In my old team we had the discussion about how we should handle the bugs we found. There are a few ways to handle them.
- fix them
- prioritize them among other items in the backlog
- leave them to die in a bug reporting system
Would you like to have that discussion with your team? Hold a book club (blog post club?) over lunch to get the discussion going.
I suggest reading both Elisabeth Hendrickson’s “Bugs spread disease” and Jeff Athwood’s “Not all bugs are worth fixing” and discuss them together. Talk about how the articles make you feel, what advantages do you see with each approach, and what long term effects do you think they have. Also talk about how it applies to your team and get extra credit if you devise an experiment to try in your team during the coming x weeks.
Book clubs are great for many reasons but their main disadvantage is the fact that they are long. People usually read half a book but rarely finish them. That’s why articles or blog posts are a better fit for a book club.