Shortly after logging a bug this morning, my business analyst kindly asked, “Is this the same as Bug10223, that I logged in October of 2011?”.
Ordinarily, prior to logging production bugs that have been around for a while, I run a bug report query to search for open bug reports by keywords. It takes about 10 seconds to determine if the bug I’m about to log has already been logged. This morning I got lazy (and cocky) and just logged it.
It probably took 20 minutes of my time and my business analyst’s time to create a bug report that already existed, communicate about the confusion, and reject my duplicate bug report.
Look before you Log!