Category Archives: defects

Experiences Reviewing KPI/metric Efficiency Part 1 of 2

I’ve spoken a lot about metrics in the past and I was asked by a client to go through the steps involved in reviewing the efficiency of metrics with examples. Using our checklists is cool, but he also wanted some … Continue reading

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Peer Reviews Improve Product Quality and Project Delivery

Shock! They actually work! Peer reviews are an effective tool to improve the quality of deliverables – be they documents, code, tests, presentations, etc.  Yet they are still not used in many companies. Why not? People don’t have the “time” … Continue reading

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Reviewing Efficiency & Effectiveness Of Your Company KPI/Metrics Program

Most companies collect various metrics.  But are they the best ones to collect?  How do you know if you are getting good value for the effect expended in collecting and reporting KPIs/metrics? You can use this list to get a … Continue reading

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A Day in Refactoring Agile Project Process Part 3

315 Arvo Tea We like to take advantage of as many informal activities and gatherings as possible (plus we love coffee and donuts 😉  What strikes us with the people in this company is that everyone at all levels have … Continue reading

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Review Relevance and Fade Part 2

As I mentioned last time, reviews need preventive maintenance to ensure they remain effective and useful to the business.  By setting someone as a responsible for the review improvement action, you cam eliminate the problem of everyone caring, no one … Continue reading

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Peer Review Relevance and Fade

Just finished conducting a short course on peer reviews, inspections and walkthroughs.  A very interesting question was asked about the “quality fade” effect on reviews. This is a summary of how I responded: After peer reviews, inspections, walkthroughs (and various … Continue reading

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A Software Process Improvement Portfolio

Subsequent to my previous post, I thought we could clarify some issues using a Software Process Improvement Portfolio approach.  As noted earlier many methods appear to extol the same virtues and build up a strawman of other methods to differentiate … Continue reading

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