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

This is a simple "yes/no" test to determine the stability and quality of a company. Joel himself thinks that you should only work for companies scoring 11 or 12 out of 12 points.

The original test includes the following 12 questions:

  • Do you use source control?
  • Can you make a build in one step?
  • Do you make daily builds?
  • Do you have a bug database?
  • Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
  • Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
  • Do you have a spec?
  • Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
  • Do you use the best tools money can buy?
  • Do you have testers?
  • Do new candidates write code during their interview?
  • Do you do hallway usability testing?
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