Written with every software engineer's question in mind- How much do inspections pay off? -this book demonstrates how to get the most value while controlling costs for investment and inspections. Covered are the economics and ROI of inspections as well as defect prevention and controlling the cost of quality. Written for managers interested in successfully implementing inspection programs and using the data, this book can also be used by engineers and technical writers who want to learn how to maximize software quality and minimize costs as well as agents of change interested in introducing a method that has significant quality and productivity potential. Also described are how to develop and use checklists, how to apply inspections to other life cycle activities and work products, how to read documents for successful inspections, and how to maximize quality, cost, and cycle time objectives for an organization.