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Software peer reviews really do work. I've developed an empirical model to prove it to our managers so they can understand the return on investment as they plan for them. I agree wholeheartedly with your article and comments and some of the comments, that, even if you're already committed to them, there are a lot of stumbling blocks in building up the culture to do them and do them right. Frankly, my favorite, and most effective approach is to provide enough measurements to the users of Peer Reviews so they can correct as they go. There are just too many things that can impact significantly how any particular peer review will turn out in terms of effectiveness. My web site contains a number of articles on this:
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on Code Reviews: Just Do It at Coding Horror
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