Conduct peer reviews of selected work products and identify issues resulting from these reviews.


One of the purposes of conducting a peer review is to find and remove defects early. Peer reviews are performed incrementally as work products are being developed. These reviews are structured and are not management reviews.

Peer reviews can be performed on key work products of specification, design, test, and implementation activities and specific planning work products.

The focus of the peer review should be on the work product in review, not on the person who produced it.

When issues arise during the peer review, they should be communicated to the primary developer of the work product for correction.

Refer to the Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) (CMMI-DEV) process area for more information about monitoring the project against the plan.

Peer reviews should address the following guidelines: there should be sufficient preparation, the conduct should be managed and controlled, consistent and sufficient data should be recorded (an example is conducting a formal inspection), and action items should be recorded

Example Work Products

  1. Peer review results
  2. Peer review issues
  3. Peer review data


1. Perform the assigned roles in the peer review.

2. Identify and document defects and other issues in the work product.

3. Record results of the peer review, including action items.

4. Collect peer review data.

Refer to the Measurement and Analysis (MA) (CMMI-DEV) process area for more information about obtaining measurement data.

5. Identify action items and communicate issues to relevant stakeholders.

6. Conduct an additional peer review if the needed.

7. Ensure that the exit criteria for the peer review are satisfied.