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JOEL ON SOFTWARE: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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threeTHE JOEL TEST:12 STEPS TO BETTER CODE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2000

Have you ever heard of SEMA?1 It's a fairly esoteric system for measuring how good a software team is. No, wait! Don't read about SEMA! It will take you about six years just to understand that stuff. So I've come up with my own, highly irresponsible, sloppy test to rate the quality of a software team. The great part about it is that it takes about three minutes. With all the time you save, you can go to medical school.

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