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What is the price of one bug?

What is a bug, and what is its cost? This is a controversial topic. You can try to calculate the price of a bug, depending on how long it took to fix it. This is a basic example. Sometimes, the cost of a bug is calculated by the value of a check we did not receive from a client who left us because of a specific flaw in the program. There have also been stories of people dying because of a software bug (a bug in the software of the Therac-25 radiation therapy machine). So, how much does a bug cost, and how does a good bug report reduce its cost?

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The Importance of Bug Reports

Bug reports are essential tools in the software development process, serving as catalysts for quality improvement. These reports are documents or notifications created by users, testers, or developers to communicate issues or defects in a software application. They play a crucial role in the development cycle by highlighting problems that need attention: 

  1. Identification of Issues. Bug reports serve to identify issues and defects in software. Users and testers encounter problems while using the application, such as crashes, incorrect behavior, or missing features. When they report these issues, it helps developers become aware of problems that may have gone unnoticed during development.
  2. Prioritization. Bug reports often include information about the impact and severity of the issue. For example, Critical bugs affecting core functionality or security are typically addressed before less critical ones.
  3. Reproduction Steps. Make it easier for developers to diagnose and fix the issue efficiently.
  4. Isolation of Problems. In complex software applications, identifying the root cause of a problem can be challenging. Bug reports help isolate problems by providing context and details about the issue. Developers can analyze the information to narrow down the potential causes.
  5. Collaboration. Effective communication through bug reports ensures everyone is on the same page regarding the problem and its resolution.
  6. Tracking and Accountability. Bug tracking systems allow teams to monitor the status of reported issues. This accountability ensures that issues are not forgotten and are addressed in a timely manner.
  7. Continuous Improvement. Bug reports contribute to the culture of continuous improvement in software development. By learning from past mistakes, developers can implement preventive measures to avoid similar issues in the future.
  8. User Satisfaction. Resolving bugs based on user-reported issues improves the overall user experience. Users appreciate when their concerns are taken seriously, and the software becomes more reliable and user-friendly over time. This, in turn, can lead to increased user satisfaction and loyalty.

Besides the obvious reasons why bug reports are necessary, there are hidden motives for using them. Let's recall the age-old historical battles of Testers vs. Developers. The conflicts between them are epic and fierce. Developers don't admit their mistakes and think that the QA department was created only to stick a spoke in their wheel and invent problems where there are none. Testers believe that developers are lazy and don't want to fix obvious bugs. 

This is where quality bug reports come in handy. They can become a bridge of reconciliation between two competing departments. 

If the bug report is created according to all the canons, with illustrative materials, understanding where the bug occurred and its prerequisites becomes clearer.  

And the cost of a bug is reduced accordingly. After all, the developer needs less time to think about and solve the problem (plus, there is no need to conduct additional mocks corresponding in messengers with QA). 

The only thing left to do is to optimize the tester's performance. Screenshots and screen recording are necessary attributes of a bug report. To add this to a Jira issue, you must use third-party tools and save files to your device. This is time-consuming; it loads the device, and there is a chance that something will get lost. 

That is why the Issue Creator for Jira Cloud extension was created. Let's discuss its advantages further.

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Mastering Effortless Screenshots

Now, let's move on to the first significant advantage of  Issue Creator - creating screenshots with annotations.

If you catch a bug, open the extension, add annotations on a live web page, and take a screenshot, the screenshot is automatically added to your issue. If you need to download the image to your device - no problem; you can choose one of 4 types of screenshots that will meet your requirements.

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Harnessing the Power of Screen Recording

Need to record a video of the screen? In the same Annotation tool that is part of Issue Creator, select the Screen Recording tool. Similar to a screenshot, the video will be automatically added to the Jira issue's attributes.

You can also record your voice to the screen recording if you need to voice your actions.

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Connecting Visual Web Elements to Jira Issues

If any web elements require special attention, you can connect them to your bug report. The link to the web page where it is located will be automatically added to the task.

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Page editor tool

And the icing on the cake is the Page Editor tool. We won't say that it's a must-have for testers, but you can use it to try to change the look of a web page to test some of your product hypotheses. 

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To sum up

Bug reports are a crucial component. It is an art to be able to formulate them correctly. And a battle between developers and testers is something about stability πŸ™‚.

Optimizing the process of creating bug reports significantly reduces the cost of fixing bugs. 

So, how much does one bug cost? Who knows πŸ˜€.  But with the use of Issue Creator for Jira Cloud, we think bugs fall in value. So, join us. We've got a 30-day trial for you to get the full benefit of the extension.

We are waiting for you in the SaaSJet team!

P.S. Don't forget to watch our epic demo for Apptoberfest'2023 πŸ™‚

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October 10, 2023

The price of one bug can vary significantly depending on the context and industry. In software development and quality assurance, the cost of a bug typically includes the resources required to identify, fix, and test the issue. This can include the time and effort of developers, testers, and quality assurance teams, as well as any potential impact on project timelines and customer satisfaction.

The cost of a bug can range from relatively minor, such as a simple typo on a website, to extremely costly, such as a critical security vulnerability in a software application that leads to data breaches or system failures.

It's essential for organizations to invest in thorough testing and quality assurance processes to minimize the number of bugs and their associated costs. Additionally, addressing bugs early in the development process is generally more cost-effective than fixing them after a product has been released.

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