Effective Technical Reviews for Software Teams

A BCS Professional Awareness Course

Wednesday 7th October, 09:00 - 17:00.

Trainer: Robert Smallshire.

Edinburgh Training & Conference Centre , 16 St Mary Street Edinburgh , EH1 1SU.

Cost: £168 for BCS members, £198 for others (both including VAT).

The course is one of a series of Professional Current Awareness Courses aimed at providing greater access to developing subjects for IT professionals.

Registration via the BCS on-line booking system - see "Booking" at the bottom of this page.

Course Overview

Review by peers, colleagues, experts and stakeholders is perhaps the most effective tool we have for improving the quality of software. But if review is so wonderful, why is it used so infrequently?

In this workshop, Robert will show you how to conduct effective code, design and requirements reviews using a variety of techniques from the relatively informal sort of reviews you’re perhaps doing already, through to the most formal inspections. We’ll work together to understand what makes a good review, and to help you identify behaviours that lead to poor outcomes, in the form of either defective software or unhappy colleagues.

Throughout this workshop, you’ll get plenty of advice on how to introduce effective technical reviews into your engineering culture.

About the presenter


Robert is a founding director of Sixty North, a software product and consulting business in Norway. He has worked in senior architecture and technical management roles for several software companies, providing tools in the energy sector for dealing with the masses of information flowing from today’s digital oil fields. He has dealt with understanding, designing, advocating and implementing effective architectures for sophisticated scientific and enterprise software in Python, C++, C# and F# and JavaScript.

Robert is a regular speaker at conferences, meet-ups and corporate software events, and can be found speaking about topics as diverse as behavioural microeconomics in software development to implementing web services on 8-bit microcontrollers. He is the organiser of the Oslo Python group and holds a PhD in a natural science.


Booking is via the BCS on-line reservation system.

Cost is £168 for BCS members, £198 for others, both including VAT at 20%.

Closing date for bookings is 6th October. No refunds after 30th September..

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

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