What is RIMGEN?
RIMGEN is a guide for investigating bugs and describing them, taught in the BBST Bug Advocacy course. The acronym stands for six steps to help you investigate and communicate a bug better.
Make sure the failure is reproducible by anyone who follows the steps in your report. Add clear information, steps or conditions.
Identify the shortest number of critical steps necessary. Take out any unnecessary steps from the bug report. The goal is to end up with the shortest number of critical steps.
Find a more serious problem underlying the one initially found.
Here are four types of follow-up testing focused on severity:
See if the problem affects more people in more ways than you originally considered.
Highlight who will be affected by the bug and explain how the bug will affect them.
Add information beyond test results:
The bug report is easy to read and understand and the tone used is neutral.
Download and print the RIMGEN cards created by our colleague Levi. You will find the description of each step on the back of the cards. We advice you to print on thick, matte cardboard, A6 size, double-sided.
We are committed to creating an engaging and fruitful learning process from the unique design of the classes, focused on practice and individual feedback, to little perks that make the material fun and memorable, like the RIMGEN illustrations.
Our deck of cards are our own interpretation of the German playing cards. These types of cards are popular in areas that were once under German or Austrian control, like Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Transylvania etc. Many of these regions created their own versions of the cards, refleting their history and culture. See for exemple the Czech playing cards.