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Volume 38, Number 2/3, Page 258 (1999)
Turning Points in Computing: 1962-1999
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Design and code inspections to reduce errors in program development

by M. E. Fagan
Please note: This previously published IBM Systems Journal paper was reprinted for this special retrospective issue.

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.

Related Subjects: Programming