I read The Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review (Free @ www.CodeReviewBook.com) almost 2 years ago. It is a fabulous book for anyone wanting to improve the process of code reviews. SmartBear Software does a fabulous job of backing up Code Reviews with statistical data. This article 11 Proven Practices For Peer Review is no exception.
“Omissions are the hardest defects to find; after all, it’s hard to review something that’s not there. A checklist is the single best way to combat the problem, because it reminds the reviewer or author to take the time to look for something that might be missing.”
I have blogged about putting a checklist into place for code reviews just earlier this year, see Checking off on Code Reviews. I just want to reemphasize the importance of these checklists. I can’t sum it up any better than the quote from the article above.