Relevant bugs are valuable bugs!

Put yourself in the shoes of a developer or product owner, you have run a crowd test and there are lots of bugs for you to work on and fix. Then you start to work through the bugs and realise that some of them are just not relevant to you, this may be due to the environment, the behaviour to trigger or multiple other reasons. The result, the irrelevant bugs are rejected.

So what can you do to ensure you are reporting relevant bugs?

  1.  Step back into the shoes of the developer and try to understand what they are looking for. The test description and features should give you a very good idea of what is relevant.
  2. Consider the target market of the app or website. If the app is designed for the Russian market then chances are nobody will be interested in a bug relating to a content issue when you change your phone settings to Italian.
  3. If you have to follow steps a real user would never follow in typical usage, then there is no real value provided in your report and it would be an edge case. Edge case bugs are very likely to be rejected. If the bug is never going to impact a customer’s users, they most likely don’t care about it.



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