Documentation is just as quintessential as discovering bugs, at least from an engineer’s perspective. Not only does it pinpoint the issues with precise articulation, but in the process, saves resources. If there is a well-documented report at your disposal, it serves a lot of healthy purposes in the long run.
Before diving into the specifics surrounding bug reporting and its documentation, you need to understand the basic philosophy behind it—simplification.
The beauty of simplicity here implies that it becomes easier to locate and solve said issues. The simpler your directions are, the easier it is to navigate. With that, here is how you document a perfect bug testing report.
As with any other report, ones pertaining to bug fixes should ideally start with a title. This would provide a rough insight into what your inferences are later on in the report. Again here, you have to be clear and concise. The title might serve as a make-or-break proposition for you. So, only write valid inferences as compactly as possible.
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After you have provided a rough idea as to what the nature of the bug might be, you need to throw some light on the premise of such bugs. What this means is, you need to specifically mention what environment your discovered bugs come from, what platform they are based on, and so on.
This can be further categorised into segments for easier understanding. They are as follows.
Next, you need to mention how you have reproduced the said bugs. Have you made default estimations, or have you used precise back tracings? Can you pinpoint where the issue or bug exists, or can you just create the path and want to send for further investigation? You need to mention it all here.
More importantly, you need to mention the path or steps that one can follow in order to reproduce the said bugs. For instance, if there is an uncertain frame drop while scrolling through Instagram Reels, you need to mention Home > Reels > visible frame drop, in order to make the path clearly understood.
Next, you need to supplement your claims with valid evidence. It would be great if you can provide screen recordings, screenshots, or any other visible evidence that you can supplement your claims with. Sticking with the idea of frame drops in Reels, you can show video evidence of it occurring.
Additionally, you ought to mention how frequently it occurs in a test space, and whether or not it mitigates after any other action.
For instance, if the frame drops solve after restarting the app or clearing said cache, you have to show evidence supporting it too.
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Now that you know how to create a report, the lives of your associates should be easier. Additionally, to end your report, you can mention how severe or urgent the issue is, and how immediately it needs further investigation.
This would not only make your report a high priority but in the clearer set of events, would help solving it in a quicker fashion.
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