Defining Testing Objectives - LoadRunner

Before you begin testing, you should define exactly what you want to accomplish. Following are common application testing objectives that LoadRunner helps you test, as described in Robert W. Buchanan, Jr’s The Art of Testing Network Systems (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996).

Defining Testing Objectives

A more detailed description of each objective appears at the end of this chapter.

Stating Objectives in Measurable Terms

Once you decide on your general load testing objectives, you should identify more focused goals by stating your objectives in measurable terms. To provide a baseline for evaluation, determine exactly what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable test results.

For example:

General Objective - Product Evaluation: choose hardware for the Web server.

Focused Objective - Product Evaluation: run the same group of 300 virtual users on two different servers, HP and NEC. When all 300 users simultaneously browse the pages of your Web application, determine which hardware gives a better response time.

Deciding When to Test

Load testing is necessary throughout the product life cycle. The following table illustrates what types of tests are relevant for each phase of the product life cycle:

Deciding When to Test

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