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Play Like You Train

October 06, 2016

You've probably heard this before. Repeatedly. On the school football team from the coach, in a post-match interview or on some inspirational poster. The premise is simple: the habits you form during training will manifest in the big game, for better or worse.

We believe this is just as relevant for development. When we've got a lot on the temptation can be big to cut a corner here and there. The reasoning goes: it's only a small change - what's the worst that could happen?

If you follow the Code Style for even the smallest changes, the whole project will have beautiful code. If you review a quick hotfix with the same care as a full release not only are you more likely to catch issues with the hotfix itself, but your natural tendency will be to follow the right process for the big go-live.

Make the investment to build the right habits when no one is watching, and when everyone is, you'll be ready.

Play like you train.


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