovery of systems’ behaviors than verification of a few samples of expected behavior.

Albert Gareev
scale Using Key Performance Indicators in the Transition from Legacy Systems

Switching from a legacy system to a composite application can be tricky: The transition will require a lot of restructuring. To be sure you’re conducting the most streamlined, complete transfer possible, focus on key performance indicators. Defining KPIs can help prioritize objectives and create an efficient new workflow.

Jessica Paddock
Service virtualization 4 Ways to Boost Your Test Process with Service Virtualization

One of the major challenges in software development is ensuring that all the software components needed to do integration and end-to-end testing are available in the test environment. Implementing service virtualization can remove environment setup as a blocking condition—and enable project teams to release better software, faster.

Bas Dijkstra
Check mark: performance testing Modern Application Performance Testing

In order to understand if performance matches needs, testing is a necessity. While there are many areas that help define testing parameters, three overarching testing concepts must be addressed in order to provide appropriate performance for modern applications: your users, your data, and your environment.

Terri Calderone
Load Testing Environment Six Tips for Building a Better Load Testing Environment

Building a realistic test environment is essential for the success of your load testing, but it is also a challenging task that can require resolving technological, organizational, and security issues. This article can serve as a roadmap for building a faster and more efficient load testing environment that leads to quicker deployments.

David (Dudu) Buch
Technical Practices Accelerating the Adoption of Technical Practices

Agile teams are supposed to take responsibility for how they work and how they learn. But what if you need to jump-start that learning? Agile transformation is about making this happen rather than waiting for it to happen. You need to get your team to learn the technical side of agile, and soon. Here are some effective approaches.

Scott Barnes Clifford Berg
Testers in an Agile Environment The Role of Testers in an Agile Environment

There are many diverse ideas about what being a tester means in agile development environments. This leads to confusion between how agile testers and agile QA “fit” into agile teams and what the QA tester responsibilities are. John Stevenson explains why there appears to be some fear and a little distrust of agile environments among some testers, then offers suggestions for dealing with their confusion.

John Stevenson
Test Automation Stumbling Blocks: Ignoring Routine Maintenance

Just like a vehicle or any other complex machine with moving parts, test automation requires regular maintenance to keep it in a running state. And just as with vehicles, failing to perform routine maintenance of your test automation suite causes a buildup of minor issues, which, over time, creates compounding and expensive failures.

Don Prather
How to Improve Meetings When You're Not in Charge

What can you do if you have to attend other people's horrible meetings? Even if you can't stand up and take control, you can nudge the meeting in the right direction from where you sit. Now that you're on the edge of your seat, keep reading!

Esther Derby
First Things First: Emotions in the Workplace

What do you do when you're upset about something at home and you know you need to focus on work? Do you try to push your emotions aside and tough it out? Paradoxically, when we ignore our emotional responses they poke back up and get in the way. When emotions are acknowledged, people are better able to focus on the task at hand. Esther Derby offers some advice for dealing with the "human stuff."

Esther Derby

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