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Bug Bash Step by Step Guide

In this guide, we will explore how to prepare and organize a productive Bug Bash for your team. My primary focus is to provide clear steps for conducting your first team Bug Bash meeting.

What is Bug Bash?

A Bug Bash is a collaborative event where team members across different departments come together to find and report as many software bugs as possible within a limited timeframe. It is usually organized by the Quality Assurance (QA) engineer, but in many small startups without a QA, any main stakeholder can take on the role of organizer.

Who should participate?

The participants in a Bug Bash can vary depending on the company size. In a small startup, you can invite the entire company to participate and provide feedback. In a large company, you should invite key stakeholders such as developers, product managers, designers, QA engineers, and customer support representatives.

What is Bug Bash Template?

is playing crucial role in effective organization. You can always reuse it for different features.
Here is my that I am usually using to organize the Bug Bash. Here is a step by step guide:

📢 Communication:

Create a separate channel for the Bug Bash feature (Slack, Hipchat, Teams Channel, Email Thread or other app you are using for the team communication). It’s a great practice to keep everything in one channel, later you can reuse this channel for dogfooding and Beta feedback if you have those processes in your company.
👋 Hi All! Welcome to Bug Bash Session. In this doc you can find all testing information to get started! Please join [Slack/Teams Channel, Email Thread, etc.] to provide your feedback.

🕐 Timeline:
3 - 5 mins overview & instructions
20 - 23 mins testing session
3 - 5 mins wrap-up and next steps

📝 Structure:

In order to execute Bug Bash successfully, you have to create a clear instruction, scope, timeline and provide all required info for testing to make the session smooth and understandable for everyone.


🎨 Figma: [Link to Figma file]
🌐 Test Environment: [Link or details about the test environment]
📂 Testing Data: [Link or details about test data]
✔️ Testing Scope: [Areas of the application to be tested]
🚫 Out of Scope: [Areas not to be tested]
Known Issues: [Provide a list of known issues]

👥 User Stories:

To enhance communication and collaboration during the Bug Bash, it's crucial to create User Stories. These help participants understand the functionality from the user's perspective. To increase effectiveness, assign and divide user stories to participants. If time permits, encourage self-exploratory testing once the assigned user stories are completed.
You can add any additional columns to the table, such as browser, device model, dark/light mode, date, etc. Customize it based on your feature requirements and environment.
User Stories:
User Story
User Account Creation
Katerina Presnetsova
💻 Web
Welcome Tour
Katerina Presnetsova
In progress
Profile Set Up
Not started
Settings Preference
Not started
📱Mobile Web
[Provide User Story here]
Not started
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🗃️ Collect Feedback:

Explain how to report bugs or any feature feedback or improvements. What information to provide, ie: screenshoots, console logs, user info, platform and etc.
🐛 Bug Reporting: Please post your feedback with a detailed description, including screenshots and console logs at our channel [Slack/Teams Channel, Email Thread, etc.]. We'll take it from there. 🙌

⚡ Triage:

As a next step, schedule the time for triaging with the main stakeholders. Usually, block 10-15 mins time slot right after bug bash and go through each feedback and identify what is the priority, who is the owner, or if it needs an additional discussion to find a solution.

🐞 Bugs || Tasks Creation:

Make sure all feedback have bug or task where you can track the progress. It will be nice to set up automation task creation with Zappier or other tool the company has.

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