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Introduction to Performance Testing

The course explains the different types of Performance Testing and why it is important; software and hardware requirements; how to design effective performance tests; and test execution and analysis. This is a non-tool specific course, but demos are shown using a popular performance tool to aid understanding. Throughout the course practical examples are demonstrated, and the delegates have exercises at the end of every chapter to aid comprehension.

By the end of this course, delegates will be confident in writing and executing effective Performance Tests.

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Introduction to Performance Testing

£TBC per delegate

The course is run over 1 day and includes all course materials. Lunch and refreshments are provided for some onsite courses. Please check course details for further information.

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Who should attend

  • Beginners in software testing
  • Testers with previous non-functional testing experience

Exam Details

There is no exam as part of this course.


  • Understand the key principles of non-functional testing
  • Understanding how to plan for an effective performance test
  • Understand the team responsibilities in Performance Testing
  • Learn how to design the test and execute it
  • Look at analysis tools and how to identify bottlenecks in the system under test

"The instructor, Tom Millichamp was excellent. He explained everything very clearly and answered every question in great detail".

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Course Content & Agenda

The following topics will be covered during the course:

Introduction Artboard 1 copy 4

What is performance testing?

Types of performance tests

Understanding workload

Alternatives to Performance Testing

Considerations before engagement

Software & Hardware Artboard 1 copy 4

Overview of hardware

Overview of software

Resources requirements

Virtual users

The controller

The analysis component

System architecture

Testing through firewalls

Geography-specific testing

Planning an Effective Performance Test Artboard 1 copy 4

Understanding workload and the 'Peak Hour'

Application concurrency

Data requirements

Monitoring strategy

Execution & Reporting Artboard 1 copy 4

A look at hardware & software monitors

Network delay information, protocol specific information

Different kinds of scenario profiles

Reporting: what to report? What is a pass/fail?

Analysis & Investigation Artboard 1 copy 4

Understanding transactional response times

Understanding transaction pass/fail numbers

Identifying high risk transactions

Improvement and re-runs

Conclusion & Demo Artboard 1 copy 4

What does theory looks like in practice?

A demo (using one of the most popular Performance Testing tools)

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