It’s no surprise that load testing is a staple of the software development lifecycle. In the technology world, it’s the equivalent of a chef tasting their food before sending it to the dining room, or an artist adding that final flourish before declaring a piece complete. In essence, load testing ensures that the product is perfect.
The process of overloading a system and measuring its response reveals how a system will behave under various loads (otherwise known as load testing) is crucial to the product’s success. Yet all too often, load testing falls by the wayside. Trying to cut corners during this crucial stage can doom your project to failure. Here are the top five reasons to stop rushing your load testing:
You only have time to test in production
While completing load testing in production may seem efficient, it opens the door to multiple potential issues. Instead of testing the system’s capabilities step-by-step, rushing testing doesn’t allow time to guarantee the product can handle the load.
You think a single-use case is enough to test
In an ideal world, software would work flawlessly every time. The conditions would be perfect and the user interactions impeccable, creating a seamless, picture-perfect user experience. However, the chances of that occurring every time the system is stressed are little to none. So why use a single-use case to load test and verify the software’s ability?
You don’t identify critical KPIs.
KPIs, or key performance indicators, are crucial when conducting any performance evaluation, especially in load testing. They measure every type of activity in the software but to maximize their ability, you need to define the standards. Neglecting to distinguish KPIs leaves nothing to measure load testing against and no easy way to improve the software.
You are the crash test dummy.
By definition, load testing is intended to define how much traffic the software can handle before it crashes. But each stress test reveals crucial information about the state of your software, data that can be easily missed if you are focused on simply overloading the software. Taking note of these indicators could mean the difference between a successful system and an unforgettable failure.
It should go without saying that you need sufficient data to conduct your testing. But when the pressure is on, the deadline is approaching, and the product needs to be complete, it can be too easy to rush the product through the final testing phases without collecting all the required details for efficient, accurate testing. Slowing down to ensure you have the correct data may take longer, but it guarantees the best possible product for your customers.
No matter your timeline, take the time to slow down and conduct a thorough session of load testing. Your product (and customer) will thank you.