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I have recently organized a bug hunt in my company.
The point was to motivate testers for testing outside of the scope of their work.
Here are the general settings:


Territory – application, system
Prey – bug, issue, problem, meaningful change request
Hunt – the event in which is are the bugs searched and reported in the particular application in a given time


Old hunter
  • He is the most experienced Hunter in the particular territory
  • Tester who has not currently the role of the Hunter
  • He informs other Hunters about the application
  • He evaluates reports
  • He gathers the reports from Hunters
  • He anonymizes the reports and forwards them to the Old Hunter for evaluation
  • He will maybe provide reward for the Lead Hunter
  • His role is to catch the prey
Lead Hunter
  • He will be known at the end of the hunt
  • He is the best among hunters, the chosen one
  • He will receive a big chunk of meat or something


  • You will be given access to the territory (application, system) by the Old Hunter
  • He will provide information about
    • Basic application logic, functionality, purpose
    • What not to look for
    • What to look for
    • Who to address bug reports
    • Known prey (bugs, issues)
  • You can always ask the Old Hunter about the territory, when you are not sure
  • Your goal is to find the prey (bugs, issues, defects, problems etc.)
  • You can also suggest meaningful changes
  • When to hunt? Whenever you want. You can spend the whole week looking for a prey, or you can avoid hunting and eat grassJ
  • You will report everything to a gatherer, who will sent it anonymously to the Old Hunter for evaluation
Every prey is evaluated and given a value (0-5 meat points) by the Old hunter
  • Prey is evaluated firstly according to its size (significance, severity, priority)
  • More points are given to the Hunter who catches the prey as first
  • Points will devaluate if many Hunters catch this particular prey
  • Points are given also according to the quality of hunt report – simplicity, accuracy, clear, reproducible
  • Hunters should not share information about the prey – but this is only an recommendation
  • Duration of the hunt is restricted to a week, till enough prey is caught, or till one Lead Hunter (most points) is clear




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