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Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

In a review , a work product is examined for defects by individuals other than the person who produced it.  A Work Product is any important deliverable created during the requirements, design, coding, or testing phase of software development. 

Research shows that reviews are one of the best ways to ensure quality requirements, giving you as high as a 10 to 1 return on investment.  Reviews help you to discover defects and to ensure product compliance to specifications, standards or regulations

Software Inspections are a disciplined engineering practice for detecting and correcting defects in software artifacts, and preventing their leakage into field operations. 

Software Inspections are a reasoning activity performed by practitioners playing the defined roles of Moderator, Recorder, Reviewer, Reader, and Producer. 

Moderator: Responsible for ensuring that the inspection procedures are performed through out the entire inspection process.  The responsibilities include

  • Verifying the work products readiness for inspection
  • Verifying that the entry criteria is met
  • Assembling an effective inspection team
  • Keeping the inspection meeting on track
  • Verifying that the exist criteria is met

    Recorder: The Recorder will document all defects that arise from the inspection meeting.  This documentation will include where the defects was found.  Additionally, every defect is assigned a defect category and type. 

    Reviewer: All of the Inspection Team individuals are also considered to play the Reviewer role, independent of other roles assigned.  The Inspector role is responsible for analyzing and detecting defects within the work product. 

    Reader: The reader is responsible for leading the Inspection Team through the inspection meeting by reading aloud small logical units, paraphrasing where appropriate

    Producer: The person who originally constructed the work product.  The individual that assumes the role of Producer will be ultimately responsible for updating the work product after the inspection. 

    In a Walkthrough, the producer describes the product and asks for comments from the participants.  These gatherings generally serve to inform participants about the product rather than correct it. 

  • Print | posted on Monday, October 27, 2003 9:39 PM | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing ]

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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    give difference between Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    explain with example.
    2/8/2005 4:12 PM | sujay
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    give difference between Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    explain with example.
    2/8/2005 4:14 PM | sujay
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    # Very useful site...thanks for ur effort.

    Hi, it's good site where one can have lot of info for all testing areas.thanks for ur effort in organising this.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Ravi Cherukuri
    1/28/2005 2:53 PM | Ravi Cherukuri
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    hai.good work and tnks for ur efforts
    4/25/2005 5:55 PM | chenna reddy maddireddy
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    hai.good work and tnks for ur efforts
    4/25/2005 5:56 PM | chenna reddy maddireddy
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    Good site to learn a lot about Software Testing.
    7/13/2005 10:33 AM | Shivangi Agarwal
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    Its really very good site...
    and maintained very well...
    It has helped me a lot ....
    8/2/2005 11:37 AM | Geeta
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    Really a gud site...
    things are written very clearly....
    11/6/2006 9:34 AM | Sonu
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    it is very informative and easy to understand roles have been clearly defined.
    8/23/2007 10:26 PM | pradeepreddy.bhumani
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    really a nice website thank you :)
    12/25/2007 3:41 PM | pink digital cameras
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    WOW!!! i understood the difference B/W review walkthrough and inspection
    6/20/2008 1:11 AM | smita
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    Thank you. Simple but informative.
    Can you eloborate if these roles hold the same meanining with all inspection techniques?
    7/13/2008 6:44 PM | suma
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    nice material... it helped thanks
    8/28/2008 7:00 PM | rashmi
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    # re: Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs

    it is really good site but explain these terms with examples
    11/10/2008 12:07 AM | sekhar
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