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Informal Review Vs Formal Review


Informal Review

Formal Review


Conducted on an as-needed I.e. Informal agenda

Conducted at the end of each life cycle phase I.e. Formal Agenda


The date and the time of the agenda for the Informal Review will not be addressed in the Project Plan

The agenda for the formal review must be addressed in the Project Plan


The developer chooses a review panel and provides and/or presents the material to be reviewed

The acquirer of the software appoints the formal review panel or board, who may make or affect a go/no-go decision to proceed to the next step of the life cycle.


The material may be as informal as a computer listing or hand-written documentation.



The material must be well prepared.


Ex Formal reviews include the Software Requirements Review, the Software Preliminary Design Review, the Software Critical Design Review, and the Software Test Readiness Review.

  1. Praveen
    April 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I want to know, what is the purpose of an informal review?

  2. Rosty
    May 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    To entertain.

  1. March 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

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