How is the best way to quickly see what defects are assigned to each developer and what the statuses are. Are reports the best way?
Re: Defect Status
Reports can certainly help but I like to use the grouping feature in the table of contents. To use that, go to the defects area, click Show Defects. Then in the table of contents, click the Groups tab.
Then choose to group the defects by Assignee, then by Status (you can even group by another level like priority). Then it shows it in collapsible trees and as you click on an area (like assignee), the right pane shows all defects by assignee. You can then drill into specific statuses for the assignee.