Use Bug Templates

Do you use bug templates? You should. Unfortunately, good bug reports require lots of overhead. It’s not enough to just enter your perfected repro steps. You have to enter a severity, priority, area, version tested, assign it to someone, etc. Because these tedious fields are often entered with the same values, you can make logging bugs a quicker and more pleasant experience by starting with a template that already has your typical entries. How? This, of course, depends on your bug tracking system. Lately, I’ve been using Microsoft VSTS or Mercury Quality Center (TestDirector).

If you use VSTS, download the TFS Work Item Templates Power Tools release. I used it to create various templates for the common chunks of bug entries I submit. All my templates also add starter text in the description field like “Repro Steps:” which is the heading above the repro steps.

If you use TestDirector, you can modify the Workflow scripts with simple VBScript additions that go beyond simply populating fields with defaults. For example, this script will automatically change one field when you update another field. I’m using it to assign the appropriate dev to the bug based on the area I found the bug in.
Search for “Workflow Scripts” in TestDirector’s help menu to get started. Note: you may have to ask your TestDirector admin for “Set Up Workflow” permissions.

Does anyone else use bug templates?


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