This appendix contains a convenient quick reference, drawn from earlier chapters, of the steps required at each stage of planning and carrying out a proof of concept (POC), performance test execution, and performance test analysis.
A proof of concept is an important prerequisite because it does the following (see Chapter 3 for details):
Provides an opportunity for a technical evaluation of the performance testing tool against the target application
Identifies scripting test data requirements
Allows an assessment of scripting effort
Demonstrates the capabilities of the performance testing solution against the target application
You should anticipate no more than a couple of days for completion, assuming that the environment and application are available from day one.
The following should be in place before you set up the POC environment:
A written set of success or exit criteria that you and the customer have agreed on as determining the success or failure of the POC.
Access to a standard build workstation or client platform that meets the minimum hardware and software specification for your performance testing tool or solution; this machine must have the application client and any supporting software installed.
Permission to install any monitoring software that may be required into the POC test environment.
Ideally, sole access to the application ...