“How many other unknown bugs did you fix?”

My main task for this release has been to rewrite large swaths of the database code. Along the way, I had to rewrite a lot of code. Well, evidently in the course of rewriting the code, I fixed a couple of bugs that some people in QA don’t consider bugs. And now they’re hassling me because there weren’t bug reports (PCRs) for the things I changed, and want to know what else I’d changed. I told them that I didn’t stop to document every bug in the subsystems I rewrote, I just wrote the new code to work correctly. But that isn’t good enough for them – evidently I was supposed to spend years doing their job (documenting what was wrong with the sub-system) before I rewrote it so that the bugs they liked could have been reproduced exactly.

The worst thing about this is that yesterday we had a 1 hour meeting with managers, customer service people, installers, QA and developers because QA had freaked about another behaviour that I had never liked and I’d fixed it on purpose, at the end of which every person present except for a couple of the QA people had voted that they like it the way I made it now, instead of the way QA wanted me to put it back to. And this new discovery is in almost the exact same area.

2 thoughts on ““How many other unknown bugs did you fix?””

  1. If i were in your shoes, i’d talk to my boss about how the process can be improved so that my code rewriting can continue unimpeded by a process that doesn’t fit it, but still manages to keep everyone in the loop happy. That’s what bosses are for.

  2. If a bug is fixed in the forest and there are no QA people around, does it make a sound?

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