How to Address Application Performance in Agile Scrum Teams


Given the nature SCRUM, two quality characteristics that takes back seat and considered as implicit are performance and security. I shall discuss the approach on how to address application performance while working with agile SCRUM teams.

Before I go and list down the tips and techniques, let’s understand some of the constraints:

  • Not all developers working in SCRUM teams are very familiar with application performance aspects
  • It may get difficult to do performance testing at the end of each sprint.
  • It may get difficult to articulate performance related user stories in each sprint.

Given above constraints, it becomes much more important to address performance related issues in SCRUM model. Following is a proposed model which I have found to work and take care of application performance issues on ongoing basis:

  • Create a centralized performance team consisting of appropriate number of performance engineers/testers.
  • Have the performance team work on SCRUM model where performance related stories such as performance testing are entered in their sprint backlogs by different SCRUM teams.
  • The performance stories such as performance testing can be dealt during integration testing phase or so after all the sprints are done and the release readiness is going on.
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