A proposal to combine quality and bugsquad teams

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at canonical.com
Thu Oct 24 15:39:37 UTC 2013

On 10/24/2013 08:49 AM, Matthew Fischer wrote:
> I'll second what's been said here by Dave. Combining the teams is a 
> good idea. The Bug Squad team could benefit from having more active 
> management. Howver, the Tester role needs to be expanded or perhaps a 
> new role added. As Dave said, people on the Bug Squad do not always 
> run dev releases. Many are still on precise, triaging bugs there. And 
> I think bug triage should be called out as a separate activity.

Hmm, ok, so we can add a 4th role without it getting too confusing ;-) 
Shall we call it simply 'bug triager', and focus the activities on doing 
SRU's and stable release triage work?

If we do so it might make sense to push the SRU activity to this role 
from the 'tester' role. Essentially then you would have the following in 
regards to bugs --

testers, working on the devel release and doing bug work around it
bug triagers, working on the stable release(s) and doing bug work around 

Does that distinction work well? Folks of course can still do both 
roles, I would just like to define them crisply for newcomers :-) I 
would like to encourage any current bugsquader's who've only dabbled in 
the devel releases to take a more active tester role (I think you might 
find it quite enjoyable), but there is no obligation to change your 
commitment level. I'm pushing us as a team to run the devel release for 
the entire cycle and look for bugs as we do so -- I think it's a fun and 
exciting way to be involved and it will really help find bugs sooner and 
get them fixed. I think bugsquaders may enjoy doing this also :-) For 
those bugsquaders adhering to only stable releases, the proposed 'bug 
triagers' role should fill that niche and contain everything you do today.

For example, Dave mentions
> I primarily triage and don't test.
> Other than one or two dev installs as part of a cycle, I'll tend
> to only test things in bugs being triaged for repeatability/repeatability
> on the latest dev.
I think this is perfectly fine, and I would consider you today to have a 
"tester" hat on :-) Your current activities wouldn't have to change at all.

So how does adding the additional role sound? If we like it I'll add it 
to the wiki.

The feedback I've recieved on and off list has been positive. Does 
anyone have any concerns about the transition? Do you know of activites 
that aren't yet listed on one of the roles pages? I don't want to lose 

I'd like to leave this thread open for a bit longer to collect feedback 
before we commit one way or the other so everyone has a chance to read 
and respond.



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