Peer review equals pull request

Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

Some organizations seem to think peer review equals pull request; they've taken the view that the only way to achieve a peer review of code is via a pull request. We've seen this approach create significant team bottlenecks as well as significantly degrade the quality of feedback as overloaded reviewers begin to simply reject requests. Although the argument could be made that this is one way to demonstrate code review "regulatory compliance" one of our clients was told this was invalid since there was no evidence the code was actually read by anyone prior to acceptance. Pull requests are only one way to manage the code review workflow; we urge people to consider other approaches, especially where there is a need to coach and pass on feedback carefully.