A lot of people have contributed to this book, directly or indirectly.

Technically, it builds on the work of Michael C. Feathers, Martin Fowler, Robert C. Martin, Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, and Joshua Kerievsky, to mention a few. The phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” feels very appropriate when we think about how our ideas about development came to us.

We’d like to give a big thanks to our colleagues, friends, and families who supported us, and with whom we discussed the method and this book, acquiring many insights for improvements.

We’d also like to thank Laurent Bossavit for noticing the similarities between code restructuring and the pick-up-sticks game, thus eliciting the name for the method.

This book has ...

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