Advancing Performance Testing Excellence: The Performance Testing Maturity Model
Parijat Sharma (IBM MaaS360)
Tushar Mehta (IBM Security Verify)
A Maturity Model provides insights for refining processes and practices within an organization. Industry today employs various models like the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) by SEI, SOA maturity models, Project Management Maturity model (PMM), etc.
This article introduces the Performance Testing Maturity Model (PTMM). This model emerged from various discussions about performance testing challenges that teams encounter during the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Challenges vary based on factors such as architecture, product maturity, customer base, team size, and more.
The PTMM empowers product teams by understanding and anticipating performance testing challenges in a broader context.
In contrast to industry-wide TMMs like SEI-CMM, the PTMM focuses exclusively on challenges, issues, and processes related to performance testing.
Some of the benefits of PTMM are:
· Assessment: PTMM provides a framework to assess an organization's or a team’s current performance testing capabilities and practices. Organizations can benchmark themselves against performance testing best practices and identify areas for improvement.
· Roadmap: PTMM helps teams understand the steps required to enhance their testing processes systematically by providing a roadmap to progress from lower to higher maturity levels.
· Continuous Improvement: Organizations can gradually evolve their performance testing practices by following the incremental stages outlined in the model.
· Risk Reduction: PTMM encourages robust testing processes, better identification and mitigation of defects, and reducing the chances of critical issues emerging in the later stages of development or in production.
· Strategic Decision-Making: PTMM offers insights into an organization's testing strengths and weaknesses.
· Collaboration: Effective communication is facilitated by standardized practices and shared understanding of testing expectations.
· Customer Satisfaction: Enhanced testing maturity directly contributes to better product quality.