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9 Tips on Smart Performance Test Reporting

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Your key to smart reporting as part of quality software testing is presenting the information to the audience in a simple, quick and intuitive manner.

Here are 9 underlying principles to follow for effective reporting of your performance testing results.

  • Report Early and Often

Constant sharing of data and information is crucial to get the overall success of your performance testing project. For an effective approach to this, send stakeholders the summary tables and charts every couple of days in an email which contains concise statements for all key points.

  • Use Visuals

Many people find statistics and data reported a visual format easier to digest. Especially this is true with performance results data in which the data volume is often large and most valuable findings result from identifying patterns in your data.

  • Make Your Report Intuitive

The issues of your report should be intuitively and quickly clear from your presentation. A method to ensure the intuitiveness is removing all identifiers and labels from your charts and graphs as well as all the identifying information from the narratives.

  • Use Appropriate Statistics

Despite a widespread need for understanding multiple statistical concepts, there are software testers, developers and managers who are bad at it. Therefore, if you don’t have confidence in what statistics you should use in order to cove a certain issue, ask for assistance.

  • Consolidate Your Data Correctly

It’s not strongly necessary to consolidate your results, but in this way demonstrating patterns of the results consolidated into a couple of graphs tends to be easier. Additionally, remember that only identical and statistically similar test executions’ results may be consolidated into your performance report’s charts and tables.

  • Summarize Your Data Effectively

When you summarize the results, they are more likely to better demonstrate their meaningful patterns. Summary your charts and tables to present the data from various test executions alongside so that patterns and trends can be easily identified.

  • Customize Your Reports

There are three groups of people who usually read your performance testing reports: technical, non-technical members of your team and stakeholders who aren’t in the team. While reporting, ensure you know your audience and its expectations before you decide in what way you should present your results.

  • Make Concise Verbal Summaries

Your results should contain at least a brief verbal summary while there are also results which are most easily to present in writing. Decide on what to include in such summaries based on the intended audience.

  • Make Your Data Available

Your data provides different people with different value at different times. By making it available you’ll also minimize the common perception that your performance results are just fabrications based on some set of processes and tools they don’t understand.

Use the above principles every time you’re set to deliver a great report of performance test results your quality software testing strategy will draw on.

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