The effectiveness of the review process depends on how well the process has been deployed. For example, if only two defects were found during the review of a 500-line program or a 20-page design document, clearly the review was not effective. The most common reason for a poor review is that it was not done with the proper focus and seriousness. Unless reviews are taken seriously, they will likely be a huge waste of time that does not give any due return, or they may be seen as a step to be checked off by performing it perfunctorily.

How does a project manager or a moderator evaluate whether a review has been effective so that she can decide the future course of action? One effective way of monitoring and controlling ...

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