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Submission + - How to convince a team to write good code?

An anonymous reader writes: I am part of engineering team that maintains a very important component in our company. Our code quality and general engineering quality focus has been very weak: we have frequent buggy releases, our latencies are shooting up, our test coverage is nearly non existant, and it is impossible for a new comer in our team to get onboarded and be productive in less than a month due to unnecessary complexity.

A group of 2-3 of us want to change that, and we know what needs to change technically — what are better code review and release processes, better build tools etc. But despite that, the quality of our code and design continues to suffer and that continues to get released in the name of keeping the scheduled release date (product guys don't like to wait). We feel that if the right thing is done everytime, we would can eliminate our issues and still release at the same pace.

How do we affect the social change where everyone is convinced what is better and take the effort to do it?
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How to convince a team to write good code?

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