Focus on Quality, Stop Managing Bugs

Focus on Quality, Stop Managing Bugs

Are you troubled with long lists of bugs? It is impossible to have a 100% bug-free software application. Since there will always be minor, major and critical defects in software, it gets very tricky to get zero defects. There are spikes where you fix the bugs and your graphs show a steep downward drop. These bugs only add to reach new heights, thus maintaining a list of defects is a time-consuming job. When a team member finally gets time to attend a bug, they usually find that it is not reproducible or it is a part of some long-forgotten functions removed from the system. Of course, there has to be a better way of getting started with achieving better quality software products. There are different defect tracking tools to help developers and testers achieve their goals.

Changing the Game Plan

Software development teams need to focus on quality, instead of managing bugs all the time. Bugs/defects mean the users face problems in the functionality that is not working as per requirements. Since all team members agree that the highest priority defect gets resolved. So in the system, there are no minor, major or critical bugs that exist. If a bug needs to be fixed, it will be fixed. So what to do with remaining defects? So just keep in mind that teams are not managing bugs anymore instead delete them if they are not going to be fixed. Teams should not be bogged down by obsolete bugs.

Focusing on Quality Aspects

Now that development teams have decided to leave the defects behind and move forward, it is time to focus more on quality. When a defect comes in, team members have a short discussion over it. There can only be two categories of bugs prioritized whether they need to be fixed now or later. So normally, the discussion should include the following:

  • If a defect does not affect the functionality, and users can use the app without any glitch, the defect should be deleted.

  • In case there is a defect that keeps appearing, there are only two choices, either prioritize and fix it right away or delete it from the system.

  • The most important aspect of a defect is if the app cannot work by ignoring the defect and needs improvement. Thus prioritize and fix it now.

Teams do not fix bugs or delete them, which results in making them fix more bugs than ever before. Thus to focus on quality assurance, it is important to let alone defects that are not important or don’t have a huge impact on the system.

So we can conclude that for a system to work in the right direction, it is important that development teams decide to fix the issue as per priority. In the beginning, there will be more bugs to work on, but since they will get deleted when not necessary to be fixed, leaving behind more time to improve quality.

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