The Joel Test is a quick test to check the quality of a company that you work for - or one you are interviewing with.

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Bare minimum on the Joel Test [closed]

From the Joel Test, of the 12, which do you think are the absolute must-haves to at least have a decently running software department/company? I realise there is no absolutely right answer. I'm just ...
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Is it bad etiquette to ask a potential employer how they score on the Joel Test?

Developer interviews are different than most other places, because not only do you worry about the people you work with, benefits, job description, etc., you also have EXTRA to worry about after ...
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What do you think about the Joel Test? [closed]

The Joel Test is a well known test for determining how good your team is. What do you think about the points? Do you disagree with any of them? Is there anything that you would add?
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Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test? [closed]

I really like the Joel test, use it myself, and encourage my staff and interviewees to consider it carefully. However I don't think I can ever score more than 9 because a few points seem to ...
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How important are daily builds?

One of the criteria of the Joel Test is daily builds. The idea is that if the build is broken, whoever broke it is around to fix it up. If the build cannot be fixed, everyone will have to check out an ...
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How up-to-date is the Joel test? [closed]

I want to convince my partners that we should have a spec and that bugs should get fixed before writing new code. Should I refer to the Joel test? Do you think that the Joel test is up to date? I ...
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What are the pros and cons for the employer of code questions during an interview? [closed]

The Joel Test question #11 is: "Do new candidates write code during their interview?". What are arguments for and against to ask new candidates to write code during the interview and to make a ...
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Is the Joel Test really a good gauging tool? [duplicate]

I just learned about the Joel Test. I have been computer programmer for 22 years, but somehow I never heard about it before. I consider my best job so far to be this small investment managing company ...
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How to measure an IT workplace? [closed]

During an interview, usually the interviewee is the one being measured. However I believe as an interviewee we should also question the measurement of the IT company that we applied for, but how? I ...
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Does following Agile methodology contradict programmers should have quiet working conditions (one of the Joel test)?

My organization is moving to Agile process of software development. As part of it, the developers and quality engineers will sit together with the cubicle walls scaled down. I am just wondering how ...
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Applicability of the Joel Test to web development companies

QUESTION: How can you re-write the questions of the Joel test to apply to web developers? 1. Do you use source control? (source control for all aspects of your app, including configuration, ...
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Should maven generate jaxb java code or just use java code from source control?

We're trying to plan how to mash together a build server for our shiny new java backend. We use a lot of jaxb XSD code generation and I was getting into a heated argument with whoever cared that the ...
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“Joel test” for B2B hardware/software developers

I discovered the Joel test recently and applied it to my team. However, I but found hard to apply some points to my company since we are developing small chips with both "wired" and programmable ...
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Can a shop score 12 on the Joel Test and yet be anything but Agile (or Lean)?

Inspired by this question - can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test: Can you come up with explanations or examples where a software development organization satisfies technically all 12 ...
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Should Joel Test #3 be updated to require Continuous Integration? [closed]

Joel Test #3 Do you make daily builds? Might it make sense to update this to reflect the more abundant and popular use of Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins? The additional info for #3 talks ...
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Hallway usability testing and quiet working environment together

How can one achieve both the 8th and 12th point, i.e. Do programmers have quiet working conditions? and Do you do hallway usability testing? mentioned in The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better ...