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How can one achieve both the 8th and 12th point, i.e.

Do programmers have quiet working conditions?


Do you do hallway usability testing?

mentioned in The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code?

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I try not to have my desk in the hall. –  Anthony Pegram May 10 '13 at 17:39
I sometimes genuinely wish Joel had never written that article. –  pdr May 10 '13 at 17:39
hallway usability testing is the name of a methodology, not where it occurs. –  Oded May 10 '13 at 17:42
@Ozz - you may want a look at geekswithblogs.net/btudor/archive/2009/06/16/132842.aspx (from 2009!) –  Oded May 10 '13 at 18:20
@Ozz: In addition to the explanation others have given, I feel like The Joel Test is a source of some of the worst questions here. Joel is a CEO. Part of his job is to make Fog Creek look like the best place in the world to work. So he has managed to convince many people that the things you should be looking for a job are the things that he offers. He even concocted a test for which his company scores 100% and pretty much no one else does. And so few people seem to question it. –  pdr May 10 '13 at 18:57

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Like Oded pointed out in the comment under the question.

"hallway usability testing is the name of a methodology, not where it occurs."

Therefore a programmer could have his desk in a silent place and yet do the "hallway usability testing". Just get out of your seat grab any given person and make him use your code.

No rocket science involved.

And once you are at it give this a read. Courtesy.

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