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


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  1. Jonathan Buford Tue, 13 Jan 2009 18:44:55 UTC

    Ooh, two events on one night – HKSUA and Agile, hrm, tough decision.

  2. Conrad Benham Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:00:24 UTC

    Ooops…I made a mistake in the date. Sorry about that. The date has now been fixed. The date you see above is the corrected date.

    The meeting will be on Monday the 19th of January 2009 at 7:30pm.

    Hopefully, it won’t be so hard to choose now (i.e. no conflict). :-)

  3. Steven Mak Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:11:30 UTC

    Two more links for your reference. I particularly recommend the one by Jeff Sutherland on Nokia Test.

  4. Jonathan Buford Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:30:15 UTC

    Excellent! I’ll be there with bells on.