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> I find that tests pay off pretty quickly in terms of productivity -- somewhere around a week.

I think you overestimate the agency project life cycle. Most of our projects are built and ready for client review in 2-3 weeks total. Once the client makes a few days worth of changes, the project is shipped and we likely do not look at it again for another year or three.

That said, there are always long-running projects and those are the ones you try to include tests in.




Interesting. I worked very briefly in an agency a long time ago. Our projects were on the 2-3 month time frame. I suppose it depends on what you are doing.


We have plenty of those as well, but the overwhelming majority of them are about 2-3 weeks of work once we get started




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