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Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Joel Test: Rating your development process/environment in 60 seconds

Most things in life can't be adequately evaluated with a checklist. Some things, however, can be subjected to a quick litmus test with a few well chosen questions. Joel provides such a "how well are you doing?" checklist for software development processes in The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code which, as he points out is no CMM-replacement but, it seems to me, is of more use to most small scale development efforts where "which ball park are we in?" is a more interesting question than "was that three sigmas, or four?".

UPDATE 2006-09-08: (chuckle) On re-reading it appears that I dashed the article out too quickly and even appeared to be saying that his test was not useful, which is the reverse of what I meant. I've now corrected and expanded on that.