Bug workflow - a wider view

Henrik Nilsen Omma henrik at ubuntu.com
Tue Jul 3 20:19:55 BST 2007


Bryce Harrington wrote:
> One thing I think could help a lot is to give more emphasis (and
> recognition) to those who are filling the tester role.  I think the
> overall workflow process would go smoother if we had more testers, with
> better tools, processes, and know-how.
>   
That's a good perspective to bring to the debate. The laptop testing 
team was quite active for a few cycles (after we sent out laptops). It 
would be great to see that effort revived. During the Feisty cycle we 
also grew a great team of volunteer ISO testers.

The ISO tracker has the potential for being extended to cover test cases 
of different kinds, from Mozilla to kernel and xorg updates. In the same 
we we currently list ISOs and test cases we would list milestones or 
proposed package updates and test cases for those.

> I notice with Ubuntu there are a lot of people filling the testing role
> officially and unofficially, but there are still a lot of areas where we
> could use more good folk like this, or where the knowledge of how to do
> good testing could be shared more deeply.  Also, I wonder if the
> prestige of being a tester could be enhanced via some mechanism
> analogous to what MOTU is for developers.

Interesting. So far the idea has been that active testers would join 
ubuntu-qa in the same way active triagers do. We may want to look at a 
new team for this purpose or at least make the testing path into 
ubuntu-qa more explicit (the team name does fit the testing role quite 
well).

Henrik




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