The specific steps of performance testing will vary from one organization and application to the next. It depends on what performance indicators the business considers most important. Nevertheless, the general goals of performance testing are largely the same across the board so there’s a certain workflow most testing plans will follow.
Identify the Test Environment and Tools
Identify the production environment, testing environment, and testing tools at your disposal. Document the hardware, software, infrastructure specifications, and configurations in both test and production environments to ensure coherence. Some performance testing may occur in the production environment but there must be rigorous safeguards that prevent the testing from disrupting production operations.
Define Acceptable Performance Criteria
Determine the constraints, goals, and thresholds that will demonstrate test success. The major criteria will be derived directly from the project specifications, but testers should be adequately empowered to set a wider set of tests and benchmarks.
Plan and Design Tests
Think about how widely usage is bound to vary then create test scenarios that accommodate all feasible use cases. Design the tests accordingly and outline the metrics that should be captured.
Prepare Test Environment and Tools
Configure the testing environment before you execute the performance tests. Assemble your testing tools in readiness.
Run the Performance Tests
Execute the tests. Capture and monitor the results.
Resolve and Retest
Consolidate and analyze test results. Share the findings with the project team. Fine tune the application by resolving the performance shortcomings identified. Repeat the test to confirm each problem has been conclusively eliminated.