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Infuriatingly Fun Performance Puzzlers

It’s been a little while, but you might remember our friend George who’s been working on performance for awhile now. This time he sees the CPU % was maxed out on the database server, there were no sessions blocked or locked, the I/O was throttled at 1 GBit/sec. The end users were complaining that reports […]

WORKSHOP: Interpreting and Reporting Performance Test Results

You’ve worked hard to define, develop and execute a performance test on a new application to determine its behavior under load. You have barrels full of numbers. What’s next? The answer is definitely not to generate and send a canned report from your testing tool. Results interpretation and reporting is where a performance tester earns […]

Making History with Testing

Leveraging automated tests and “Time Travel” to help with manual testing. At Ontario Systems, we have begun using a tool that performs tests “over time”. Not only does this tool perform automated tests, but also creates historical data to support manual testing. It takes about 5 minutes to perform a “years’ worth of testing” with […]

Automation Challenges – A Round Table Discussion

– Are you having chronic challenges with your automation initiative? – Do you ever wish that you could discuss those situations with others who may have the same challenges or who have had success in overcoming those challenges? – Do you have experience overcoming common automation challenges that you want to share? – Are you […]

Continuous Delivery a QA View

Continuous Delivery is the new tweak to Agile’s KanBan. As such this brings new challenges to the QA world. Test Engineers and specifically test automation engineers need to make the adjustment from a functional automater that only runs their tests once per cycle or once per day to an automation engineer that has their tests, […]

The Art of Gherkin Scripting

Test scripts have always been difficult to write. Do you have enough detail? Is there too much detail? What is the purpose of this script? These questions have bothered testing professionals for a long time. Over the past few years a solution has emerged that solves problems with writing test scripts. With the creation of […]

You Bet Your Life – Playing the Automation Tool Selection Game

What’s the best automation tool? That’s a valid question, right? Absolutely! You’ve asked it; I’ve asked it. The concern is not the question itself, but when the question is asked. Too often, this is the first question asked when starting an automation initiative, but is there a more appropriate time to ask it? Perhaps we […]

More Top Performance Problems and Metrics for Testing

Ever wondered why Healthcare.gov really had a problem or why BestBuy was down on Black Friday? Or what is the real reason behind that maintenance screen when you just tried to access your online banking system? If the system crashed under the load – why didn’t they test it properly? Or did they but forgot […]