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T19 performance testing effort - estimation or guesstimation revised

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T19 performance testing effort - estimation or guesstimation revised

  1. 1. © 2006, Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. By Narendra Ponnuswamy Narendra.Ponnuswamy@cognizant.com Performance Testing Effort : Estimation or Guesstimation ?
  2. 2. Agenda Performance Testing & Estimation Pain Areas in Estimation Divide & Conquer Strategy Estimation Tips Approach Summing it up 2
  3. 3. Performance Testing & Estimation  Performance Testing is the process of determining the speed of an application under heavy user load.  It is an automated testing normally done using Industry standard tools. “Well begun is half done” A good estimate is a solid foundation for the project. But some inevitable questions arise during any Investment. 3
  4. 4. Triangle Model Optimal resources to achieve timely delivery Quality should not be compromised Cost Benefit and Maximum Value with least investment Cost 4 Time Quality
  5. 5. Pain Areas in Estimation  NFR’s (Non Functional Requirements) not properly defined  Less time planned for Performance Testing  Unplanned additional runs due to performance issues identified  Frequent code changes causing rework  Building a test environment similar to production 5 “There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply” - Josh Billings
  6. 6. Divide & Conquer Strategy  “Divide and Conquer “ Strategy was successfully used by British and Roman empires to rule the world. Requirements Analysis Performance Testing Effort Execution Delivery Design and Development 6
  7. 7.  Non Functional Requirement (NFRs) Analysis  Estimate Development  Tool Evaluation  Requirements Signoff Requirements Analysis Design and Development Test Execution Delivery •Requirements Analysis •Coordination with other teams •Proof of Concept if any •Test Strategy •Test Plan •Test Design •Test Scripts •Smoke Test Execution •Test Execution •Coordination with other teams •Monitoring and tuning •Test Summary Report •Executive Summary Report •Review and Sign Off Critical Efforts in Various Stages 7
  8. 8. 8 Approach Level 0 • High level Estimate • Roles defined • Includes detailed Requirement Analysis and Planning effort • Includes POC effort • Tool investment if any • Refined Hour estimate • Detailed split up of estimate for various stages • Includes detailed scripting and test execution effort • Refined Hour estimate if requirements change • Includes additional scripting and test execution effort due to additional complexities Benefits Snapshot Benefit Snapshot •High level Estimate • Proof Of Concept effort •Tool Investment if any • Refined Hour estimate • Detailed split up of estimate for various stages • Includes detailed scripting and test execution effort •Helps Project Manager plan for Performance Testing effort •Requirement Analysis and Planning effort well defined •Informs Stakeholders with detailed effort split up •Opportunity to reduce scope (if there are any budget constraints ) •Change in requirements is reflected •Helps avoid last minute surprises 8 Level 1 Level 2
  9. 9. Estimation Tool 9
  10. 10. Estimation Tips 10 Which requirements should I consider from the chart below ? Never be “Penny wise and Pound foolish”
  11. 11. Estimation Tips 11 • Determine application complexity • Determine the number of Non Functional Requirements • Identify the number of test cases (Each test case becomes a script) • Finalize the number of test runs • Determine servers that need to be monitored • Determine Data Setup and Environment Setup effort Commonly identified risks: • Frequent application changes impacting initially planned effort • Unstable environment causing additional effort
  12. 12. I 80/20 Rule 12 Tasks that consume more time :  Scripting Activities  Test Execution  Data Setup Sample display of distribution : Other Activities Test Development Test Execution Data Setup
  13. 13. 13  Performance Testing estimation should be given early in the project  Listing assumptions in the estimate clearly communicates the constraints involved. Bottom Line:  Estimation is not an exact science but it is not an approximation either.  Lack of a proper technique could make it a Guesstimation. Summing it up

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