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Analysis and Design
Conduct of Formal Technical Reviews (FTR)
The FTR (Formal Technical Review) is a software quality assurance activity
with the objectives to uncover errors in function, logic or implementation for
any representation of the software; to verify that the software under review meets
its requirements; to ensure that the software has been represented according to
predefined standards; to achieve software that is developed in a uniform manner
and to make projects more manageable.
FTR (Formal Technical Review) is also a learning ground for junior developers
to know more about different approaches to software analysis, design and implementation.
It also serves as a backup and continuity for the people who are not exposed to
the software development so far. FTR (Formal Technical Review) activities include
walkthroughs, inspection and round robin reviews and other technical assessments.
The above-mentioned methods are different FTR (Formal Technical Review) formats.
Review meeting is important form of FTR (Formal Technical Review) and there
are some essential parameters for the meeting such as there should be reasonable
number of persons conducting the meeting and that too after each one of them has
done his/her homework i.e. some preparation and the meeting should not be carried
out very long which may lead to wastage of time but rather for duration just enough
to churn out some constructive results. FTR (Formal Technical Review) is effective
when a small and specific part of the overall software is under scrutiny. It is
easier and more productive to review in small parts like each module one by one
rather than to review the whole thing in one go. The target of the FTR (Formal
Technical Review) is on a component of the project, a single module.
The individual or the team that has developed that specific module or product
intimates the product is complete and a review may take place. Then the project
leader forwards the request to the review leader who further informs the reviewers
who undertake the task. The members of the review meeting are reviewers who undertake
the task. The members of the review meeting are reviewers, review-leader, product
developers ( or the module leader alone ) and there one of the reviewers takes
up the job of the recorder and notes down all the important issues raised in the
At the end of each review meeting the decision has to be taken by the attendees
of the FTR (Formal Technical Review) on whether to accept the product without
further modification or to reject the product due to severe errors or to accept
the product provisionally. All FTR (Formal Technical Review) attendees sign off
whatever decision taken. At the end of the review a review issues list and a review
summary is report is generated.
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