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How did the Joel Test come about?

It's several mini-questions but it's really one ball of questions.

When you came up with the famous 'Joel Test' for rating the quality of a software team how long did it take you to come up with the 12? Did you get to 11 and think "it's just not a round number, I need a twelfth"? Or did you get to 13 and think "no, too many, I'm diluting the whole thing too much"? How did it come together?

John C
Saturday, February 21, 2004

Beats me.

Ask Young Dynamic Joel. Old lethargic Joel is going to take a nap.

Joel Spolsky
Fog Creek Software
Saturday, February 21, 2004

Come on, that was only 3 and a half years ago! Having said that, a lot can happen in 3 and a half years...

John C
Saturday, February 21, 2004

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