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Episode 11: Performance Testing Pipes and Balloon Animals with Scott Barber and Mark Tomlinson

In this episode, listen in on one of Perfguild online conferences’ Ask Us Anything roundtables with Scott Barber and Mark Tomlinson. Scott is the founder of PerfTestPlus, and Mark is a host at PerfBytes, so they’re both performance testing uber-experts. Learn more about using functional automation scripts for performance testing, the future of performance testing, ways to get started with performance testing, and much, much more. Also listen up to find out how performance testing is similar to pipes and balloon animals.

Scott Barber is the CTO of PerfTestPlus, executive director of the Association for Software Testing (AST) and co-founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability (WOPR). A recognized expert in performance testing and analysis, he combines experience and a passion for solving performance problems with a context-driven approach he sometimes calls a “scientific art” to produce accurate results. Scott is an international keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and writer of articles for a variety of publications

Mark Tomlinson is a performance engineering and software testing enthusiast and co-founder of the popular PerfBytes podcasts. Mark's first experiences with computing started in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical transportation system, a project which captured his interest in software testing, quality assurance, and test automation. After extended work with Mercury Interactive, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and PayPal he has amassed broad experiences with real-world scenario testing of large and complex systems and is regarded as a leading expert on computer system performance. Mark now helps companies to adopt modern performance testing and engineering strategies, practices and behaviors for better performing technology.


Episode 10: How to Inject Robustness Testing Into Your Projects Dawn Haynes

Have you ever worked on a project where you felt the testing was thorough, yet in the first week of production the software had severe issues and problems? In this episode, Dawn Haynes will share how to inject robustness testing into your projects to uncover those issues before release. Robustness is an important and often overlooked area of performance testing. Listen to discover some strategies for making robustness testing a project-level concern.

Dawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach, and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. A highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. Passionate about improving the state of testing, Dawn engages with testers through writing, social media, training, meetups, and testing conferences worldwide. Selected in 2010 as one of twelve women of influence in Software Test and Performance magazine, Dawn is a founding member of the International Society for Software Testing, and a lifetime member, former secretary, and director of the Association for Software Testing.


Episode 09: Context-Driven Performance Testing with Alexander Podelko

In this episode, find out why the value of any practice, especially performance testing, depends on its context. While context-driven testing is usually associated with functional Testing, Alex Podelko, a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, explains how it works even better with performance-related activities. Listen up and discover a new approached, you can use with your performance testing planning efforts.

Alex Podelko has specialized in performance since 1997, working as a performance engineer and architect for several companies. Currently, he is a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Oracle, responsible for performance testing and optimization of Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence (a.k.a. Hyperion) products.

Alex periodically talks and writes about performance-related topics, advocating tearing down silo walls between different groups of performance professionals. His collection of performance-related links and documents (including his recent articles and presentations) can be found at http://www.alexanderpodelko.com.

Also, Alex currently serves as a director for the Computer Measurement Group (CMG), an organization of performance and capacity planning professionals.


Episode 08: Performance Advisory Council (PAC) 2019 Recap with Henrik Rexed

In this episode, Henrik Rexed of Neotys will join us to give us his recap of the 2019 Performance Advisory Council (PAC) event that took place in September. Listen in to find out which performance testing themes and topics stood out for him. Discover what the Performance Advisory Council is all about, as well as how to join the online PAC events to learn more about the latest in performance testing.

Henrik is a Performance Engineer at Neotys, a leading provider of load testing software. He has been orchestrating and conducting performance tests for over 10 years, delivering projects in all contexts including extremely large Cloud testing on the most demanding business areas such as trading applications, Video on Demand, sports websites, etc.

Prior to Neotys, Henrik worked as .NET architect for Logica and Performance testing expert on large accounts in a variety of industries including insurance, car industry, retail, and energy. Amongst the numerous initiatives he worked on, Henrik has built the performance Center of Excellence (CoE) handling load testing of all the European branches of a major insurance company.


Episode 07: Performance Testing From User Perspective with Jacek Okrojek

On most modern websites, performance testing measurement focuses on collecting information only about the performance of the lower layers of an application. But what about metrics from a user's perspective? In this episode, Jacek Okrojek from TestArmy will share his approach to obtaining information about UI metrics, which are critical from the user's perspective. Don’t miss it!

