The broken windows theory is a criminological theory of the norm-setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.
The theory simply says if a window is broken, it is likely the rest of the windows will be broken soon. The environment really affects the behavior of people within it. The theory is widen applied in New York city, Albuquerque (where Breaking Bad happen 😀 ) and Netherlands.
Broken-windows is not only applicable for police but also for other things in our life. Like your desk, your planning and your code. Pay attention to little mistake and fix it as soon as possible, or it soon will eat up your success :).