Defect tracking tools and waste

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Defects are waste.

User stories with known defects aren’t done and can’t be released, they’re partially complete work or inventory, and they are waste too. If you’re using a defect tracking tool you’re queuing up waste and you’re inspecting for quality after the code’s been written.

Eliminate waste
. Avoid queues because they prevent throughput of released software and block the flow of value to the customer.

Build quality into the code
 from the start by fixing defects as you go. To help improve the quality of code, developers should use test-driven development and testers should perform exploratory testing as developers complete vertical slices of user stories. If a defect is found, stop the line and fix it immediately. Don’t queue it up.

Simon Baker
Simon Baker
Simon Baker is chief swashbuckler at Energized Work, a guerrilla technology lab based onboard HMS President in London. Simon cofounded Energized Work and in 2009 received the Agile Alliance Gordon Pask Award. He speaks internationally about applying agile and lean principles and techniques in business, software development, and information technology. With 22 years experience delivering software in the media, retail, healthcare, financial services and banking sectors, Simon is a leader doing things differently to find out what matters and get the right things done in the right way. He isn't afraid to question conventional thinking and disrupt the status quo. Simon feels strongly that work shouldn't feel like work and he has a track record creating exciting working conditions that help people change the way they deliver software for the better.

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