Code reviews can be a challenge to solicit for. Part of the reason for can be intimidation, or lack of confidence. As code authors, we want to reduce the barriers to getting a confident code review. My solution: The annotated code review! A simple process that’s got data supporting its strength as a way to reduce code defects, making for a smoother review process.
Introducing the subject with a story from a past workplace, where we experienced a major security incident as the result of code going un-reviewed, I will walk the audience through the process of annotating their pull requests, with some tips on what makes for a good annotation.
Attendees should leave with a new tool in their toolbelt, and an eagerness to turn their pull requests into curated, guided experiences, making for a confident & smooth review from any peer.