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Lovis • Edited on

"Do not do refactoring or implement or change anything just because it is a one-liner or very simple. Keep to the task and write a new task on that refactoring or one-liner."

I don't think this is possible. Just like a surgeon needs to cut you open in order to get the actual surgery done, you almost always need to refactor/change something before you can do the actual task (well).
Fowler calls this "preparatory refactoring".
Also, refactoring, not on the backlog. So I wouldn't really waste time writing a new task for each change I think is valuable (also, Boy Scout Rule).
However if you're simply suggesting putting all those things into a different commit, then we're thinking the same 🙂