The Art of Software Reviews
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The Art of Software Reviews

Find out what's good and bad about your software - practical analysis, evaluation, assessment, audit, review. Covers technical and organisational issues, from requirements over architecture and code up to deployment and rollout.

About the Book

Every software that's maintained over a certain time has potential for improvement - from bad performance, security issues or overly slow time-to-market or similar stuff.

This book helps you uncover problems and risks with your software and your development organization. You learn how to effectively and efficiently review your system, in breadth-first manner. We begin with defining clear and precise goals for your review, conducting a productive kick-off with important stakeholders. You get tips for stakeholder interviews and pragmatic qualitative analysis to find specific quality issues, like performance, flexibility, operability, security or understandability.

Then we walk down into the engine room of your system and look at the internals, like modularization, dependencies, code, technologies and cross-cutting concepts.

Next we analyze operational aspects - how your system is tested, released, deployed and operated. The book supports you to identify problems within your development organization, from unclear or missing requirements over communication issues within the development team over to documentation and version management.

Finally you learn how to prepare and communicate your result, to get the most out of your review. Look forward to an enjoyable and stimulating journey through the exciting world of software reviews.

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About the Author

Gernot Starke
Gernot Starke

Dr. Gernot Starke (INNOQ Fellow) is co-founder and longstanding user of the (open source) arc42 documentation template. For more than 20 years, he has been working as software-architect, coach and consultant, conquering the challenges of creating effective software architectures for clients from various industries.

Gernot co-founded the International Software Architecture Qualification Board (iSAQB e.V.) and the (open source) Architecture Improvement Method (

Gernot has authored several (German) books on software architecture and related topics.

Table of Contents

    • About this book
    • 1. Introduction
  • I The Good Start
    • 2. Preparation is Key
    • 3. Kick-off
  • II Part 2: Under the hood
    • 4. Analyze the ilities
    • 5. Analyze Structure and Dependencies
    • 6. Analyze Code
    • 7. Analyze Crosscutting Concepts
    • 8. Analyze Runtime Behavior
    • 9. Analyze Technology
    • 10. Analyze Data
    • 11. Analyze Tests
    • 12. Analyze Documentation
  • III Running and Operating the System
    • 13. Analyze Infrastructure and Operations
    • 14. Analyze Known Issues and Bugs
  • IV Working on the System
    • 15. Analyze development activities
  • V Organizational issues
    • 16. Analyze Development Organization
    • 17. Analyze Legal Aspects
  • VI The Endgame
    • 18. Collect and Prepare your Results
    • 19. Communicate your Results
  • Appendices
    • Manifesto for Software Reviews
    • Glossary
    • References
  • Notes

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