If we start with the premise that having code reviews is better than not having them, the next step is to figure out how to make them better. And though we’re all aware that code reviews are a good thing, they can quickly degenerate into toxic scenarios. We don’t want that.
In this post, we’re going to see four code review practices that can make developers feel frustrated and alienated. In the more extreme cases, developers might even leave a company to escape from what they perceive as tyrannical, nonsensical demands. Keep reading to learn what those practices are, how to avoid them, and how to leverage the benefits of automation in your code reviews to prevent many of these toxic scenarios from happening in the first place
Once you know that, you’ll be empowered to turn your code reviews into healthy processes that lead to higher code quality and more happiness for the developers in your team. Let’s get started! (more…)