Organizations that involve a development work to produce their products and services are facing a fiercely competitive market in the current rapid technology era. A 4 – 6 months’ innovative idea that is still in the planning phase, might not be relevant any longer when it’s being launched in the market. Speed and efficiency are very essential in organizations to keep up with the pace and stay competitive in the long run.
The rise of source code review has highlighted its importance for many professional occupations due to the fact that peers can identify each other’s errors quickly and easily, speeding up the time that it takes for errors to be identified, corrected and proceed with the next phase efficiently.
- Consistent Code Design
It’s important to have a consistent coding style throughout a project to enforce a readable code by anyone who’s on-boarded in the same project. In the long run, it’s inevitable that changes will need to be made by future developers that are new to the organization. This increases efficiency when multiple developers who have their own coding style, adheres to one standard coding format. They can save more time without going through the framework aspect of a coding, instead, they can focus directly on the functionality aspect to work on further development when necessary.
- Preserving Quality
The biggest advantage of the code review is to minimize any mistakes overlooked in the initial development phase to ensure the overall quality of the software is improved. Even the most experienced developers are bound to mistakes when they go through long hours of work. Code review is very essential to make further enhancements, identify bugs, detect simple coding errors, pinpoint any deviations from the standards and highlight other potential risks. Valuable time will be saved during the User Acceptance Test (UAT) phase when the quality of the code is being reviewed.
- Share new methods to enhance coding
An act of having a peer code review during or after an implementation can result in providing new techniques to increase the coding skillset of the developers. Usually, the more experienced developers will review the code of their peers. It’s something very close to mentorship program by the seniors to guide the juniors to accelerate their learning curve via knowledge-sharing.
- Flexible resource planning
Under normal circumstances, when a developer is being assigned to work on a new feature that needs an extension to gain more functionality, the same person will usually be assigned to work on his/her initial source code. This is typically due to their familiarity and expertise on that component. This can save time and reduce bugs or errors since the developer knows in and out about the structure of the code.
Eventually, every developers will write their own codes on new enhancements and it will become a standard practice. During their absence, other developers will encounter challenges to understand the code since there’s no standardization.
This is what the majority of organizations are facing if there’s no code review in place.
- Better time management and reduced cost
Better time management is a direct translation to a better planning and projects can be delivered within the agreed time frame. A code review will make the quality assurance process more efficiently since the bugs and errors are identified by the experts (seniors). The corrections can be made much earlier and ease into the next phase of the project seamlessly.
If you convert the actual time delayed due to the non-code review challenges into cost (bugs, errors, unfamiliarity, lack of expertise and etc.), times with multiple developers, customers, account managers and other support teams involved (especially after go-live), you would be surprised that it will be a substantial cost to the organization. More importantly it’s also affecting the indirect costs of customers leaving and impacting the company’s reputation.
Now let’s get started!
If your team has no code review implemented yet, there are 4 different methods that you can start with:
- Instance code review using pair programming
- Review each task synchronously
- Review each task asynchronously
- Code review once in a while
After you’re well informed on the methods of code review implementation, you can now decide which method is the best for your team.
Challenges to implement a code review
You need to identify whether you are currently facing the following challenges to implement a code review in your organization:
- Cost of hiring more developers is high especially if it involves the experts in their respective fields to execute the code review more effectively
- Time constraints to hire new developers due to a tight project timeline or high turnover situations and at the same time, a high quality development work is required
- Finding the right skill set to run an effective code review
- After the developers have been hired as a contract or permanent employment to work on a project assignment, the overhead costs will be increased especially during the bench time where projects are low in demand
If you are experiencing the above situations, Securelytics have the best solution for you:
- You don’t need to hire the developers, Securelytics will review your source code with a competitive price
- Your operating costs will be reduced even when there’s a high surge of projects to manage
- You will be relieved from a resource management perspective since Securelytics will manage its resources and deliver the result directly to you
- A high quality source code review will be conducted by experts
- Tight deadline projects that requires a high quality testing can be managed with ease since one critical step has been outsourced
- The peer to peer knowledge sharing can increase the overall skill set of your in-house development team
- Securelytics also offers a training program to achieve a common criteria evaluation (higher assurance level) and also provides a know-how on the source code review best practices