We’ve all seen the disastrous results of not properly load testing and sites not being able to shoulder the traffic — the healthcare.gov site crashing in the United States is one example where people’s livelihoods were actually put at risk (e.g. this wasn’t someone being inconvenienced today while pre-ordering the iPhone 6).
So you’d think that more organizations would be taking load testing seriously as part of the software development process, given the bottom-line risks to the business. However, according to a Software Testing Magazine report citing a survey from the Methods & Tools software development magazine, only 24% of organizations load test all of their projects, and even as high as 34% don’t perform any load or performance testing.
I’d be interested to dig deeper into this report, because it isn’t clear if this is a widespread issue in software development, or just in certain sectors. For example, organizations that make up this survey respondent pool may want to re-think their load testing strategies if they’re in industries with a low tolerance for crashes or slow site performance — i.e. retail. Nonetheless, this is still a surprising number.
Is load testing just an optional step for software development organizations? Or have they still not learned with the number of high-profile site crashes as of late? We’d be interested to hear from you in the comments below.