As the prior chapter stressed, sufficient preparation or lack thereof can make or break a database benchmarking effort. For example, not just anyone has all the requisite background and skills to successfully run a database benchmark. They must know a lot about databases, especially proper configurations, performance monitoring, and tuning techniques. Likewise you need to have scheduled ample time and other resources for the effort. But assuming you’ve done all that, there are still many things that can go wrong during a database benchmarking effort. This chapter will highlight some of the major and most common missteps that plague many database benchmarking projects once they are underway.