Code Review

The Good and the Dysfunctional of Pull Requests

Feb 22, 2024 • 18 min

Now and then, I rant about Pull Requests on social media. The rants are on the inefficiencies and the fairly low value of Pull Requests compared to their cost. The friends who understand lean principles appreciate my rants with applause and cheering. On the other hand, there is a fair share of somehow offended people who feel the need to belittle and call unprofessionalism. I guess it is time to provide some deeper argumentation than social media allows.

Non-Blocking Continuous Code Reviews - a Case Study

Jan 6, 2024 • 1 min

The problem with the current most commonly accepted way of running code reviews using Pull Requests is that they have the nasty habit of blocking the flow of delivery. They introduce a cost of delay. Any delay reduces feedback. Consequently, it drives down quality.

On the Evilness of Feature Branching - What about Code Reviews

Dec 14, 2023 • 5 min

Every time I suggest the adoption of trunk-based development, I always get that one, single, same question asked: What about Code Reviews? How do we do Code Reviews when we do not have branches anymore? Of course, this assumes code reviews can only happen with Pull Requests.

Non-Blocking, Continuous Code Reviews - a case study

May 2, 2023 • 7 min

The usual way to achieve fast Continuous Code Reviews is through Pair Programming or Ensemble Programming. In this article, I will share a less common approach to Continuous Code Reviews using Non-Blocking Reviews.