How to build a code review checklist
Develop | Posted November 20, 2008

I get asked about code review checklists all the time. Mostly the question is: "Do you have a sample checklist we can use?"

Seems like a reasonable question... except there's no good answer! A checklist is unique to a team, a language, and a goal. A checklist changes over time as people get good at addressing the issues. A checklist has only a few items on it, not two pages of items.

The real question is: How do I build an appropriate checklist? Following up with: What are the common pitfalls to avoid? How do I keep the checklist updated?

Good questions! Glad you asked. The answer is in an article I wrote for CM Crossroads: Checklists: You Build me up Just to Knock me Down.

P.S. I know, in the book I gave some sample checklist items... I hope this doesn't make me a bad person.


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