While testing methodology can vary, there is still a generic framework you can use to address the specific purpose of your performance tests – which is ensuring that everything will work properly in a variety of circumstances as well as identifying weaknesses.
1 – Identify the testing environment
Before you begin the testing process, it’s essential to understand the details of the hardware, software, and network configurations you’ll be using. Comprehensive knowledge of this environment makes it easier to identify problems that testers may encounter.
2 – Identify performance acceptance criteria
Before carrying out the tests, you must clearly define the success criteria for the application – as it will not always be the same for each project. When you are unable to determine your success criteria, it’s recommended that you find a similar application as the benchmark.
3 – Define planning and performance testing scenarios
To carry out reliable tests, it’s necessary to determine how different types of users might use your application. Identifying key scenarios and data points is essential for conducting tests as close to real conditions as possible:
- Set up the testing environment
- Implement test design
- Run and monitor tests
- Analyze, adjust and re-do the tests
After running your tests, you must analyze and consolidate the results. Once the necessary changes are done to resolve the issues, tests should be repeated to ensure the elimination of any others.