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Is fixing bugs made by other people a good approach?

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Let's assume the situation where a team of four developers is building an application. During the testing phase, bugs are reported by users. Who should fix them? The person who committed the erroneous code, or anyone who is free?

What is preferred approach in agile development (scrum)?

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The preferred approach in agile development would be to get them fixed as quickly as possible, by whomever is available. This is simply because the ownership of the code does not fall to any one person, but to the entire developer group. If one individual is consistently causing bugs, that is another issue that needs to be addressed separately.

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By default the person. The reason is quite simple: feedback. Bugs provide a great opportunity for personal and professional feedback. If someone else fixed my bugs, I would make the same mistake again, because I wouldn't learn from it.

If that person is not available, somebody else can fix it, but the person should follow the bugs life cycle.


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Is fixing bugs made by other people a good approach?

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Let's assume the situation where a team of four developers is building an application. During the testing phase, bugs are reported by users. Who should fix them? The person who committed the erroneous code, or anyone who is free?

What is preferred approach in agile development (scrum)?


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The preferred approach in agile development would be to get them fixed as quickly as possible, by whomever is available. This is simply because the ownership of the code does not fall to any one person, but to the entire developer group. If one individual is consistently causing bugs, that is another issue that needs to be addressed separately.

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Also fixing other people's bugs is a great way to learn. Because you didn't write it, it forces you to really understand what the code is doing. - AndrewKS Feb 25 '11 at 16:06

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