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Scott Barber


Chief performance evangelist for SmartBear Scott Barber is a respected leader in the advancement of software testing practices, an industry activist, and load testing celebrity of sorts. Scott authored several books―Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, Beautiful Testing, How to Reduce the Cost of Testing, and Web Load Testing for Dummies―and more than 100 articles and blog posts. Founder/president of PerfTestPlus, Scott co-founded the WOPR, served as director of the AST and CMG, and is a founding member of ISST. His industry writing, speaking, and activism focus on improving the effectiveness and business alignment of software development practices. Learn more about Scott Barber.

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Application Performance Testing: A Simplified Universal Approach

In response to increasing market demand for high performance applications, many organizations implement performance testing projects, often at great expense. Sadly, these solutions alone are often insufficient to keep pace with emerging expectations and competitive pressures. With specific examples from recent client implementations, Scott Barber shares the fundamentals of implementing T4APM™, a simple and universal approach that is valuable independently or as an extension of existing performance testing programs. The T4APM™ approach hinges on applying a simple and unobtrusive Target, Test, Trend, Tune cycle to tasks in your application lifecycle—from a single unit test through entire system production monitoring. Leveraging T4APM™ on a particular task may require knowledge specific to the task, but learning how to leverage the approach does not. Scott provides everything you need to become the T4APM™ coach and champion, and to help your team keep up with increasing demand for better performance, regardless of your current title or role.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 9:45am
Performance Testing
Next-Generation Performance Testing with Lifecycle Monitoring

With the increasing market demand for “always on” high performance applications, many organizations find that their traditional load testing programs have failed to keep pace with expectations and competitive pressures. Agile development practices and DevOps concepts of continuous delivery cause old load testing approaches to become unacceptable bottlenecks in the delivery process. Although it remains true that the only way to know for certain how a system will respond to load is to subject it to load, much of what load testing has traditionally accomplished is rooting out performance issues that are detectable and resolvable without actually applying load. The trick is knowing when and how to look for these issues. With specific examples from recent client implementations, Scott Barber shares the T4APM™ approach, a simple and universal process to detect and manage performance issues—with or without applying load—throughout the lifecycle.