4 Tips for Using Bug Tracking Tools Effectively

by Alex Mansour

6 months ago · 2 min read

Tracking and detecting bugs aren’t easy tasks when testing software. This is one of the reasons software testing is already an industry on its own, and why automation is being utilised to facilitate its various tasks. 

bug tracking tools used to make life easier during software testing are bug tracking tools, which simply allow software testers to detect bugs and resolve root causes easily to reduce the overall work needed to make the software bug-free.

If you have decided to go with a bug tracking tool already, here are a few tips to consider to make the most of the tool. 

Ensure clearer communication and faster workflows

Software testing requires continuous communication between testers and each other; and developers. Bug tracking tools can help in making these communications smoother. 

One way it does that is by centralising the efforts and bugs that you track in one place. While making creating reports easy and with a standard form, making each workflow faster and more organised. 

You need to realise this value of bug tracking tools and prioritise taking advantage of it. By making all reporting and bug status tracking rely on the tool, for a unified vision for every team member. 

Assign accurate information

If you want to detect more bugs and deliver software solutions with higher quality, a bug tracking tool can definitely help. 

Adding accurate details about each one’s status can help no single bug become lost. For each bug, you can expect the tool to allow you to assign information like:

A title for the big declaring what it is related to. 

A description clarifying more information about it.

Bug Status to determine when it is resolved, reported or the team is working on it. 

Manage responsibilities clearly

One of the best ways to maximise the benefits of a bug tracking tool is to put responsibility management in mind while using the tool. You can assign each bug to each developer. To track the productivity of each one and detect bottlenecks whenever a bug is not resolved. 

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You can also pay attention to assigning specific bugs to specific developers who are likely who have experience with them. 

Select a great tool

When you decide to use a bug tracking tool, don’t rush and just use the first one you find. Take your time and compare the available tools and what features each provides. 

You definitely want the tool to offer a clean interface and reporting features. However, advanced capabilities like 3rd party integrations support can also prove very beneficial whether now or in the future. 

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