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The Mikado Method by Ola Ellnestam and Daniel Brolund

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Chapter 1. Meet the Mikado Method

This chapter covers

  • A description of the Mikado Method
  • The benefits of the method
  • Common situations where it works

How many times have you tried to fix something in your codebase, breaking a sweat as the changes spiral out of control? How many times has your development work started not with an empty codebase, but with an inherited system that includes the strange constraints of the previous team? You might hope to look over the documentation left behind, and to run the automatic tests and see if they pass, but what happens if there aren’t any tests left behind, and all that’s left is the source code? How can you understand what’s going on, and how can you make big changes to code without ending up with ...

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