The Performance Testing Handbook
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The Performance Testing Handbook

A practical guide

About the Book

Are you struggling with Performance Testing? , this book may be for you.

This book is for software testing engineers who are discovering performance testing for the first time, it doesn’t matter if you are an experienced tester or a newbie this book is for you.

Addresses an urgent need in the marketplace for reference material on this subject, and tries to simplify the content to reach the majority of people that may need it.

Focusing only on the concepts and methodologies of the Performance Testing side from the tool that you may use whether it is JMeter, LoadRunner, or Gatling each tool has its own learning curve.

About the Author

Mohamed Tarek
Mohamed Tarek

With over 12 years of experience in software testing, Mohamed is performance testing expert who helps clients achieve optimal performance for their software applications and systems. He is highly proficient in Performance Testing (LoadRunner, JMeter and Performance Center)

Creator of TheTestTherapist - Performance and Security Testing Blog. Visit '

ISTQB Performance Testing Certified

HP LoadRunner 12.x Certified

About the Contributors

Beth Marshall
Beth Marshall
Paul Farrell
Paul Farrell
Reham Helal
Reham Helal
Sally Mohamed
Sally Mohamed
Tareq Hadid
Tareq Hadid

Table of Contents

Foreward by Beth Marshall


What I can promise you!

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Faster Websites Make More Money

What is performance testing

Performance testing vs performance engineering

Test automation vs performance testing

We are a team, not enemies


Performance tester roles and Responsibilities

Performance testing in CI/CD World

Chapter 2 - Things that you need to know

Response time

Hits per second



Error rate

Standard deviation

Service level agreement (SLA)

Load generators

Think Time

Load balancing

User session



Chapter 3 - Performance Testing Types

Load Testing

Stress Testing

Spike Testing

Endurance Testing (aka Soak Testing)

Volume Testing

High Availability Testing

Chapter 4 - Performance Testing Lifecycle

1: Identifying and analyzing Non-functional requirements

2: Test Strategy Formation

3: Design the Test

4: Execution of Performance Test

5: Test Results Analysis

6: Feedbacks and corrections

Chapter 5 - Performance Tuning

Chapter 6 - Performance Testing Challenges

1: Selection of suitable performance testing tools

2: Lack of proper test strategy & test coverage

3: Time and budget constraints

4: Lack of knowledge about the need for performance tests

5: Improper analysis of performance test outcomes

6: Difficulty in conducting tests in a production environment

Chapter 7 - Conclusion


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