The ability to conduct effective performance testing has become a highly desired skillset within the IT industry. Unfortunately, these highly sought after skills are consistently in short supply. “Front-end testers” can work with a tool to create a realistic load and although this is an important skillset, creating the load is just the beginning of any performance project. Understanding the load patterns and tuning the environment makes the unique talents of a “performance engineer” worth their weight in gold. Here are some tips to make the challenging but rewarding transition from a front-end tester to a performance engineer.