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The Joel Test

by Max Wenzin on October 13th, 2009

One of the many tools at disposal and a reference to the company name (Better Code) is The Joel Test. I keep it here to remind myself of the simple prerequisites of successful software development!

The Joel Test

  1. Do you use source control?
  2. Can you make a build in one step?
  3. Do you make daily builds?
  4. Do you have a bug database?
  5. Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
  6. Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
  7. Do you have a spec?
  8. Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
  9. Do you use the best tools money can buy?
  10. Do you have testers?
  11. Do new candidates write code during their interview?
  12. Do you do hallway usability testing?

I keep this list here to always keep it in mind! For the full article, see The Joel Test.

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