While going through Load Runner documentation, i came across this term "Conceptual Goals"..
As per the doc, while defining a goal, the first step is to channel general application performance expectations into conceptual goals.
I am a bit confused about this ..
Can anyone please throw some light on this conceptual goal concept?
Re: Conceptual Goals
This is just a play on the age old golden rule number 1 of performance testing: don't do anything until you know what you are trying to do.
The text "channel general application performance expectations into conceptual goals" is just blurb for "define clear, testable and quantified requirements".
You see, the thing is, a lot of people (even very clever and talented IT people) make a very common mistake. They try to treat performance testing like functional testing and sort of assume that it will be obvious when a test passes or fails - this is because in functional testing it is obvious: Did it work? Yes. Then test passed. No. Then test failed. Simple. But in performance testing it's far from simple, in fact, it is a massive area of work requiring training and experience - if you don't have this then no matter how many scripts you write you will not be successful as a perf. tester.
But it's good that you are thinking about this. Defining goals is, if nothing else, the right place to start.