Purpose:

Peer reviews are performed on selected work products.

Objective:

Verify and confirm that the work products meet their specified requirements, thus enabling detection of defects early in the project’s life cycle.

Description:

Peer reviews involve a methodical examination of work products by the producers’ peers to identify defects for removal and to recommend other changes that are needed.

The peer review is an important and effective verification method implemented via inspections, structured walkthroughs, or a number of other collegial review methods.

Peer reviews are primarily applied to work products developed by the projects, but they can also be applied to other work products such as documentation and training work products that are typically developed by support groups. 

Entrance Criteria:

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Exit Criteria:

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Process and Procedures:

Tailoring Guidelines:

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Process Verification Record(s)

  • Peer review schedule
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  • Peer review checklist
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  • Entry and exit criteria for work products
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  • Criteria for requiring another peer review
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  • Peer review training material
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  • Selected work products to be reviewed
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  • Peer review results
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  • Peer review issues
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  • Peer review data
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  • Peer Review Data
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  • Peer Review Action Items
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Measure(s):

  • Determine the type of peer review to be conducted.
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  • Define requirements for collecting data during the peer review.
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  • Define requirements for collecting data during the peer review.
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  • Establish and maintain entry and exit criteria for the peer review.
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  • Establish and maintain criteria for requiring another peer review.
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  • Establish and maintain checklists to ensure that work products are reviewed consistently.
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  • Develop a detailed peer review schedule, including the dates for peer review training and for when materials for peer reviews will be
    available.
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  • Ensure that the work product satisfies the peer review entry criteria prior to distribution.
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  • Distribute the work product to be reviewed and related information to participants early enough to enable them to adequately prepare for the peer review.
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  • Assign roles for the peer review as appropriate.
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  • Prepare for the peer review by reviewing the work product prior to conducting the peer review.
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  • Perform the assigned roles in the peer review.
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  • Identify and document defects and other issues in the work product.
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  • Record results of the peer review, including action items.
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  • Collect peer review data.
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  • Identify action items and communicate issues to relevant stakeholders.
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  • Conduct an additional peer review if needed.
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  • Ensure that the exit criteria for the peer review are satisfied.
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  • Record data related to the preparation, conduct, and results of the peer reviews.
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  • Store the data for future reference and analysis.
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  • Protect the data to ensure that peer review data are not used
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  • Analyze the peer review data.
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