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Inspecting the History of Inspections: An Example of Evidence-Based Technology Diffusion
January/February 2008 (vol. 25 no. 1)
pp. 88-90
Forrest Shull, Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering
Carolyn Seaman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering
Inspections are among the most mature and best-studied practices in software engineering. People, especially when they bring objective viewpoints, are among the most powerful tools for finding problems in systems. The inspection process mitigates the fact that, although the human brain is powerful, relying on it has drawbacks. It's interesting to look at how such a practice catches on among busy professionals.

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Index Terms:
software inspections
Citation:
Forrest Shull, Carolyn Seaman, "Inspecting the History of Inspections: An Example of Evidence-Based Technology Diffusion," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 88-90, Jan.-Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.7
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