Roles and Activities > Developer Role Set > Design Reviewer

The design reviewer role plans and conducts the formal reviews of the Artifact: Design Model.

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The design reviewer has the same staffing profile as the Role: Software Architect, although with a more narrow focus on the technical issues. Leadership, maturity, pragmatism, and result-orientation are important to lesser degrees, but still important: a reviewer may uncover design defects that are likely to be unpopular if they threaten the schedule of the project. Still, it is better to raise critical issues early, when they can be resolved rather than blindly following a schedule that leads the project team down the wrong path. The design reviewer needs to balance risks against costs, remaining sensitive to the broader issues of project success. The design reviewer also needs to be a persuasive communicator who can raise and discuss sensitive issues. From a technical knowledge standpoint, the design reviewer needs to have experience as a Role: Designer.

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