TestCon Europe 2022

October 24 – 27

Vilnius and Online

Nicole van der Hoeven

Developer Advocate (Performance Testing)

k6, The Netherlands


Nicole is a performance engineer with ten years’ experience in breaking software and learning to build it back up again. She has worked as a performance testing consultant in Australia and Europe, and she’s spent the last few years helping teams all over the world scale up their load tests on the cloud. She currently lives in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and works remotely as a Developer Advocate at k6.io. Her favorite part about load testing is its interdisciplinary nature, and enjoys drawing from seemingly disparate fields like economics, linguistics, and productivity to reframe load testing concepts.


Schrödinger’s Pokémon: Observability for Chaotic Load Testing

Deploying an application to production is often like putting a pokémon in a box and hoping it manages to stay alive despite real-world chaos and potential outages. What can you, as testers, do to prepare applications for these situations before they go live? In this talk, Nicole discusses chaos engineering concepts and demonstrates how to apply them by incorporating load tests with chaos experiments and setting up observability tools to watch it all happen. Because without observability, how can we tell whether Schrödinger’s pokémon is alive or dead?

Session Keywords

🔑 Chaos Engineering
🔑 Performance Testing
🔑 Observability

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