AT*SQA Micro-Credentials - Performance Testing
Performance is a major quality factor in most systems and applications, regardless of the computing environment. A system or application may be functionally correct, but if it fails to deliver the needed performance it is likely to be considered a failure. Performance testing is one way to measure system performance in advance of deploying the system, and it is something every software team should understand with the help of this micro-credential.
Performance Testing in Software Development: What QA Teams Need to Know
Performance testing is a crucial component of software testing that ensures that a system performs optimally under specified loads.
AT*SQA's free Performance Testing body of knowledge and optional AT*Learn training webinar give QA teams basic knowledge about performance testing. Below is a general overview of performance testing.
Performance testing is a crucial component of software testing that ensures that a system performs optimally under specified loads. It assesses various performance metrics that may differ depending on the nature of the system, its environment, and its intended function. These include response times, load limit, scalability, reliability, and resource usage, to name a few.
Performance testing is primarily designed to determine how a system performs in terms of responsiveness and stability under a particular workload. It also serves to identify and eliminate performance bottlenecks in a system. Performance testing is different from functional testing, which focuses on testing specific functionalities of the system. There are different types of performance testing, each serving a unique purpose.
Performance testing provides valuable insights that help optimize and fine-tune a system before it goes live, ensuring it can handle expected loads and beyond. It uncovers what needs to be improved before a product can be launched, preventing potential downtimes and providing a better user experience. Performance testing is also essential because it verifies the speed, reliability, and stability of the software under duress. Identifying issues in the early stages of development can save significant time and resources later on.
Moreover, performance testing helps in optimizing the performance and scalability of a product, ensuring its long-term success. It plays a vital role in maintaining the reputation of a business as system crashes, slow response times, and poor usability can lead to customer dissatisfaction and revenue losses.
Performance testing is a critical part of quality assurance that determines a software product's success or failure. By ensuring that a system can handle the required tasks within acceptable time frames, performance testing guarantees a seamless and efficient user experience.
AT*SQA's free body of knowledge provides helpful insights into the different methods, benefits, and potential risks involved in performance testing. For those who prefer to watch a presentation on performance testing, AT*SQA also offers the $7.99 per month AT*Learn software testing training area.
After you have learned about performance testing, prove your knowledge with the Test Approaches micro-credential. Like all of AT*SQA's micro-credentials, upon passing, the micro-credential will appear on your profile in the Official U.S. List of Certified & Credentialed Software Testers™ and give you points toward your Testing Tiers® software tester ranking level.