On August 9, 2000, Joel Spolsky published the Joel Test, 12 yes-or-no questions used to score a software development team or organization. Joel described a score of 12 as “perfect”, 11 as “tolerable”, and 10 and lower as indicative of “serious problems” in the organization.

20 years later, how has…


Do I need a software development life cycle? What are the stages, phases, or steps of the SDLC? What is the difference between SDLC and Waterfall? What is the difference between SDLC and Agile?

I’ve seen questions and answers about the software development lifecycle that are rooted in misconceptions and…


I entered the world of agile coaching from standards and compliance-based software process improvement. After reading several recommended books and articles, I noticed that a common theme in agile coaching is the use of different stances. …

Thomas Owens

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