Mise en place

A few years back I was watching some kind of British cooking competition on Netflix. The final step on each day was the same/ clean your station—not just a suggested "you should clean up here" but actually a scored part of the competition.

It stuck with me—although not enough to get in my daily habits every day.

It's just as valid in software development as it is for cooking. Lay out your tools and materials so that they can be easily and reliably grabbed for use when the situation gets tough. Put things away when you're done.

I don't know about the analytical proof that it works, but anecdotally it feels like it makes work easier.

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