Great post, Jonathan. Zero-defect software is a worthwhile goal (one that I've been pursuing for the last couple of years).
Here's my code review checklist.
We've been using this checklist at my work for a couple of years and it really works for us. We find a only a handful of minor errors in production each year (which is a fraction of what we found before we used this checklist).
Watts Humphrey published extensively zero-defect software. I wrote a summary here.
But, even if you don't want anything to do with PSP (and most people don't), chapter 8 of PSP: A Self-Improvement Process for Software Engineers lays out the economic case for producing high quality software. Spoiler: it's almost always worth the effort for software that's going to be around for a long time.
Thanks for sharing, Blaine! That writing by Humphrey looks very interesting. I'll certainly read up on it.
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