Brendan Gregg has written an interesting piece about finding performance problems: "The USE method addresses shortcomings in other commonly used methodologies".

It's a good paper, however ... well let's say, I don't understand why so many people find it especially cool or especially good, because at the end it isn't something really new. Don't understand me wrong: It's good. But not extraordinarily good. Like many methodologies it's basically just codified common sense with a personal spin. So I would prefer to say "My-personal-way-of-doing-stuff" instead of calling it methodology. There is nothing new in it. Just a lot of common sense.

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