What is severity and priority?its differnce

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Nick

  • Sep 26th, 2005
 

severity of a bug is technical in nature and it is always constant. Can be said to be how bad a defect is while Priority is ushally more of a business decision and would depend on the business objective of the application and how its owners see the bug 

keerthi

  • Oct 4th, 2005
 

severity is the one which states how bad or critical is the bug..it is usually reported by the tester to the developing team....priority is the level which determines which bug needs to be fixed first...whether it is of priority high(first) or can it be resolved(not fixed in this release) or can it wait(low level)...it is usually determined by the developing team or the manager...

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arun

  • Oct 14th, 2005
 

"Arun 14 oct 05" Severity Severity means impact of the defect (the defect how severely impact the application,Priority: Priority means how soon the bug has to fix, (impotence of the defect)

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kphani007

  • Nov 30th, 2005
 

Severity is the seriousness of the defect or bug in terms of functionality.

Priority is the importance of defect in terms of customer's requirements.

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kphani007

  • Nov 30th, 2005
 

Severity is the seriousness of the defect or bug in terms of functionality.

Priority is the importance of defect in terms of customer's requirements.

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Sudheer

  • Feb 1st, 2006
 

 

Hi,

 Priority is related to Business Perspective and Severity is related to

Technical Perspective.

Severity mainly deals with how bad the defect is and Priority is how

soon it is desired to fix the problem.

Defect Reporter sets the severity and product manager sets the Priority.

Bye.

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priority  describes the importance and order in which a bug should be fixed.

Severity  describes the impact of a bug. severitys are like blocker,critical,major,minor,normal,trivial,enhancement

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priority  describes the importance and order in which a bug should be fixed.

Severity  describes the impact of a bug. severitys are like blocker,critical,major,minor,normal,trivial,enhancement

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veeresh

  • Jul 4th, 2006
 

Hi,

Severity: Defines the importance of defect w.r.t to functionality point of view.
Associated with the standards.
Defines how to impact the defect on the functionality of the product.

Priority: Defines the importance of defect wrt to Customer point of view.
Associated with the scheduling.
Defines how important to fix the defect.

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severity: how much serious the bug is affecting the functionality of the application, severity is given by the testers.

priority: how much the bug is affecting the testing,based on severity, priority will be given by the developers.

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uday

  • Sep 28th, 2006
 

THANK FOR GIVING MORE INFORMATION TO ME

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Varsha

  • Nov 14th, 2006
 

 There are variables for categorizing a bug.

Repeatibility:Indicates that bug is reproducible(rate on scale 1 to 10)

Visibility:The bug is visible(rate on scale 1 to 10)

Severity: How it is affecting the application(scale 1 to 10) 

We evaluate:Priority = (Repeatibility + Visibility)* Severity

say a bug has Rep. as 1 vis. as 1 and severity as 10 then priority will be 20

We can work out the priority based on severity of the bug.

Hope this makes sense Thanks, Varsha

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Hi,

Severity is "How serious is the bug with respect to functionality".

Priority is "sequence of defects for the process of rectification by the developer".

Severity is concerned with the functionality where as priority is bussiness prospective.

Severity is customer-focused while priority is business-focused.

Regards

Prasad

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Mr.Prasad Deshmukh

  • Jan 9th, 2007
 

Severity means importance of defect with respect to functional point of view.

Priority means importance of defects with respect to customer point of view.

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lakshmiprasad

  • Jul 3rd, 2007
 

Severity defines the importance of defect with respective to functional point of view.

Priority defines the importance of defect with respective to customer point of view.

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rkaur

  • Oct 12th, 2007
 

Hello all,

I would like to explain it simply by giving an example, correct me if am wrong:

Priority- it tells that which bug needs to removed first
Severity- when the bug which is found fails the functionality of the product.
Ex: In login window,
--if there is any spelling mistake, it is not a severe bug as it is not affecting the functionality, but it needs to be removed which reflects the quality of the product and we do not want to give a bad impression, this means it should have priority as 1.
--let us assume that any link is not working on the 20-30th webpage of the product, it is said to be severe as it hampering the functionality, but it is not on the high priority, as there are very less chances that the customer will go to that page to test, but still it needs to be removed..

I would appreaciate if someone has more detailed info on this.

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narasani

  • May 6th, 2008
 

Severity is seriousness of the defect with respect to functionality. Severity tells how bad the defect is affecting the functionality.
Priority is importance of the defect with respect to customer. Priority tells which defect is fixed first based on time and risk.

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Severity : When we find a defect, we needed to find out how much impact the defect is created to the application, if the impact is more than the severity will be high, if impact is less than the severity will be low

Priority :
While dealing with defects, developers need to give importance to the defects, giving priority is based on the importance of the defect and situation.

For example, if the application has 2 defect First is in the Main page look is not as per the specifications, Second one is user is not able to enter bigger values (assume value is greater than 37000) in a text field, due to which user is not able to cover another major functionality linked to the greater value. At this point of time, the high Priority will be given to second bug as it is affecting a major functionality and first defect will be given second priority But if the customer wants a demo of the application, then first defect will have high priority as customer is going to view the Main Page and second defect will be lesser priority as we have a workaround, and the workaround is the value less than 37000 is allowing by the text field in the application.

Please correct me if i am wrong

Severity describes the seriousness of the error.It can be
Fatal
Major
Minor
Suggestion

Priority describes in which order the defect needs to be rectified.they are classified in to
Critical
High
Medium
Low.

Usually,
Fatal defects are given critical priority
Major defects as High priority
Minor as Medium and
Suggestion as Low

Depending on the requirements this may vary.

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Severity: How badly the application is impacted by the bug. (Functional point of view)
Priority: How badly the business is impacted by the bug.(Customer point of view)

-Mr.Maduraikaran (The K).

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Severty and Priority are used to define two different aspects of a software bug. Severity refers to the impact of bug on the system or software application. Priority refers to the order in which the bug needs to be fixed.

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mithr17

  • Oct 14th, 2011
 

Everyone has pretty much given you the answer on priority and severity so I will hold off on providing a definition. I'm going to give another example; the more the merrier!
Let's say QA logged a bug - "Clicking on the print icon doesn't print the document."
To a technical person - developer, QA, tester - this is a medium or low priority bug.
But to a business analyst / business person this will mean a priority 1 or 2 bug because if the end user cannot print the filled form or content its a blocking him/her from doing his further tasks.

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muthu

  • Jul 23rd, 2012
 

Priority denotes sequence of the defect in which they are going to Rectified.
Severity describes the seriousness of the defect.

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Prabhu Prasad Mishra

  • Apr 14th, 2014
 

Severity is the level of impact a bug could give to the application.
Priority is the level of urgency for fixing a bug.
Ex- Spelling mistakes in the application module name of field label name can be considered as a low priority.
After Logging in the application, the application displays blank screen, is a high priority.

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