How to Determine the Bug Severity and Priority?

Software testing includes the presence and the usage of the specified concepts and terms. Software testing company strictly controls that all the employees know the terminology of this area and correctly use it.

Executing functional testing or system testing, the specialists discover the bugs and determine some characterizing them parameters. These parameters help the specialists to specify what defects should be fixed in the shortest time and those which can wait. It is difficult for the newly testers to realize the difference between the bug severity and its priority.


What Is the Difference Between the Bug Priority and Severity?

  • Severity directly applies to the bug itself, and priority – more likely to the product in general. The bug severity shows the level and the quality of the interaction between the user and the system or an application. The importance and the urgency of the bug removing are defined with the help of the priority.
  • The bug severity means the system failure probability and the consequences of this error if detected.
  • The bug severity is not frequently changed. This is a constant parameter which is modified only with regard to a new bug information appearance, for example, the additions to the user’s scenario or new possible workaround solutions. The bug priority is dynamic and directly depends on the progress of the product development itself.

Each development process is accompanied with the meetings, calls, and messages between the development and test team and the client. Information sharing takes place regularly.   

The bugs priority should also be discussed and defined with all project participants. Conducting regression testing, the specialists consider the severity and priority of all bugs, opened and already fixed.