Bugzilla: Philosophy

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Mar 1 10:42:07 UTC 2010

On 27/02/10 03:50, Justin Wood (Callek) wrote:
> help PEOPLE fix bugs. PEOPLE to fix bugs well usually wish to have a
> project management system of some sort. In Mozilla Project Management
> uses Bugzilla features for their ease of use, while I also *agree* it
> should NOT be a project management system this point should be felt more
> through the other goals rather than in opposition to them.

Well, let's reconsider the question entirely, just as a thought experiment.

Why do we want Bugzilla not to be a project management system?

1) It increases code complexity
2) It increases UI complexity
3) It spreads development and testing resources thinner

Why might someone want Bugzilla to be a project management system?

1) There are organizational benefits of having your PMS and your task
tracker closely integrated

(any more for either list)

So perhaps "Bugzilla is not a project management system" is not a bit of
philosophy; it's more a practical restriction we have decided to make to
avoid scope creep and focus our resources.


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