Are QAs responsible for fixing bugs?

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Are QAs responsible for fixing bugs?

Jun 16, 2023

QAs are responsible for identifying and reporting bugs, collaborating with developers to understand the root causes, and ensuring their resolution.

Astronauts in space communicate with the mission control centre on the ground. The astronauts, equipped with expertise and tools, navigate the challenges of their mission while Mission Control acts as a guiding force.

Similarly, Quality Assurance (QA) professionals play the role of Mission Control, supporting and collaborating with the developers to find and address software bugs.

QAs, including manual or user behaviour testers, play a critical role in bug identification and resolution. However, their primary responsibility lies in uncovering and reporting bugs rather than fixing them directly.

Their expertise lies in conducting thorough tests, following specific test cases or exploring the software intuitively to identify potential defects and areas for improvement. Once a bug is discovered, QAs collaborate with developers, providing detailed bug reports, steps to reproduce the issue, and any additional information to help debug and fix the problem.

While QAs may not fix bugs themselves, they contribute significantly to the bug resolution process by serving as a bridge between the development and testing teams. Their understanding of the software and communication ability helps create a feedback loop that leads to bug fixes and improved software quality.

By championing the role of QAs as bug identifiers and facilitators of bug resolution, organizations can foster collaboration and maintain a focus on delivering reliable and high-quality software products.

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