Emulating Reality taken too far

So I’m working at a client who use, alongside the usual mix of workstations, a hand-held device running on Windows CE. They have 800 of these across the business (though most seem to be sitting with the engineers being repaired, they’re not particularly robust, and don’t react well to percussive maintenance).
To provide a little background, I’m here because the incumbent test/dev team have been advised their services are no longer required. The current Performance team have identified a number of issues, many of which are still outstanding and the focus has now switched to the hand-held terminals (HHT’s).
Long before I arrived, it was decided that performance testing is required for these devices (I agree) and that the best way would be a test script and a stopwatch. To say I disagree would be understating it on a massive level losartan 100mg tab.

I’m all for emulating the real business processes, its just that I know if you “measure” performance with a stopwatch, then you can cease calling it perfomance testing and start calling it “meaningless arbitrary timekeeping signifying nothing”. (Told you I disagreed).
Here at AutomationSolutions, I like to think we look for the better way, I certainly have no interest in wasting my afternoon or my clients money sitting about tapping buttons on an oversized calculator. I’m going to do some research into emulating hand-held operating systems. I’m going to do some research into capturing wireless packets, and simulating that process. I’m going to see if I can identify any way to bring a scientific method to this testing, and if I cannot I’m going to request that we move it immediately out-of-scope or at least admit that we’re more interested in ticking boxes than in accurately measuring performance.

(While I’m thinking about it, I might add a rant tag and some pretty CSS to the site. I suspect this will not be the last word on this topic).

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