Resouces for Conducting a Formal Inspection

To help you conduct an inspection you may need to use the following documents:

To help you record the results of your inspection (and the preparation for it), you will need the following forms:

Example checklists:

You might also find the U Maryland definition of defect classes useful, especially if you don't like the one on the above defect forms.

Sample Specifications

A set of sample specifications to inspect is also available.


Karl E. Wiegers, "Peer Reviews in Software: A Practical Guide", Addison-Wesley, 2001. (All the above forms were adpated from Karl Wieger's book, and are available at

The NASA Formal Inspections Guidebook and Standard are available from the NASA Software Technology Assurance Center at

The NASA Instructional Handbook for Formal Inspections (for some reason this document has no title page!)

Philip Johnson's archive of formal technical review materials: http://www2.ics.Hawaii.Edu/%7Ejohnson/FTR/