Rands has posted his own ‘Rands Test‘ in the style of Joel Spolsky’s famous ‘Joel Test‘ for telling if your company is screwed or not.  Rand’s test is focuses on communication while Joel’s original test focused on engineering:

“There is a higher order goal at the intersection of the two questions The Rands Test intends to answer: Where am I? and What the hell is going on? While understanding the answers to these questions will give you a good idea about the communication health of your company, the higher order goal is selfish.”