Why are there Bugs in Software?
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The degree of impact the issue or problem has on the project. Severity
1 usually means the highest level requiring immediate attention.
Severity 5 usually represents a documentation defect of minimal impact.
- Critical: the software will not run
- High: unexpected fatal errors (includes crashes and data corruption)
- Medium: a feature is malfunctioning
- Low: a cosmetic issue
- Bug causes system crash or data loss.
- Bug causes major functionality or other severe problems; product crashes in obscure cases.
- Bug causes minor functionality problems, may affect "fit anf finish".
- Bug contains typos, unclear wording or error messages in low visibility fields.
- High: A major issue where a large piece of functionality or major system component is completely broken. There is no workaround and testing cannot continue.
- Medium: A major issue where a large piece of functionality or major system component is not working properly. There is a workaround, however, and testing can continue.
- Low: A minor issue that imposes some loss of functionality, but for which there is an acceptable and easily reproducible workaround. Testing can proceed without interruption.
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