Jacek Okrojek’s foundation of technical expertise stems from hands-on developing, testing along with team-leading. As a consultant, he was a part of various test teams and was involved in testing all software lifecycle stages. He builds extensive experience while testing critical functions of a real-time system, which is GSM, financial platforms and also web and desktop applications. Understanding principles of quality assurance, proven by the ISTQB certification, gives him a solid background for the Test Team Leader and Test Manager roles.


Episode 06: Real Browsers Performance Testing with Keshav Vasudevan

Teams are more eager than ever to incorporate testing into their Agile and DevOps workflows. But what about performance testing? Today Keshav Vasudevan will share why protocol-level-based performance scripting can be time consuming, and how a real browser-based protocol performance approach may be better in certain situations. So listen up and discover actionable insights for creating user-based performance testing, and how to add them earlier in your development life cycle.

Keshav is a proven Product and Marketing leader in technology, with a passion for building and growing SaaS-based web and mobile applications. Has led product management and marketing of two successful SaaS products for SmartBear Software – LoadNinja and SwaggerHub.


Episode 05: The Future of Application Performance Monitoring with Scott Moore

In this episode, Scott Moore will share his thoughts about Application Performance Monitoring. We’ll discuss the latest Gartner report on full performance monitoring and where he thinks we might be heading over the next few years. Listen up and discover more about APM observability and AI Ops.

With over 27 years of IT experience with various platforms and technologies, Scott has worked with some of the largest applications and infrastructures in the world. Scott founded LoadTester Incorporated in 2004 and co-founded Northway Solutions Group in 2010. In 2015, Scott Moore Consulting LLC was set up to provide consulting services around Performance Testing, Performance Engineering, and Performance Monitoring. He is an active thought leader in the performance engineering space.


Episode 04: JMeter Tips and Tricks with Christina Thalayasingam

Today we’ll be speaking with Christina Thalayasingam all about Jmeter. Christina shares her top JMeter tips and tricks to help create better performance test. So listen up!

Christina is an Associate Quality Engineering Lead with 5+ years of with experience in both Automation and Manual Testing. She also possesses strong skills in Test Automation in both functional and non-functional testing. She comes from the development background as she has worked on PHP Web Development and Android Mobile Development before taking up Quality Engineering. She is passionate about learning about new testing tools and technologies. She is driven to concentrate on the importance of non-functional testing. She has been actively contributing to Test Automation. She has been talking at various meetups and Selenium Conf 2016 – London, Selenium Conf 2017- Austin, TX, Selenium Conf 2018 – Chicago – IL, the Colombo Test Automation 2017 – Sri Lanka and PerfGuild 2019.


Episode 03: Shift-Right in Performance Testing with Jonathan Wright

Today we’ll be speaking with Jonathan Wright about the “shift-right” paradigm in the performance testing life cycle. Jonathan will also share his thoughts on newer developments in performance tools regarding intelligent operations. Prepare to discover the latest in all things performance testing related.

Jonathon Wright is a strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist. He specializes in emerging technologies, intelligent automation and cognitive adoption (deep learning), and has more than 20 years’ of international commercial experience within global organizations. He is currently the CTO for Digital-Assured.com based in Oxford in the UK, advocacy board director for various not for profit such as Vivit-Worldwide.org and is a representative of the European Commission on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Jonathon combines his practical experience and leadership with real-world insights behind the core principles and practices underpinning Enterprise AI, Smart Cities (IoT / C2X & I2X) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Jonathon is the author of several award-winning books.


Episode 02: What’s it like to be a Site Reliability Engineer with Laura Stone

Want to learn more about what it takes to become a site reliability engineer? Laura Stone, a senior site reliability engineer at Klaviyo, will share some of her experiences working full time as an SRE. Listen and discover Laura's favorite tools and tips for success.

About Laura Stone: Hi, I’m Laura. I believe that done is better than perfect, that iteration, simplicity, and customer feedback are keys to success, and that community-driven efforts lead to powerful change. When I’m not working (Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Klaviyo) or organizing the PyLadies Boston and Boston Devops meetups, I enjoy a nice cup of tea and board games with friends.


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