Seven Deadly Sins of Software Reviews

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different. Many organizations have enjoyed excellent results from their inspection programs, with returns on investment of up to 10 to 1. Others, though, perceive reviews to be frustrating wastes of time, usually because of these seven deadly sins, not because review are inherently time-wasters. By staying alert to these common problems of reviews and applying the solutions I have suggested here, you can help make your technical review activities be a stellar contributor to your software quality program.

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Karl E. Wiegers's picture Karl E. Wiegers

Karl Wiegers, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at Process Impact in Portland, Oregon, and the author of Software Requirements (Microsoft Press, 1999) and Creating a Software Engineering Culture (Dorset House, 1996). You can reach him at You can find more than 35 of Karl's articles at

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