Design and code inspections to reduce errors in program development

TitleDesign and code inspections to reduce errors in program development
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1976
Citation KeyFagan76
AuthorsFagan, M. E.
Secondary TitleIBM Systems Journal
Volume15
Pages182-211
KeywordsCode, Design, Inspections
Abstract

Substantial net improvements in programming quality and productivity have been obtained through the use of formal inspections of design and of code. Improvements are made possible by a systematic and efficient design and code verification process, with well-defined roles for inspection participants. The manner in which inspection data is categorized and made suitable for process analysis is an important factor in attaining the improvements. It is shown that by using inspection results, a mechanism for initial error reduction followed by ever-improving error rates can be achieved.