A-Z Popular Blog Projects Search »
Project Management

What is a Defect?

 , updated on
A defect is a non-conformance to requirements, standards or designs. It is also common for shortcomings, errors, failures and imperfections to be perceived as defects even if they aren't contrary to documented requirements. From a pragmatic point of view, anything that authoritative stakeholders perceive as a defect is a defect.
Overview: Defect
Definition (1)
A nonconformance to requirements, standards or designs.
Definition (2)
A perceived shortcoming, error, failure or imperfection.
Also Known As
Bug, variance
Related Concepts


This is the complete list of articles we have written about defect.
Defect Density
If you enjoyed this page, please consider bookmarking Simplicable.

Project Risk

A list of common project risks.

Project Management Basics

A list of basic project management techniques.


A definition of workaround with examples.

Project Branding

A list of project branding techniques.

Stakeholder Management

An overview of project stakeholder management with examples.

Action Plan

A definition of action plan with examples.

Cost Overrun

The primary types of cost overrun.

Document Control

The definition of document control with examples.

Project Oversight

A guide to project oversight.

Design-Driven Development

A definition of design driven development with examples.

Project Risk

A list of common project risks.

Project Stakeholder

A list of common project stakeholders.

Business Risks

A list of common business risks.

Risk vs Issue

The difference between a risk and an issue.

Risk Treatment

The five things that can be done about risk.

Secondary Risk

The definition of secondary risk with examples.

Risk Register

A guide to creating a risk register with an example.

Risk Perception

A definition of risk perception with examples.


The common types of implementation.

Project Risk Management

A reasonably complete guide to project risk management.
The most popular articles on Simplicable in the past day.

New Articles

Recent posts or updates on Simplicable.
Site Map