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Working Code Podcast – Episode 86: The Working Code Test

Published: August 3, 2022

Twenty-two years ago, Joel Spolsky wrote an article titled, The Joel Test, which outlines 12-steps for evaluating the quality of a software team. At the time, Joel was working with Microsoft, building products that were delivered on CD-ROM. As such, his day-to-day workflow was somewhat different than the kind of work that I do. That said, much of what he had in his 12-point litmus test still holds true! Which I believe is a testament to how fundamental his insights were. This week on the show, we review Joel’s list, give each item our personal Yay or Nay, and then add a few requirements of our own.

Also, if you want a quick run-down of what we discussed, Adam summarized much of what we talked about in The Working Code Test over on his blog.

All that and more on this week’s show:

… featuring these beautiful, beautiful people:

With audio editing and engineering by ZCross Media.

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