I've just started reading The Mikado Method byOla Ellnstam and Daniel Brolund.  It's a book about a clever, safe way - i.e. a method - of cleaning up ugly old code. 

Flipping through the book, it looks like it covers more modern languages than I and my colleagues are used to, but I'm hoping the method is applicable for unpicking older languages too.  

You can read more here: http://mikadomethod.org/.

Or, you could watch and listen to a talk by my old GE colleague, Kev McCabe here: http://www.leanagilescotland.com/videos/bigmadkev. I haven't watched the video but friends said it was good. 

 

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