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What Does “Shift Left” Mean?

Blog post   •   Jan 10, 2018 15:48 CET

Shift Left - the developer style

The phrase shift left testing has gained some recent traction. But what does “shift left” mean for you? In short, it means what you already know: the earlier you test, the better, and you should test consistently and continuously.

It’s not a new concept, by any means. The concept of shifting left is simple: you’re moving testing to earlier stages of your development process. Since that process is often diagrammed left-to-right, shifting left implies shifting testing earlier in the process.

Don’t get caught up in the shift left buzzword, however. It means doing what you instinctively know to do. It means doing what we believe should be done: putting load testing in the hands of the developers, and doing that testing as early in the process as possible.

We believe in putting developers first. That’s why all the Load Impact products are designed for developers, and why we emphasize load testing that’s both consistent and continuous. When load testing is part of the development process, development is easier and better. More

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