Stress testing

Software you develop in an agile environment should be robust and stable. You can measure that through stress testing. Stress testing is a form of software testing that evaluates a software application’s stability and dependability. Stress testing is used to evaluate software’s resilience and error handling skills under extremely high load circumstances, as well as to ensure that software does not crash in critical scenarios. It also goes beyond standard operational settings to see how software performs in severe situations.

The purpose of stress testing is to examine how the system reacts following a failure. A system should provide an acceptable error message when under high conditions for stress testing to be effective. Massive data sets may be utilized to conduct Stress Testing, which may become lost throughout the process. While stress testing, testers should not lose this security-related information.

Your software would be subjected to lot of stress during certain instances. For example, the level of stress will increase during festive seasons. Stress testing can help you to ensure that the system will not crash during such situations.

Multiple approaches are available for you to do stress testing. They include application stress testing, transactional stress testing, systematic stress testing, and exploratory stress testing.

Before stress testing, you should plan it carefully. You should analyze the system and gather system data. Then you should create the automation scripts. Along with that, you can proceed with executing the scripts. You can then do a result analysis. This will help you to discover bottlenecks that exist. You can then tweak and optimize the system, so that you can end up with receiving benchmark results. Some popular tools that you can use for stress testing include Jmeter, LoadRunner, Neo Load, and Stress Tester.

— Slimane Zouggari