The Joel test for software: does it apply to Agile? 4

Posted by Conrad Benham on January 13, 2009

How good is your code? Think it’s good? Could it be better? Possibly? How do you know? In the first Agile Hong Kong meeting for 2009, regular attendee Julian Harley will help provide light on this by leading a discussion through The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code. In his own words Joel Spolsky came up with this “…highly irresponsible, sloppy test to rate the quality of a software team.”

Julian will introduce the test and open the floor up for a round table discussion about the test. In particular Julian wants to discuss the following points:

  • does the Joel Test apply as-is?
  • what additions to it make it more appropriate¬† to Agile teams?

While not necessary it would be useful to have a quick glance over as Julian will cover these in the discussion:

When: 7:30pm, Monday 19th of January 2009
Where: ThoughtWorks Hong Kong Office
Address: Room 1304, 13/F, Tai Tung Building, 8 Fleming Road, Wanchai
Map: ThoughtWorks Hong Kong

Hong Kong Web & Tech Meetup Index

Posted by Conrad Benham on January 13, 2009

Are you wondering what other IT groups exist in Hong Kong, aside from Agile Hong Kong? Rex Chung a Ruby guru recently posted a list of of such groups that regularly meet in Hong Kong. Check it out on his blog! Rex also created a Google calendar containing these events. Again, more here.

Competition results

Posted by Conrad Benham on January 12, 2009

The final meeting for 2008 saw us rap up with the presentation and announcement of winners from the coding competition. The aim of the competition was to encourage competitors to think about and implement their programs using Agile and XP practices. While it was difficult for entrants to practice Agile to it’s fullest, some competitors took pragmatic approaches to this. Some competitors explained trade offs they made in notes included in their submissions. XP, on the other hand was much more practical and was practiced by all competitors to varying degrees.

There were four competitors:

Each competitor was awarded a prize as they each demonstrated different components of XP that were equally interesting. Of the solutions submitted, Alex and Michael’s solutions were command line based, implemented in Java. Steve’s solution made use of Google Web Toolkit. Francis’ (who worked in a team) solution was implemented using Ruby on Rails. Congratulations go out to each competitor for taking part in the competition.

A very big thank you goes out to JetBrains who sponsored the prizes for the night. JetBrains gave licenses away to some of their fabulous products. An equally big thank you goes out to Pinpoint Asia for their sponsorship of the pizza.