Think twice before diving into ocean, check JOEL Test score

As we are graduating this year, most of us spend a significant amount of time looking for a job and certainly I do. There are always jobs out there but are they all good for you? You know the answer, some of them are too good and some of them are average and some of them are really poor. By the way, I’m talking about software developer’s job.  So getting a good job always is our priority which will make use of your talents and expertise. The ideal environment will be professionally stimulating and will offer opportunity for career advancement.

There is a term named Joel Test, most of you already heard about, if not stay with me.

This is a very neat and clean test, very easy to get a quick yes or no to each question.

They questions are –

  • 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?

A score of 12 is perfect, 11 is tolerable, but 10 or lower and you’ve got serious problems.

The truth is that most software organizations are running with a score of 2 or 3, and they need serious help, because companies like Microsoft run at 12 full-time.

Personally I want to get a job where the score at least 10 out of 12, what’s yours?

So before dive, check the score of that company you’re supposed to join.

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