One of the many tools at disposal and a reference to the company name (Better Code) is The Joel Test. I keep it here to remind myself of the simple prerequisites of successful software development!

The Joel Test

  • Do you use source control?
  • Can you make a build in one step?
  • Do you make daily builds?
  • Do you have a bug database?
  • Do you fix bugs before writing new code?
  • Do you have an up-to-date schedule?
  • Do you have a spec?
  • Do programmers have quiet working conditions?
  • Do you use the best tools money can buy?
  • Do you have testers?
  • Do new candidates write code during their interview?
  • Do you do hallway usability testing?

I keep this list here to always keep it in mind! For the full article, see The Joel Test