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18May/09Off

Pair Programming from the Trenches

On a recent gig for exoftware I introduced pair-programming to a (very) small team and over the course of the engagement we held regular retrospectives specifically about how the pair programming was going.  This was very much an exploratory exercise for a substantial company and the findings were extremely encouraging.  To really benefit from pairing does require some major organisational and cultural changes and this is very early days, but fingers crossed...

Of course, when pair programming is done well, with a group of experienced developers the benefits are enormous, and if you're wondering what pair programming really means, then the following article from Rod Hilton sums it up extremely well...

http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2009/02/21/i-love-pair-programming/

This not only provides an insight into the life of someone doing pair programming, but also hints to the true benefits of pair programming, which is always a tough sell...

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