Software Performance Testing Optimization – Choosing User Scenarios

Software performance testing is a critical activity in software development projects especially for web-based software applications. As features build up from iteration to iteration, software performance testing becomes critical in finding potential bottlenecks before they become customer-facing issues.

You’ve invested significantly in a software performance tool and you’ve decided to embark on a testing your software’s performance but now you’re thinking, what scenarios should I test? You could do some research and insert code into your software in order to collect user metrics and paths. However, you don’t want to wait for that and you want to get it done now.

  • Quickly assess which user scenarios should be tested first.
  • Depending on how much time and resources you have, apply different criteria to focus your efforts.
  • Get results fast, that you can act on to improve your software’s performance.

Through XBOSoft’s years of experience in testing software performance in many different environments, we’ve developed some simple heuristics on how to choose performance testing scenarios using Pareto’s principle to get the most bang for the buck fast based on your organization’s particular situation.

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