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Priority and Severity Examples

Can some one give the best example for the following scenario's
1. High Priority and high severity
2. High Priority and low severity
3. High severity and low priority
4. low severity and low priority
Asked by: Meenal001 | Member Since Feb-2008 | Asked on: Feb 27th, 2008

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Answered On : Feb 28th, 2008

View all answers by vikasyadav123

Severity is the measure as to what extent the defect is harmful for the application, on the other hand Priority is releated, as to which defect the tester wants the dev team to fix first.

A defect say a spelling error in the application is a cosmetic defect, but if that occur on all the screens of the UI, then that makes it a high priority, so this is an example of High priority and low severity.

A system crash is an example oh high severity, but suppose that occurs when user click a button and the usage of that too is very low, so there is no urgency to fix it now, so this is an example of low priority and high severity. 

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Answered On : Mar 3rd, 2008

View all answers by be.priyanka

Priority - Priority is the order in which developer has to fix the bug.
Severity - Severity is how seroisly the bug is impacting the application.


High Priority & High Severity: A show stopper error which occurs on the basic funcationality of the application . (Eg. A site maintaing the student details, on saving record if it, doesn't allow to save the record then this is high priority and high severity bug.)

High Priority & Low Severity: The spell mistakes that happens on the cover page or headin or title of an application.

High Severity & Low Priority: The application generates a show stopper or system error, (for which there is no workaround) but on click of link which is rarely used by the end user.

Low Priority and Low Severity: Any cosmetic or spell issues which is with in a paragraph or in the report (Not on cover page, heading, title).

Plz correct me if i am wrong.

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Answered On : Aug 27th, 2009

View all answers by Nitinkk

Regarding Priority and Severity Examples :

What most of the testing Guys do while answering the Simple question they took the examples from the Global project. ( Like , I got this & that in YAHOO, REDIFF)

I my opinion this is Bad Habit , Always give the Example from ur current / previous projects. It actaully leaves a good impression on the Interviewer.

U have the Concept of what "Priority" and "Severity"  is ..

Prepare the Examples from ur current / previous projects.

Nitin K Verma

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High priority and high severity:  The application crashes whenever a person attempts to submit valid input on the registration page.

High priority and low severity:  The content entered in the Terms of Use are not correct and could potentially lead to legal consequences.

High severity and low priority:  The application crashes whenever a person enters 1500+ chars in a phone number text box that should accept no more than 15 chars.

Low severity and low priority:  There is a slight misspelling on one of the FAQ pages.

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