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revised Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
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comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
@Pierre 303, I put the link to my blog in the first question I asked and it was moderated out of existence, probably on the grounds of being spam - although I have no evidence of that. I'll try putting it back in. It does expound my position a bit further.
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comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
Semantics, perhaps, but these are some very loaded terms. A release plan I agree with. A schedule I do not. I would argue you have no idea exactly what you'll be working on one iteration out. You know what you intend to do, but probably won't always stick to it. Isn't that the whole point of being agile? The problem is that if I say "schedule" to anyone outside dev they have certain expectations, and I deliberately don't hold to many of them. Worse if I ask "do you have a schedule?", then someone who has a mile-long GANTT chart will also say yes and I cannot be told apart from that.
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comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
not trying to shamelessly blag my blog, but I have written about my answers bit.ly/gjZoUt
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comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
yeah, I guess we are going to get into semantics. I can't quite call user stories "specs" and I can't quite call our planning activity and wall a "schedule". They are in only the most generic way. I also struggle to call our quality engineers Testers and we definitely don;t have a quiet working environment. The last one is the only place we differ really. Our working environment is quite noisy, there's a constant burble of conversation and laughter - it's not the library, it's more like the refectory.
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comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
you're right, we use XP, but I wanted to have as broad a conversation as I could.
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comment When is it reasonable to create my own programming language?
oh, didn't know that and your post is in excellent English, so hard to tell. Not trying to be grammar police either - apologies.
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comment Offshoring: does it ever work?
The fact that big companies are outsourcing is not proof that it works. Neither is repeat business. If you have "down-sized" all your internal knowledge you are left with little choice. I think the model does not work as a general proposition but can work if managed carefully.
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