Had a question that was posed to me when I attended an discussion:
In event of a show stopper blocker bug being discovered just a day prior to the release of the product? What should the QA Manager do? Should the release be stalled, that affect the company image? This bug was never found in the earlier builds when tested. Please provide your thoughts on this
if the current build can be patched and still go out on time, you need to evaluate the risk of patching it. you also need to clearly evaluate the severity of the bug found.
If it comes down to the decision to stall the release vs. releasing with a known bug, you should present the issue and all of your analysis of it to the project stakeholders.
My opinion is that open communication always works best. It is important to understand who makes these type decisions for your specific project and consult fully with them. Every project has specific stakeholders, whether business related or technology related.