Defect Storm!

Today at work we took the programmers to a far distant part of the site, into a separate room, laptops, PC’s, test gear, and ran DEFECT STORM. Dunno quite where the idea sprang from or why I canned it that… but…

The idea was to trawl through about 2-3 years worth of boring low grade crap software defects that have been reported but we’ve never done anything about them – because there have been more pressing things to do.

The general rule of thumb was that if a defect would take more than 1/2 hr to fix, and verify, then do it some other time.

It’s been a full on day: with 4 developers going flat out, a software leader / co-ordinator trawling the lists, and 2 managers checking fixes, finalising the clerical work, fetching lunch and chocolates for the happy workers.

The guys fixed 66 defects involving things like placement of labels & boxes on forms, spelling errors, and a few minor functional things (like “why does this beep when I do blah blah”). Thats 66 fixed, and verified.

At the same time we’ve reviewed the outstanding lists, found things that are just obsolete (sorted a long time ago but not recorded as such), found defect reports that are duplicated, and so on. All in all we have been able to close over 130 reports in a day, and have reviewed 50% of the reports that have been made.

Now that the low hanging fruit has been picked, its back to the grindstone of the more tricky ones – but everybody seemed to think it was a worthwhile exercise.

Final tally for the day:

5 Pizzas (12 inch)
10 litres of coke / coke-zero
0.5 litres of water
Approx 1 kg of chocolate (TV mix, Fruchocs, etc)
1 LARGE bag of Minties (cos you need em at times like this)
66 defects actively worked on and corrected
130 defects closed

Whew! What a day. Everybody did a champion job!


Only half a litre of water in amoungst all that crap food. I think the next intense day for all those guys should be running around a large field.

Comment by Phil.H | September 28th, 2006 7:07 am | Permalink

Phil – we all agreed that we had a bit of a crap-food overload. Next time – fruit for snacking, and we are not sure what we will do for lunch. Not pizza, though.

Comment by Wally | September 29th, 2006 8:54 pm | Permalink

Way to go Wally.

Getting programmers “in the zone” and keeping them there by significantly reducing the admin overhead per bug, definitely pays off.

Comment by MikeFitz | September 30th, 2006 4:02 pm | Permalink

And I’ve copped some heat for it since.

But we will be doing it again, and if some parts of the company don’t like my approach, tough bickies.

All the programmers loved it. 100% positive comments after – oh – except, next time, a bit less chocolate, please!

Comment by Wally | September 30th, 2006 5:21 pm | Permalink

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