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Handbook of Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews

by Daniel P. Freedman and Gerald M. Weinberg

ISBN: 978-0-932633-19-4  
©1990  464 pages   hardcover  
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Subject(s): Software Project Reviews

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A Step-by-Step Guide to
Avoiding Costly Errors

About the Book

To err is indeed human, and reviews have proved to be the most cost-effective method in use for error detection and removal. Before implementing new procedures within an information system, a formal technical review can ensure that the plan will work. This step is critical in preserving the intentions of the plan and preventing costly, time-consuming errors. Distinguished authors Daniel Freedman and Gerald Weinberg, over several years of consulting, found a similarity among the questions their clients had about formal reviews. In a clear, nontechnical style, this handbook addresses the wide range of questions typically asked. Freedman and Weinberg use what they learned as "outsiders" to help "insiders" conduct thorough evaluations of their projects.

Presented in a question/answer format, the handbook invites the reader to partake in an informative, lively conversation. Topics include the who, what, where, when, and why of conducting reviews, with special emphasis on how to proceed. Numerous checklists, sample forms, and guidelines supplement the authors' comprehensive and often witty answers.

This acclaimed third edition offers specific advice on the formulation of a review team and on the roles of management and the reviewers themselves. No walkthrough, inspection, or technical review can truly be complete without this professional handbook.


"When I started reading Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews: Evlatuating Programs, Projects, and Products by Daniel P. Freedman and Gerald M. Weinberg, my intention was to summarize its key points. But alas, I have found this talk imporrible because every page of this book is so full of meat that the summary would be almost as long as the book itself. The book is based on the authors' extensive experienve in conducting, facilitating, and observing reviews, and I'm not surprised the book has been reissued and reprinted so many times. . . ."

 —Naomi Karten
Managing End-User computing

"Anyone needing, planning, or attending a review or the like should have consulted this handbook to get them on the right wavelength for really useful, productive evaluations."

 —C.C. Dilloway
Computer Books Review

"My favorite book on this topic . . ."

J. Adrian Zimmer
Editor, Journal of Software Maintenance

"A basic reference for anyone engaged in system design and programming activities."

 —Journal of Systems Management

Table of Contents

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Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews, by Norman L. Kerth

Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects, by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

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