SharePoint bug tracking
July 2, 2009 5 Comments
So you have this SharePoint project you are working on… And as with any project, you need a bug tracker in order to communicate properly with the QAs and BAs in the company. What do you use? OnTime? Mantis? Bugzilla?
Why not SharePoint itself? It’s already (presumably) set up for you, users are familiar with it and you are only couple of steps away from setting up your own Issue Tracker.
To get it up and running, here is what you should do, step by step:
1. Open your SharePoint web site as admin
2. Click on ‘View All Site Content’ (usually top left) or open http://server:port/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx
3. Click on ‘Create’ to create a new list (shortcut: http://server:port/_layouts/create.aspx)
6. Click ‘Create’ button and your bug tracker is created. You should see a list with the name you have given on step 5. This is the tracker, open it. Click ‘New Item’ to see the default fields and their values you get.
You can now change the possible statuses your issues may have. For example, you may want to add ‘Acknowledged’, ‘Postponed’, ‘Invalid’, ‘Cannot fix’, etc… You may also change the default value or make the field required (a smart choice). When you are happy with your changes, click Ok.
10. Do the same for Category and Priority.
11. You can extend your tracker further, by adding extra columns. Let’s say, Product (as you may be working on different products at the same time) or Version (as your product may have many production versions). To do this, go to the Settings of the list again (as in step 7). Scroll down to columns and click Create Column.
17. You may need to add users (give permissions) to the site or the list.
Now you have your own tracker, embedded in your SharePoint environment. Hope this was helpful!