To Fix or Not to Fix? That Is the Question

To Fix or Not to Fix? That Is the Question
August 04 05:56 2016  

For a novice software tester, the most important thing is to present his/her professionalism and knowledge by finding a lot of bugs during functional testing, regression testing, load testing, unit testing, security testing, etc.

With time, a tester starts to notice that far from every found bug ever gets fixed. In a software testing company, it is impossible to fix all defects before the product release. If a tester doubts that a found bug will be fixed, he/she should explain the necessity of its fixing right in a bug report.

What Else Should Be in a Bug Report to Help a Bug Get Fixed?

  • Bug name, summary and description (brief but exhaustive)
  • Priority and severity
  • Affected test(s)
  • Environment(s) and build(s) where a bug was found
  • Steps to reproduce
  • Due date

It is also a great idea to explain possible negative consequences of not fixing a bug. The problem here is that a software testing specialist is often not competent enough to grasp all the consequences. This is where a business analyst should come into play. Another option is to show a bug directly to a client and get to know his/her opinion. After all, the client’s wishes always come first.

If a tester is still not certain whether a bug will be fixed, he/she can describe a practical scenario in which the importance of fixing this bug will be distinctly demonstrated.

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