The Four Hats of Load and Performance Testing

Performance testing may be the most critical function to assuring business success and continuity under unexpected application stress conditions. Professionals in this domain develop several key skills to model realistic workloads, develop robust scripts, monitor complex environments, and deliver actionable results.

In this webinar hear how good teams effectively utilize the skills associated with the four hats of performance testing:

  1. Business Analyst, for effective test planning
  2. Developer, for creating maintainable scripts
  3. Systems Engineer, to identify and configure resource monitors
  4. Data Analyst, to interpret and report results

Dan Downing, Managing Principal at Mentora, is a veteran performance tester, teacher, author, and presenter, with 30 years of enterprise testing expertise.  Join Dan and fellow test industry veteran, Brad Johnson, SOASTA’s VP of Product, as they explore these four key areas where skills and expert tools must intersect to deliver speed and quality in today’s fast moving companies.

About the presenters:

Dan Downing, Managing Principal, Application Testing, Mentora

Dan leads the Enterprise Application Performance Testing practice and serves as the principal consultant for quality assessments and large enterprise projects. He has 30 years technical and leadership experience as programmer, sales engineer, product manager, senior manager, and has led enterprise load testing projects for a variety of industries. Dan is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in load testing and created the 5-Steps of Load Testing methodology taught at Mercury Interactive. He is a frequent presenter at software quality conferences such as STAR, STPCon, and Workshop on Performance and Reliability for which he is one of the organizers. 

Brad Johnson, VP Product, SOASTA

Brad Johnson has been supporting testers since the turn of the last century as head of monitoring and test products at Compuware, Mercury Interactive and Borland. He joined the new school of testing in 2009 when he signed on with SOASTA to deliver cloud testing on the CloudTest platform to a skeptical and established software testing market. Now, with the experience of tens-of-thousands of tests and hundreds of companies embracing the cloud, and using the same for mobile test automation, he’s helping expand the horizons of testers everywhere.