[Authors] Call for Papers -- Peer Reviews
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Fri Oct 1 10:22:23 EDT 2004
CALL FOR PAPERS
Cutter IT Journal
Khaled El Emam, Guest Editor
The Magic of Peer Reviews
Peer reviews, which have been around for more than two decades,
are arguably one of the best techniques for finding bugs in
software prior to its release. Peer reviews are believed to be
so good, that a number of agile methods implement Extreme Peer
Reviews in which code is constantly checked by a second developer.
And because the code can be peer reviewed by anyone, open source
projects are believed to have a substantial quality advantage;
in fact, it is claimed that thousands of programmers peer review
open source code. Many companies claim that they do peer reviews,
although they are done with varying degrees of rigor.
In addition to their defect detection benefits, peer reviews are
a potentially rich source of data that can be used for quality
management and release planning. Completion of peer reviews is
also used as a gating mechanism to track project progress. And,
financially, peer reviews consistently achieve a high
return-on-investment, so setting up peer reviews can be a sound
short- and long-term investment for any project.
THE CUTTER IT JOURNAL INVITES USEFUL DEBATE, DISCUSSION
AND ANALYSES on how peer reviews are implemented in
different types of projects, their value, and how they can
be optimized. Authors are encouraged to promote and defend
their approaches to the whys (or why nots) and the hows of
TOPICS OF INTEREST MAY INCLUDE (but are certainly not limited
to) a combination of the following:
* How peer reviews are deployed in agile and open source
projects, and any lessons that can be learned from these
* Whether extreme (continuous) peer reviews are beneficial
compared with discrete peer reviews?
* Approaches to optimizing peer reviews through reading
techniques, team member selection, and tool support.
* Experiences conducting distributed peer reviews and the
technology needed to support them.
* Return-on-investment analyses of peer reviews.
* Data on peer review adoption and performance benchmarks.
* Experiences with effective methods for introducing peer
reviews in IT departments.
TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE IDEA: Please respond to
Khaled El Emam (kelemam at cutter.com), with a copy to
itjournal at cutter.com, by October 8 and include an
ARTICLE DEADLINE: Articles are due on November 19.
EDITORIAL GUIDELINES: Most Cutter IT Journal articles are
approximately 2,500-3,500 words long, plus whatever graphics
are appropriate. If you have any other questions, please do
not hesitate to contact CITJ's managing editor Karen Pasley
(kpasley at cutter.com) or the Guest Editor, Khaled El Emam
(kelemam at cutter.com). Editorial guidelines are available at
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and vice presidents of software organizations to IT managers,
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