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In one of the latest "WTF" moves, my boss decided that adding a "Person To Blame" field to our bug tracking template will increase accountability (although we already have a way of tying bugs to features/stories). My arguments that this will decrease morale, increase finger-pointing and would not account for missing/misunderstood features reported as bug have gone unheard.

What are some other strong arguments against this practice that I can use? Is there any writing on this topic that I can share with the team and the boss?

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Hey guys, I'm the "boss" who introduced the WTF field. Here's why I added a "Peson to Blame" field to our bug tracking system: – Jason Jun 29 '12 at 22:01
"Could I have named it something more politically correct so feeling doesn't get hurt? Sure. But what's the fun in that? The point was to bring awareness to the number of production bugs after each release so why not throw in a small dose of public shaming for good measure? And to be clear, the purpose of the field, and ultimately the purpose of the metric, is not to pinpoint the cause of the bug. Shit happens and we have better things to do. The ultimate purpose of the metric is a reminder for each developer to be better everyday." --- I think all of these "reasons" are inherently wrong. – ulty4life Jun 29 '12 at 22:23
@Jason instead of inventing Jira fields, consider hiring back one or two testers. BTW in your case having root cause field (no matter how you name it) looks low importance to me because you already groked connection between absence of testers and increase in production bugs. – gnat Jul 1 '12 at 7:25
@Jason The bug is in the code, not in a developer. You must be one of those people that thinks that code reviews are for reviewing developers, not code. – Danny Varod Jul 1 '12 at 16:24
Your boss is the "person to blame", fill his name in always and see how he likes it ;) – dukeofgaming Sep 15 '13 at 16:15

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