What is Defect Priority?
Defect Priority, also called Bug Priority, is the degree of impact a defect has on the business. The higher the defect's impact on business, the higher its priority. Defect priority also determines the order in which developers fix bugs.
A product manager determines the priority of the defect.
Even a small defect can have a significant impact on the overall business.
A typo in the headline of a new e-commerce website doesn't impact the end-user functionality. But it dents the site's reputation and can mean losing business from hundreds of users.
Defect Priority Types
You can categorize defect priority into three types.
- High priority defects are those that impact the business in a big way. They need immediate attention and need to be addressed immediately — for example, the checkout button not working on an e-commerce website.
- Medium priority defects are those which have a low impact on business. They can be fixed in the upcoming release and do not require immediate attention — for example, the inability to go to the next page of the product reviews section on an e-commerce website.
- Low priority defects are those that have a negligible impact on the business. They can be fixed when nothing else is of priority — for example, the inability to view tracking details on old orders.