Chapter 2. Overview of Performance Engineering

Now that we understand where to start with Performance Engineering, having defined both the term itself and also why it is important, let’s dive into more specifics of how it is applied throughout the lifecycle. As we walk through each commonly defined step within a lifecycle, we will explore where and how companies leverage these capabilities to deliver the results we identified in the last chapter.

Performance Engineering Throughout the Lifecycle

As you start to incorporate Performance Engineering capabilities into your lifecycle, it is important to understand what some of these areas are, and put these into context with some typical flow nomenclature. In the following sections we define each of these key elements with specifics—what, why, and how—so you have a more complete understanding of how to add Performance Engineering throughout the lifecycle.

One of the challenges in building Effective Performance Engineering or a performance-first culture is defining who does what, when, and how. This kind of organizational alignment and agreement is as important as the daily scrum meeting of an Agile team. If everyone agrees that performance is important, but not on how to address it, then nothing is done about it.

First, we need to agree that while everyone is responsible for the performance of our business applications, someone needs to be accountable. One person, or team in a larger organization, needs to make sure everyone is playing ...

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