Inspections Leader Workshop (1 day course)


This course provides specific guidance for the moderator/leader role in the inspection process to maximise the effectiveness of the process. Practical tips and guidelines are provided to ensure effectiveness is maintained with process tailoring. Failure paths are outlined. A number of case studies and a practical exercise with fun role plays are used in support of the presentation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Ensure the goals of the Inspection process are met:
    • Detecting and preventing faults (especially majors)
    • Using inspections to learn and increase knowledge/skills
  • Calculate the costs and benefits of the Inspection process
  • Choose a level of process formality suited to your culture and environment
  • Use metrics to improve the process
  • Guide others in the process and help ensure buy-in
  • Perform your leader/moderator role effectively:
    • Plan/prepare for inspections
    • Manage inspection meetings more effectively
    • Perform follow-up

Level and Orientation of Audience

Aimed at senior practitioners and those responsible for deploying the inspection process i.e. software project managers, project leaders, SEPG members, senior development staff, senior testers, etc. Ideally participants will have attended the 'Practical and Effective Inspections' course, will have more than two years development/test experience and will have significant experience participating in inspections.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • Inspection process revisited - the leaders's view
  • Advanced Inspection issues/practices
    • Defect prevention
    • Metrics
    • Sampling/selection
    • Automation/tools
  • Tailoring the process
    • Overview meeting
    • Preparation rates
    • Meeting management
    • Reviewer numbers and mix
    • Focusing on majors
    • Merged code
  • The "soft" skills
    • What makes a good inspection leader?
    • Leader guidance in creating and maintaining buy-in and motivation
    • Leader protection
    • Resolving conflict
  • Common pitfalls
  • Exercises and case studies
    • Each participant has a turn leading the overview, inspection and analysis meetings with constructive feedback being provided by their inspection team and tutor on their performance
    • Five case studies are provided highlighting lessons learnt
    • Workshop summary and implementation planning