Why Should Not Some Bugs Be Fixed?
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Why Should Not Some Bugs Be Fixed?

It may sound odd but in some cases it is better not to remove a bug. In software testing field, to make the right choices is a real mastery, and not all specialists have such a necessary ability. It concerns testers, developers, PMs, designers, marketing department, etc.

Why Is It Better Not to Remove a Bug?

  • Lack of time. It is a constant problem almost of every project. There are too many product features, the system is very complicated, only a few specialists are available to code and test the product, the schedule if too tight, etc. If the release date is fixed and cannot be changed, then some errors of a low severity can be left unremoved.
  • ‘It is not a bug, it is a feature’. This is the favorite statement of every developer. Such situation may happen because of some misinterpretations of the specification or its changes during the checking process, invalid tests and so forth.
  • A high risk to fix. Very often the removing of one bug discovered during functional testing or performance testing may cause the appearance of other ones. When the release date is coming, it is better not to crash the whole system.
  • A bug is not worth fixing. Not every single error discovered by a tester will be obligatory removed. The bugs of a low severity which occur not very often or bugs of little-used feature may not be removed.

In such cases, every decision is risk-based. All pros and cons should be analyzed and discussed by the testers, the development team and the PMs. While making the decision, the specialists should not forget the situation with Intel Pentium bug. That error was found before the release, but the team decided to remove that issue next time, as there was no enough time for that and the bug seemed to be rare and not so important.

The core point here is to determine whether the issue found during mobile testing, desktop testing or web application testing is really a bug. There are several situations when the problem can be defined as a software bug.

When Can the Issue Be Called a Bug?

  • When the software does not perform something that it should according to the spec.
  • When the software does some options which it should not do due to the spec.
  • In case, if the software performs something that is not determined by the spec.
  • If it is the spec bug. The spec does not specify something that the software should do.
  • A tester finds the software not comprehensive, too complex and slow.

Every specialists engaged in the software development process should be very careful while fulfilling the assigned tasks and making the decisions concerned the product under development.


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