How to Measure Soak Testing

Learn about Soak Testing, including how to measure it, and leverage it in dashboards and visualizations with Metabase.

What is Soak Testing?

Soak testing is a measurement that evaluates the performance of an application’s ability to handle user growth and increasingly demanding tasks over time. Basically, soak testing is a stress test in a sense. This measurement tells developers how a product or service will fair months and even years after creation with varying degrees of heavy use. It’s never completely possible to know how a product will withstand the test of time, but soak testing allows developers to uncover issues right away. Your team will be able to locate and address these issues immediately instead of waiting until they happen. In a way, developers can see the future, identifying catastrophic problems years before they occur.

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How to calculate Soak Testing

Quality assurance teams handle soak testing, recording things like response time and throughput. This information will be collected before a product is officially launched, usually during a time when devs won’t actively be working, to avoid unnecessary downtime later on. Each individual KPI related to the test will be recorded so it can be analyzed by developers for improvements. All of these product-specific KPIs can be put into visualizations for ease of use and used to address major issues. You can also use soak testing to make improvements over time.

Other KPIs to measure related to Soak Testing

  • Production Incidents
  • Queue Time
  • Regressions Open/Closed
  • Release Burndown
  • Security Vulnerabilities
  • Service Line Health Impact
  • Static Code Analysis
  • Time to Patch
  • Velocity

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