If not, it should be.
Companies that include performance testing as part of DevOps benefit from faster release cycles, improved user experience, and a product that better satisfies both market and business requirements.
Incorporating performance testing into DevOps helps identify performance issues, fix errors and isolate root cause early in the release process. By testing critical APIs and flows at each check-in, you can reduce the number of QA cycles and avoid delays.
Here are some best practices to consider when integrating performance testing into your DevOps process:
- Refine performance success goals as your project evolves – see how the addition of different functions change the speed
- Use successful tests to establish a baseline for more accurate comparisons
- Prevent test environment changes from effecting performance metrics – create new baselines after changes, such as adding a new server, to ensure accurate comparisons
- Use a probing client to accurately measure the response of a single user compared to your performance criteria
- Ensure multiple concurrent tests are not affecting your results – use separate machines and load generators and make sure concurrently-run tests are not calling the same APIs
If you are implementing a DevOps process, following these best practices can be critical to your success. Read here for additional details.
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