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When assessing a potential employer, the Joel Test is a set of quick yes/no questions to check the technical maturity of their engineering team. 11-12 is great, 10 and under is worrying. Given that it’s 20 years old, consider the Pragmatic Engineer Test that considers both technical and organizational aspects. Again, aim for 11-12. (NB: the author of the latter also has a job board)


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Jamie Macey is a senior software engineer with over 15 years experience in the Ruby and Rails ecosystems, largely on the back-end.

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