Holistic Performance Testing: Change, Chaos, Conformity & Conflict

Tutorial M     Start Time : 08:30     End Time : 12:30

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Talk Abstract:

Performance Engineering has become increasingly complex and critical to the success and user adoption of web applications, especially with evolving technologies and the demand to be at Internet scale. Not all performance testing strategies are implemented alike to fulfill the needs of the business. As performance test engineers, we are often tasked with challenges not only in the ever changing technical realm of the applications we test, but also in the varying levels of software we diagnose, cross functional teams we support, time constraints, varying or inadequate test environments, misfit resources, cross discipline reporting, changing market trends, evolving corporate practices, etc.

We are not “jacks of all trades”, nor “masters of all tools and technologies”. Yet, as performance test engineers, we are tasked to develop broad and dynamic expertise to deliver performance testing solutions amidst Change, Chaos, Conformity and Conflict. It is certainly no easy task to navigate these “4 C’s”. Expertise in scripting and performance testing tools are part of the many elements that are essential for the success and growth of a performance test engineer, but certainly not the only ones. We are also requirement gatherers, strategist, investigators, advisers, performance advocates, analysts, estimators, researchers, negotiators, presenters, predictors and much more.

In the spirit of working well with our challenges and evolving practice, performance test engineers need to be adaptive and flexible to navigate the “4 C’s” and embrace change. Join Mais Tawfik Ashkar in this half-day tutorial as she shares her performance testing experience and explores performance stories, challenges and solutions in a collaborative learning session. You will leave this tutorial with an understanding of the various elements, skills, techniques and strategies that can help you tackle performance testing challenges and grow holistically in your performance engineering approach.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand the trending industry challenges, their implications on performance engineering and navigating them
  2. Explore skills, techniques and strategies that can help you tackle and work well with performance testing challenges, and grow holistically in your performance testing approach.
  3. Learn critical steps on how to approach performance testing from a holistic perspective to engineer End-to-End actionable performance testing solutions


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  • Speaker

  • Mais Tawfik Ashkar


    Mais Tawfik Ashkar - Principal Performance Engineering Consultant/Owner, PerfNG, LLC, United States

    Mais Tawfik Ashkar, winner of EuroSTAR 2018 Best Tutorial Award, is a Performance Engineering Consultant guiding clients to delivering faster, more scale-able and reliable applications. Prior to consulting, Mais was a Performance Engineering Manager and lead with Pearson Learning Technologies, representing their Denver and offshore teams. She was also overseeing performance and scale solutions. An organizer of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability [WOPR] and a former SQUAD board member, Mais has over 12 years of experience in the software engineering industry. She has worked as a software performance engineer, automation engineer, and a consultant.

    She is an accomplished speaker, and has presented at EuroSTAR, STPCon, ExpoQA, QUEST QAI, WOPR and SQuAD conferences. Mais is passionate about the multi-faceted discipline of software quality engineering and data analytics. She is experienced with leading and implementing performance engineering and data analytics solutions at the enterprise level for highly complex, integrated, and distributed systems. As an Independent consultant, she is focused on implementing innovative solutions around the performance engineering discipline. Mais also offers coaching, training, and consulting services helping clients evolve their performance testing practices and deliver faster and more scale-able applications.

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