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Betting On Performance: A Note on Hypothesis Driven Performance Testing

YOW! 2017 Sydney

We often think of performance testing as one of those things we just have to do at the end of a project, often using heavyweight tool sets in dedicated environments.
In this talk, James offers an alternative. What decisions would we make differently if we had the ability to rapidly perform experiments using lightweight performance tests? The tools and techniques we now have available makes a new type of architectural decision making possible; from Software Defined Networking, IaaS and Continuous Delivery to Real Options and Architecture Decision Records.James will cover pre-requisites that allow us to make small bets on performance and explore the strange world of evolutionary design that this technique makes possible.

James Lewis

Principal Consultant

ThoughtWorks

United Kingdom

James Lewis is a Software Architect and Director at ThoughtWorks based in the UK. He’s proud to have been a part of ThoughtWorks’ journey for fourteen years and of contributing to it’s ongoing mission of delivering technical excellence for its clients and in amplifying positive social change through technology. As a member of the ThoughtWorks Technical Advisory Board, the group that creates the Technology Radar, he contributes to industry adoption of open source and other tools, techniques, platforms, and languages.


He is an internationally recognised expert on software architecture and design and on its intersection with organisational design and lean product development. As such he’s been a guest editor for IEEE Software, written articles, delivered training and spoken at more conferences than he can remember.

After co-defining the Microservices architectural style, James’ primary consulting focus these days is helping organisations with technology strategy, distributed systems design, and adoption of SOA. He freely admits that it’s only by standing on the shoulders of giants that he’s been able to make the contributions to the industry that he has